Pitcher Justin Germano will be designated for assignment Friday afternoon to make room for Jacoby Ellsbury to return from the 60-day disabled list, according to a team source.
Ellsbury has not played since April 13, when he injured his shoulder on a play at second base. In seven games before the injury, he was 5-for-26 with three RBIs.
Germano, a 29-year-old right-hander, saw action in one game with Boston -- last Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Yankees. Germano came on in relief of Franklin Morales and allowed no runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings, recording seven strikeouts and two walks.
With Triple-A Pawtucket this season, Germano is 9-4 in 17 games with a 2.40 ERA. He's accumulated 72 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 105 innings.
Germano has appeared in the majors since 2004 with the Padres, Reds and Indians. He was signed as a free agent in January after being released by the Indians last August.
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As the Red Sox prepare to resume play following the All-Star break, team president Larry Lucchino attempted to boost the spirits of the team's season ticket-holders Friday with a letter. While acknowledging that the team's play "has at times tested the mettle of the faithful," Lucchino pointed to the expected return of some key injured Sox players and noted that the front office is ready to make a move before the trade deadline.
Wrote Lucchino: The one constant off the field is that we have had a veritable All-Star Team on the disabled list. As we begin the second half, we look forward to the return of the "varsity," including Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford, Andrew Bailey, and the ever-dirty Dustin Pedroia.
While this infusion of such talent in late July may make other General Managers green with envy, you can be sure that Ben Cherington and his Baseball Operations Staff will approach the July 31 trading...
Dionte Christmas scored 21 points and had five rebounds and four assists, while E'Twaun Moore added 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting for the Celtics' summer league team in a 94-73 win over the Magic. The Celtics wrapped up play in Orlando with a 4-1 record and head to Las Vegas where they will resume play on Monday.
JaJuan Johnson added seven points and seven rebounds, while Fab Melo grabbed 10 rebounds to go with five points. One game after scoring 17 points, second-round pick Kris Joseph was scoreless in just eight minutes and first-round pick Jared Sullinger had the day off.
Yankees special adviser Reggie Jackson, who was asked by the team to stay out of sight after his comments in a Sports Illustrated story disparaging a number of former and current major leaguers (including Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice), is expected to return soon following an apology he released Thursday.
“In trying to convey my feelings about a few issues that I am passionate about, I made the mistake of naming some specific players," Jackson said in a statement. “This was inappropriate and unfair to those players, some of which are very close friends of mine. I think there are ways to speak from the heart without hurting people, and I’m disappointed that I didn’t take greater care in expressing my views.
“I have been proactively reaching out to make personal apologies to those within the Hall of Fame community that I offended, and to the Yankees...
PAWTUCKET -- After going 2-for-3 with a run scored and handling one fly ball cleanly, Carl Crawford admitted that he is feeling the pressure to return to the Red Sox lineup. Crawford confirmed after Thursday's game with Triple-A Pawtucket that he is on schedule for a return to the big league club on Monday at Fenway if everything goes well in his next two games Friday and Saturday.
Crawford was asked why he is returning on Monday.
"Probably because I feel the pressure of everybody wanting me to be out there," he answered. "I want to be out there, fans want me to be out there, management, everybody, kind of a mixture of all that."
Crawford played just five innings on Thursday but is expected to play full games against Buffalo on Friday and Saturday at McCoy Stadium.
"So, I figure try to get as many at-bats in," Crawford said. "[Monday] was the fastest time we could think of."
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Kirk and Callahan start the 9am discussing the soon-to-come Tom Brady four game suspension and what will happen during that stretch for TB12 and the Pats. The guys then dig back into the Kaepernick discussion in this 9am hour podcast.
Kirk Minihane reads the Wednesday news & gossip headlines, much to the chagrin of the auditioning Gary Tanguay who had prepared to take the lead.
Kirk, Gerry and Gary Tanguay welcome Pats QB Jimmy G to the program, and then discuss the Pats' QB situation in this upload of the entire 8am hour of Wednesday's show.
Dont'a Hightower calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about stepping up in the Patriots locker room, how his new locker means he's following the footsteps of some big names, and how the Patriots defense is shaping up heading into the season.
LaGarrette Blount calls in to talk to Lou and Christian about the end of the preseason, what the locker room is like during these cut-periods, and the overall feel of the Patriots offense heading into the season.
Angry Lou is back, and he's pissed off at how John Farrell has set up his bullpen. Who pitches the 8th? What's everyone's role? No one knows!
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane is joined by his long time nemesis Bart Hubbuch. Kirk and Bart discuss the incident between the two that led to Kirk being let go from Comcast and the long standing issue of deflategate. Bart annoyingly wouldn't get of his speaker phone. This is an explosive interview between two guys who admittedly dislike each other.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
College football is back, so Anthony and Austin talk about what they're looking forward to as the season starts up. Also, they ask a very, very important question -- is the Alabama dynasty finally dead?
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
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