Lowell contradicts the Sox brass on what he said about his thumb

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Red Sox’ assistant GM Ben Cherington on Mike Lowell and his thumb over the weekend:

“Even at the end of the playoffs, in our exit physical, he barely made mention of it.”

Mile Lowell, speaking about his thumb to WEEI’s Rob Bradford last night:

“I was in constant and open communication about my thumb situation from the moment it happened to every week after.”

I have no idea who’s telling the truth here, but I think Rosenthal is right: Lowell is done in Boston.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”