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Wakefield's next start unknown

Updated: September 22, 2009, 10:43 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPNBoston.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tim Wakefield's season is not over, but the team still doesn't know when he will start next.

The 43-year-old Wakefield threw five innings in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Royals. He gave up five runs and had trouble fielding his position in the rain, mostly because of the pain in his back. The disc in his back is creating pressure on a nerve and will almost certainly need surgery in the offseason.

Wakefield will not be pitching every five days, manager Terry ...

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