The skipper's job may have gotten a little bit more difficult following Friday night's heartbreaking loss in extra innings to the Rangers. The Red Sox blew an 8-2 lead before losing 10-9 in extra innings.
Josh Beckett struggled again and wasn't able to protect the large lead, putting the bullpen in a position where they had to be stretched thin, something that's compounded by the fact that it was the series opener in the middle of August in Texas.
Making matters even worse, the Red Sox may have lost Jacoby Ellsbury again. The outfielder fell on his side in the first inning and was eventually removed from the game with what was called a left side injury, the same side in which Ellsbury has battled rib injuries all year.
"We're going to send him out to L.A.[Saturday] as quickly as possible," Francona told Heidi Watney on W.B. Mason's Red Sox Extra Innings. "Dr. [Lewis] Yocum has already examined him, they've MRI'd him there and I'm sure we'll do it all over again and get an opinion where we are as quickly as we can."
Not only that, but infielder Jed Lowrie was forced to leave the game suffering from heat exhaustion and catcher Victor Martinez may have re-aggravated a toe injury that's bothered him for much of the year.
To hear more from the manager, be sure to check out the video below.