Red Sox reviewing team's use of Toradol

Red Sox GM Ben Cherington (left) and manager John Farrell (right). (US Presswire)

The Red Sox are reviewing their use of the controversial anti-inflammatory drug Toradol, an official told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. The drug is neither illegal nor banned by MLB.

“We are reviewing our policy in terms of its use -- how we use it, not whether we use it," said the official to Kernan. "It’s a legal drug. A doctor, a licensed physician, has the right to prescribe it. We’re looking at it to make sure we’re putting our players’ health first. It’s an issue where there’s increased awareness.’’

Manager John Farrell defended use of the drug, which he says "guys have used for a number of years as part of a maintenance or really to handle any kind of more than normal aches and pains." Left-hander Jon Lester called it a "glorified Advil," and said "the dosages we used are so small."

Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said Monday he received regular injections of Toradol while with Boston. Kernan says Papelbon received the injection a half-hour before games starting back in 2007. The Phillies told him he could no longer use Toradol after signing with them last offseason.

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