Green won't be with Sox in New York

Updated: September 24, 2009, 7:34 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPNBoston.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Red Sox infielder Nick Green remains in Boston with what his agent said was a bulging disc in his back, and will not join the team in New York City this weekend when it plays the Yankees.

Green left the team on Sunday and flew back to Boston to have tests run on what he described as a "dead leg." Manager Terry Francona said at the time that Green was dealing with a back issue, and he was rehabbing it and would rejoin the team on Friday.

Now, according to Green's agent Tom O'Connell, that will not happen.

"They're in the infantile stage of treating it," said O'Connell. "Hopefully he'll be able to get back on the field. His chances of being on the postseason roster -- if he's healthy -- are pretty solid.

"The ultimate goal is to be healthy for the postseason."

Francona confirmed the news during his pregame meeting with reporters Wednesday.

"He's not going to be doing baseball activities this weekend so we're going to leave him in Boston," Francona said. "[The injury is] something we're gonna have to deal with here."

O'Connell said the disc is pinching on a nerve in his back, which likely caused the weakness he felt in his leg. The disc is swollen, so they are trying to get the swelling down in hopes that Green, who is hitting .236 with six homers and 35 RBIs, will be healthy enough to return.

"When you have a disc problem it's usually because it's aggravated," said O'Connell. "The goal is to shrink it down to a size where it's not an issue."

Francona said the ailment pitcher Tim Wakefield has in his back -- where there's a floating piece pinching on a nerve -- is different than what Green has.

"A bulging disc can sometimes be treated with [anti-inflammatories]," Francona said. "He could be OK tomorrow. Once it goes away, [Green is] going to be OK.

"Once they can alleviate [the swelling] he's got a chance to be OK."

The Red Sox recalled infielder Chris Woodward on Monday after Green left the team. On Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium Woodward was taking early infield practice about five hours before the game against the Royals. Woodward and Jed Lowrie were taking grounders at both second base and shortstop. Woodward, though, said he hadn't heard any update on Green.

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