Red Sox manager Terry Francona said his team is making contingency plans in case Josh Beckett still is ready to make his scheduled start Saturday in Pittsburgh.
Beckett was pushed back from his start Tuesday night due to what the team classified as "intestinal turmoil," and Francona described Wednesday as "a good old-fashioned case of the flu."
"He’s really sick. Doctors are trying to figure out," Francona said. "I have not seen him this morning, but he wasn’t good yesterday again. We’re going to have to play this by ear. There are some pitchers that, because of the off-day, we’re actually OK. There are some either-ors. [Andrew] Miller will throw a shorter side today, just in case. We don’t want to run him out there the first day he’s OK. Because we know him so well, we want him to have Day 2, Day 3, Day 4. We’ll see how he responds today and tomorrow.”
Bobby Jenks, who continues to recover from strained left intercostal muscles, was optimistic he would be able to come off the 15-day disabled list either this weekend in Pittsburgh, or the following few days when the Red Sox visit Philadelphia. The reliever is set to throw his second side session Thursday after tossing 20 pitches off a mound Tuesday.
"I've been throwing, feeling good," Jenks said prior to the Red Sox series finale against the Padres Wednesday afternoon. "We're right on schedule."
The recovery process is somewhat new to Jenks, who initially thought the injury suffered while pitching at Yankee Stadium earlier this month was the same bursa issue he had dealt with throughout his professional career. But after an examination, it was determined the ailment was due to the intercostal muscles residing underneath the pre-exisiting injury.
Unlike with the bursa, the intercostals can only heal through rest, limiting...
MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday morning, shortly before the Red Sox and Padres were scheduled to start their series finale at Fenway.
There has been speculation that Adrian Gonzalez will make an appearance in the outfield during the upcoming nine-game interleague road trip so that David Ortiz can continue to see regular at-bats. Gammons said it might happen, but it's unlikely to occur very often.
"I think [Terry Francona] might use Gonzalez for a couple of games, maybe one in left field in Philadelphia, one in left field in Houston, which are both short," Gammons said. "Otherwise, I don't think they'll get too fancy. I really don't. I think they'll rely on their pitching and get by. It's tough. They're both in the top five offensive players in the American League, but as long as baseball plays by two different rules, this is one of the things you have to...
Nenad Krstic has signed a two-year contract with CSKA Moscow, according to a press release from his agents. While Krstic technically is under contract with the Celtics until the end of the month, this deal has been rumored for the last month.
Team president Danny Ainge had indicated a willingness to try to re-sign the center, and his departure leaves them with an uncertian frontcourt behind Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal. Glen Davis is an unrestricted free agent, and Ainge will need to fill multliple spots up front.
For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
With left-hander Clayton Richard on the mound for the Padres, the Red Sox will start Darnell McDonald in left field and Mike Cameron in right in the series finale at Fenway Park Wednesday afternoon. Left-handed hitters have only been slightly less successful against the San Diego southpaw this season, hitting .270 compared to the .276 clip compiled by right-handed batters.
Here is the lineup the Sox will be sending out against Richard and the Padres:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Kevin Youkilis 3B
David Ortiz DH
Darnell McDonald LF
Marco Scutaro SS
Jason Varitek C
Mike Cameron RF
John Lackey P
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
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Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
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Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.
Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.
Dale, Michael and Jerry revisit the news that Brady will be on the field for Week One and discuss what the Krafts could and should do about their penalty.
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Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
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