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Surprise: MacDougal has MRI


The conspicuous absence of Mike MacDougal the last three games, all 1-run affairs into the late innings, leads me to believe that the only completely healthy and consistently effective reliever left in the pen is Matt Thornton.
Mike MacDougal, who hasn't pitched since Saturday because of tightness in his right shoulder area, might be available to pitch Friday night when the Sox begin a three-game series in Oakland.

MacDougal visited specialist Lewis Yocum and had an MRI exam on Tuesday that revealed no abnormalities.

"I'm just a little tight from my previous injury at the beginning of the year," said MacDougal, who missed the first half of the season with Kansas City because of a strained right forearm muscle. "I'm just being careful with it."