PHILADELPHIA -- Terry Francona met with the media on Wednesday afternoon and was asked about comments made by Peter Gammons during his interview on the Mut & Merloni show earlier in the day.
Gammons made the suggestion that the health of Lackey -- who takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park Wednesday with a 5-6 record and major league-worst 7.36 ERA -- is still an area of worry for the Red Sox.
"With all the problems with Lackey’s elbow, is this guy going to end up needing Tommy John surgery before August? That’s something they have to decide," Gammons said.
Francona quickly dismissed the idea that surgery is being considered for Lackey.
"He's pitching tonight. I don't have a good answer for that other than 'no,' " Francona said when asked if Lackey might need Tommy John surgery. "Guys go through aches and pains, that's the way the game is. If it ever gets to the point with...
PHILADELPHIA -- Clay Buchholz said before the Red Sox' game with the Phillies Wednesday night that there is a possibility he won't pitch again until after the All-Star break, which runs from July 11-14.
Buchholz, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his lower left back, was originally eying a July 4 return, is still feeling the ailment that put him on the DL June 19.
"If it doesn't get better in the next four or five days, I would say yes," said Buchholz when asked if a realistic timetable would have him coming back after the All-Star break. "I would like to pitch before then. I'm not going to go out there and hurt something else to overcompensate for my back. I'm going to try and be smart instead of just going out there and having a bulldog mentality."
Buchholz attempted his first side session since going on the DL Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the exercise didn't go as well as the...
PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee told WEEI.com on Wednesday that the Red Sox had no contact with him during his time as a free agent last offseason.
"Nonexistent," Lee said when asked about the level of interest from the Red Sox last winter. "I think they were satisfied with their pitching, they weren't looking for pitching. Nothing with any substance to it, they were never serious."
Lee -- who signed a five-year, $120 million deal with the Phillies last December -- tossed a two-hit shutout vs. the Sox on Tuesday.
"I was open to whatever, but they were never serious," said Lee, who allowed just one run in his five June starts and is 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA on the season. "It was just never much of a thought."
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona joined The Big Show Wednesday to discuss his decision to play Adrian Gonzalez in right field against the Phillies. The move allows designated hitter David Ortiz to see game action in a National League park, as he'll play first base.
"To be complete honest about it, it's something I've been thinking about, and I don't want to do it very often," Francona said. "That's the truth. It may not be in our interest to win the game tonight. I don't know. Does the offense outweigh the defense? We'll find out, but at the least, it gets David a game, because that's important.
"He's had three at-bats on this trip. If he goes 10-11 games without playing, that's going to kill him, and that's no good. He's too important to our offense, so we're taking a little bit of a gamble here on the defensive side. Our lineup certainly looks a lot better, and it's good for David."
After many debates about the merits of having Adrian Gonzalez play the outfield in order to get David Ortiz into the lineup during the DH-less, three-city, nine-game swing through National League ballparks, the Red Sox have decided to pull the trigger at the midpoint of the roadtrip. After Ortiz spent the first four games of the roadtrip as a pinch-hitter off the bench, he will start at first base on Wednesday against Phillies starter Vince Worley. Gonzalez will play right field in a major league game for the first time since the final weekend of the 2005 season, when he did so as a member of the Rangers.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.
Head coach Bill Belichick sits down with Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran on Patriots Monday and discusses the team's progression in this preseason, and the acquisition of WR Reggie Wayne.
Dale, Jerry and Tom E Curran talk with Patriots DE Chandler Jones as he comes off the practice field on a Patriots Monday.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
Joe and Dave talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, who hit his first career inside the park home run and propelled the Red Sox to a 6-4 win over the New York Mets.
Joe & Dave talked to the rookie left-hander, who allowed one earned run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Royals at Fenway.
Joe and Dave are joined buy newly appointed President of Baseball Operations for the Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski. Dave talks about wanting to hit the ground running in Boston, and joining the organization during the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
The guys discuss some possible headlines come Pats opening night and talk about the reception that Roger Goodell might get if he's in Foxboro.
On the brink of the Pats' third preseason game, Christian kicks around some players that we might see suit up tonight in Charlotte.
The guys discuss a number of off-topics that are in the news today, including Sir Charles calling out his former agent, a Texas little league coach gives a pre-game talk for the ages & Jay Gruden is becoming sensitive.
We wrap up the week with the best in sound that you may have missed, plus our intern on the mic Laroy Streat has some well-wishes for the birthday boy Jerry Thornton.
We discuss the infamous apologies, and how a little humble pie could have ended this entire Chris Mortensen misreporting mess way sooner.
We talk some Sox, including all things Hanley Ramirez.
Chris Mortensen went on a sports radio station in Arizona today and talked about his deflate gate reporting, and said that the Krafts called him to apologize over the whole situation. Only thing is there's a report tonight from D&C saying their sources at the Patriots are saying that did not happen, could Mort be, dare I say, wrong?
Chris Villani and Lenny Megs talk with Bob McGovern about the proceedings in the Tom Brady and NFL's deflate gate court case.
Villani is in for Mikey, he's talking about Chris Mortensen going on an Arizona station and talking about deflate gate and getting an apology from the Krafts.
It’s peek draft season so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are back with today’s Fantasy Football Podcast on Draft Strategy. Pete Davidson’s article at Rotobahn.com “The 2015 Draft Plan” fuels a deep conversation on how to approach the draft at all the key positions Quarterback, Runningback, Wide Receiver, Tight End and Defense. Get prepared and Happy Drafting!
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Gerry and Kirk discuss deflategate and the Patriots relationship with ESPN.
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