By STEVEN KRASNER
BOSTON -- Tim Wakefield played catch for the second day in a row, but there decision yet as to a target date for the knuckleballer to return to active duty.
Wakefield is on the disabled list because of stiffness in the back of his right shoulder. The Red Sox certainly don't want to rush him back too soon, especially given what happened last year, when the veteran pitcher suffered a similar injury late in the year that ultimately scratched him from the World Series roster.
"We want him to be able to come back and pitch with health. We don't want him to go backward (by returning too soon)t," said manager Terry Francona Sunday morning.
Francona said the Sox had been hoping to give Wakefield a target date to shoot for, but circumstances are making that difficult.
"We wanted to have that target date and work backwards to get him ready, but we have two days off (over the next two weeks) and we can maneuver the rotation is someone needs rest and we don't know that yet," said Francona. "We'll figure it out."