Daisuke Matsuzaka's unimpeded progress in recovering from Tommy John surgery last June is ready for the next step. The right-hander will start a rehab assignment with Salem of the High-A Carolina League on Monday, and he will have a pitch limit of roughly 75 (up from the 59 he threw in his last extended spring training outing).
"Daisuke feels really good," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's ready to start dealing with competition rather than rehabilitation."
Valentine said that Matsuzaka will still face controlled competition, meaning that he won't be allowed to throw 30 pitches in an inning. However, the outing will start a progression of approximately five starts after which Matsuzaka could be ready or nearly ready to return to the big leagues. The right-hander will face a 30-day rehab clock, meaning that he could be pitching again in the majors by the end of May, less than a year after his surgery.
Matsuzaka is 49-30...
The Celtics on Friday confirmed that they have bolstered their thin front court by signing Sean Williams. The Boston College product is in his fourth season in the NBA. He appeared in eight games for the Mavericks and 27 games with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League this season, after playing three years with the Nets and last season mostly overseas.
In order to make the acquisition Boston requested waivers on Jermaine O'Neal, who has been out for the season with a wrist injury since before the All-Star break. Just weeks after losing O'Neal, Chris Wilcox was ruled out for the year when it was discovered he needed aortic surgery to remedy with a cardiac irregularity.
Without O'Neal and Wilcox the Celtics have relied heavily on Brandon Bass, Kevin Garnett and Greg Stiemsma to carry the workload up front. The C's brought in Ryan Hollins for added depth on March 23, but he has been used sparingly.
In his eight appearances for Dallas...
The Celtics knew they would be shorthanded for their Friday night matchup against the Hawks as they traveled to Atlanta without Rajon Rondo, Mickael Pietrus and Ray Allen. On Friday morning the term “shorthanded” changed to "nearly depleted" as Doc Rivers told reporters he probably will rest Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett against the Hawks as well.
The Celtics could very well face the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics are guaranteed one of the top four seeds by virtue of their Atlantic Division title, but that does not automatically give them homecourt advantage in the playoffs. If Boston is the 4 seed and the 5 seed has a better record, the C's would find themselves on the road. The Hawks are the fifth seed and have a one-game lead in the loss column over the Celtics, making Friday night's contest anything but meaningless.
On the other hand, team president Danny Ainge and Rivers have been...
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss the B's 2-1 loss in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Capitals.
On the Capitals' first goal, coming 1:22 into the game, Ference collided with Alex Ovechkin at center ice and the puck got past Zdeno Chara, setting up the Caps on a 2-on-1. Ovechkin jumped in the air -- apparently trying to get around Ference -- and knocked over the B's defenseman, but Ference wasn't sure if it should have been called interference.
"I didn't see the whole play, because I felt Ovechkin on my back," he said with a laugh. "I'm not really sure how it looked on TV, but it felt like he was on my back, or on my neck. … I haven't seen a replay of it. I don't know how it looks, but I definitely couldn't get to the puck, that's for sure."
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, the 22-year-old who is filling in after...
Dr. Charles Steinberg, Red Sox special adviser to the president/CEO, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about Fenway Park's 100th anniversary celebration scheduled for Friday afternoon, before the Red Sox play the Yankees.
Steinberg, who is orchestrating the event, said he expects close to 200 former players to attend, although he added that there is a lot of uncertainty.
"A lot of moving parts. A lot of people coming from all over -- maybe they'll get here, maybe they won't. We'll see," he said. "So, you do a lot of on-the-fly adjusting. All you want is for the fans to see some of the folks that inspire memories and foster conversations. There's no shortage of that here."
Steinberg would not confirm any of the players who have committed, although he did indicate that the team did all it could to accommodate 94-year-old Bobby Doerr, who said upon his last visit to Boston that he would not return...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
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 Castiglione & Tim Neverett talked to the new Sox reliever, who got his first save for the team today against the Twins.
Christian recaps the Sox 2-1 loss to the Twins. Eduardo Rodriguez had a good showing tonight but couldn't get the run support needed to secure a W. Thoughts on all of that as well as your calls on Red Sox Review.
Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.
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.
Respected journalist Jackie MacMullan is forced to spend ten minutes listening to previous show renditions of Gary Tanguay's erotic writings, including from his novel 'Love in a Day.'
Dino, Gary Tanguay and Jackie MacMullan discuss the state of the presidential race, including whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton have driven any voters from one side of the political spectrum to the other.
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan are in studio to discuss the state of the Celtics, including Gerald Green's signing over the weekend and a glut of players on the roster.
Glenn and Tom Caron talk about Michael Jordan's letter where he calls for a halt to gun violence. They also talk about MJ's timing in using this platform; something he'd not done in the past.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed by her Constituency at a breakfast to kick off the DNC, and Glenn and Tom Caron discuss what that means for the Convention.
Glenn and Tom Caron talk about the Aroldis Chapman trade; looking at what the Cubs gave up, the price for Relievers might be too steep for the Sox to consider.
The guys welcome back Michael from vacation and give him crap for his outfit.
We look back at some of the classic temper tantrums of athletes and coaches.
With less than a week before camp opens up, we discuss some Patriots on a day that just feels like NFL training camp weather.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Boston comedy legend Lenny Clarke. If you are a fan of stand up comedy this is the podcast for you. Kirk and Lenny talk about Carlin, Pryor, Williams, Murphy and many more.
Kirk Minihane is joined by former ESPN ombudsman and New York Times writer Robert Lipsyte. Kirk and Robert discuss the current state of ESPN and how Robert feels he did in his role as ombudsman. They both criticize ESPN for the lack of journalism at ESPN and look at some of the curious decisions the world wide leader has made in the past few years.
Kirk Minihane is joined by Lenny Dykstra to talk about his book, his life pleasing older women, and Lenny tries to avoid his past issues with money. This is one explosive episode.
Christian Fauria and Dr Gill talk about what you need to do to be in the best shape to help your golf game. What exercises you should and shouldn't be doing so you can impress on the course.
Uncle Buck breaks down the WWE Draft and the new rosters for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live.
This week we look back at the Open Championship.
After a few callers argue with Kirk and Gerry about racial profiling in America, the guys get to WEEI's Michael Holley disagreeing with Callahan on the inclusion of Michael Brown into recent examples of tragic deaths of blacks in America.More from this show
Glenn, Lou, and Christian examine the latest Pitcher rumored to be on the Sox' radar.More from this show
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk about the end of it all... Tom Brady will not seek a higher appeal of the US District Court's decision.More from this show
Gerry, Mut and Kirk dig back into the Melania Trump speech on night one of the RNC and discuss how the Trump team will and should handle things going forward.More from this show
ESPN analyst, Stephen A. Smith joins to the show to defend his comments that Tom Brady shouldn’t be fighting to the Supreme Court. Glenn, Lou, and Christian demand Stephen explain his reasoning behind calling Brady, “uppity.”More from this show