FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Addressing the media outside the players' clubhouse at JetBlue Park, Daisuke Matsuzaka said that he does have a date in mind to return from Tommy John surgery, but chose not to divulge it. He did reveal, however, that return date might be closer than the predicted June or July activation.
"The trainers have mentioned an approximate date where they expect me to make a return, but having said that I want to come back at 100 percent and I don't want to rush things and I want to make sure my body is right when I come back," he said. "But I also would like to come back as early as possible."
When asked what the date was, Matsuzaka responded through translator Jeff Cutler, "I don't want to say, but it's probably earlier than what you guys have in mind."
Matsuzaka also said he spoke to his new manager, Bobby Valentine, Monday, discussing (among other things) Valentine's assertion that the...
FORT MYERS -- The matter of compensation between the Red Sox and Cubs for the departure of former Boston GM Theo Epstein has been settled, with the Sox receiving right-hander Chris Carpenter and a player to be named from the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named. Right-hander Bobby Jenks was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Carpenter.
Carpenter, a 2008 third-rounder who is 26 years old, had a 2.79 ERA, eight strikeouts and seven walks while making his major league debut in late-2011, tossing 9 2/3 innings in 10 games. He limited left-handed batters to a .143 average (2-for-14) and held opponents scoreless in eight of 10 outings. The right-hander also combined for 32 relief appearances between Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa clubs last year, going 3-4 with two saves and a 5.91 ERA (28 ER/42.2 IP) between the two stops with 34 strikeouts and 27 walks in 42 2/3 innings.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- According to an industry source, the player the Red Sox will be getting as compensation for Theo Epstein leaving to become the president for the Cubs will be a pitcher on Chicago's 40-man roster. The particulars are expected to be announced Tuesday, according to the source.
The Cubs currently have 21 pitchers on their 40-man roster. (To see Chicago's entire 40-man roster, click here.)
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Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knicks lineup Monday night after missing seven games, and it went as many New York fans feared. The Knicks fell to the Nets, 100-92, as Deron Williams scored 38 points in living up to a personal challenge to outplay Jeremy Lin, who had 21 points and nine assists.
"I don't really watch too many games, but I do see Twitter, people tweet me and every, you know, three lines it was 'Jeremy Lin destroyed Deron Williams,' " Williams said, referring to the first game of Linsanity on Feb. 4. "So I definitely took offense to that in the first game and definitely, like I said, I had it circled."
Meanwhile, Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni cast some doubt on Anthony's claim that he told his coach to give Lin more playing time earlier this month, kickstarting Linsanity.
"I don't remember the conversation," D'Antoni said. "Maybe he did. I don't remember."
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The Celtics came into Monday's game with the Mavericks having lost three straight and five of six. It was also the second night of a back-to-back on the road and the next one of those they win will be the first.
Brandon Bass is out with knee problems. Kevin Garnett is away from the team and dealing with a family issue, and to top off the impending disaster, Rajon Rondo was suspended two games by the NBA after he threw the ball at referee Sean Wright in Sunday's game.
In a completely unsurprising result, the Celtics lost, 89-73.
To make matters worse, Jermaine O'Neal (sprained wrist) and Chris Wilcox (abductor strain) also left the game in the second half, leaving Doc Rivers to play a small lineup with three guards and two small forwards.
The Celtics are below .500 for the first time since Jan. 29. They play Oklahoma City on Wednesday in the final game before the All-Star break.
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