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02/17/2012 - 4:42pm
Salty on Tek: 'I'd love to have him around'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said Friday he has no idea whether or not Jason Varitek - his mentor with the team - will be back when pitchers and catchers officially report on Sunday at the player development complex. 

"We've talked here and there," Saltalamacchia said. "He's been been busy this offseason, obviously with his wedding, being at home with kids and working out. Every time I've talked with him, he's been coming home from the gym or throwing, hitting. He's prepared to play but he's got to make a choice, too. I don't know what that is but I'd love to have him around."

There were conflcting reports in January as to whether Varitek had been offered a minor league deal by the Red Sox, as the team waits for word on whether he will report this spring. Team president Larry Lucchino later confirmed the team did offer him a minor league contract and invite to camp. The team acquired Kelly...

02/17/2012 - 1:46pm
Source: Spring training roster appears set

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the spring training roster sent out by the Red Sox Thursday -- which includes 64 total players -- is most likely a group that will not be added to prior to reporting day for pitchers and catchers (Feb. 19). The news suggests that the team will not be making any additions via the free agent market, such as pitcher Roy Oswalt, or by bringing back catcher Jason Varitek.

Varitek's agent Scott Boras told the Boston Herald Friday that the catcher has "not made any decisions yet" regarding whether or not the 39-year-old planned on playing in 2012. Tim Wakefield, another veteran who was viewed as a potential late addition to the Sox' camp, will formally announce his retirement at 5 p.m. Friday in Fort Myers.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told WEEI.com Monday that he didn't expect any major moves in the days leading up to the official start of spring training.

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02/17/2012 - 1:44pm
Red Sox rehire Steinberg as senior advisor

The Red Sox announced Friday that Dr. Charles Steinberg, who served as executive vice president/public affairs for the Red Sox from 2002 through 2007, will return to the team as senior advisor to the president/CEO.

Steinberg left the Sox in 2007 for the Dodgers, serving as executive vice president/public relations and marketing until 2010, when he became a senior advisor to commissioner Bud Selig.

“The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park marks an extraordinary time in the history of the Red Sox, and our ownership group was eager to have ‘Dr. Charles’ return to be an active and creative participant,” club president/CEO Larry Lucchino said in a statement. “We are grateful that commissioner Selig has agreed to let him return at this historic time for our franchise.”
 
Said Steinberg: “It is an honor to return for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. And to again help foster,...

02/17/2012 - 1:14pm
Peverley (MCL) out 4-6 weeks
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday that forward Rich Peverley will miss 4-6 weeks with a third-degree MCL sprain in his right knee. Peverley injured his knee in a collision with Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill Wednesday night and returned to Boston for testing Thursday. 

Peverley had been filling in for the concussed Nathan Horton on the team's top line. With Peverley out of the lineup, coach Claude Julien moved Benoit Pouliot from the third line to the top line in Friday's morning skate. Daniel Paille moved from the fourth line to Pouliot's spot on the third line, while Josh Hennessy will make his Bruins debut Friday on the fourth line. 

For more on the Bruins, including which players they might need to trade for, visit weei.com/bruins.


02/17/2012 - 1:09pm
Reports: Okajima fails physical with Yankees

According to multiple reports, left-handed reliever Hideki Okajima has failed his physical with the Yankees and will not be part of New York's spring training camp. The reports suggest the 36-year-old's minor-league deal, signed this offseason, would be voided.

Okajima spent the majority of 2011 with Triple-A Pawtucket, having been designated for assignment by the Red Sox in May. In June, the former All-Star told WEEI.com that he wanted to be traded. He finished '11 having pitched in seven games for the Red Sox, and 34 games with the PawSox. In Triple-A, Okajima went 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings.

Okajima pitched in 261 games over five seasons with the Red Sox, going 17-8 with a 3.11 ERA while saving six games. In 2007, his first season with the Sox, he made the American League All-Star team while finishing sixth in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.

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