Jacoby Ellsbury spoke for approximately 6 1/2 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, three hours before his scheduled return to action against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park as the leadoff batter and center fielder. Ellsbury said that he is aware of the criticism some have leveled against him for sitting out and that he doesn't know what to expect in terms of fan reaction.
"The fans have been great to me this entire time, my whole career," Ellsbury said. "I'm not sure what to expect. I'm just know they've been great in the past. I'm excited. I'm a kid on Christmas. I've been counting down the days. I'm excited for it and the day can't come quicker."
Ellsbury has been out with fractured ribs in his right side since May 28 after trying to play with the injury in Philadelphia. He initially suffered the injury on April 11 in Kansas City in a collision with Adrian Beltre when the two collided in the...
The Red Sox plan to option outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the start of Wednesday's game agains the Indians in order to clear a roster spot for returning leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury. Though the move won't become official until close to game time, Nava -- who was recalled on Monday, aafter Mike Cameron landed on he disabled list, and went 1-for-2 -- has already been informed of the move, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.
In other news:
--Francona suggested that Ellsbury might not always lead off, as the team monitors his workload.
--Catcher Jason Varitek did some light jogging for the first time since suffering his broken foot.
The Celtics announced on their team website that they have come to terms with Shaquille O’Neal. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” Danny Ainge said in the release. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.” According to the report O’Neal will wear No. 36.
The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have named Doug Jarvis as an assistant coach. The move rounds out a bench that also consists of head coach Claude Julien and assistants Doug Houda and Geoff Ward. Craig Ramsay left the Bruins earlier in the offseason to become head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Jarvis most recently coached with the Canadiens from 2005 until 2009 and worked under Julien during the 2005-06 season. As a player, Jarvis holds the current record for the longest games played streak with 964.
For more on the Bruins, go to weei.com/bruins.
Jacoby Ellsbury will be hitting leadoff when he makes his long-awaited return to the lineup Wednesday night against former Sox pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians. Shortstop Marco Scutaro, who filled in nicely atop the order in Ellsbury's absence, will hit second. Mike Lowell, who homered on Tuesday, is out of the lineup as Victor Martinez mans first base with Kevin Cash behind the plate.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Marco Scutaro, SS
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Victor Martinez, 1B
5. J.D. Drew, RF
6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
7. Ryan Kalish, LF
8. Jed Lowrie, 2B
9. Kevin Cash, C
SP -- Jon Lester
For more on the game, including batter vs. pitcher matchups, go to weei.com/redsox.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the start of Patriots training camp. Players began arriving for camp on Wednesday, and Bill Belichick broke the news that Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play.
Tom "Eugene" Curran joins the guys to discuss how the Patriots look coming out of OTAs. Then Christian and Lou discuss the Patriots playbook scandal.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Tom Brady's work in mini-camp and his response to recent criticism of his play.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.
The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher puts peanuts in his Diet Coke, and Tim learns that this is actually normal,... in the south. Lou learns that he can get his yard trimmed up nice by goats. Christian sparks a conversation about the stupidest things ever done in the name of love.
We discuss Sidney Rice's retirement from the NFL, and the greater issue, which is concussions and head injuries in the NFL.
We tackle four topics all revolving around predictions and concerns for the Patriots entering the 2014 season.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Danny breaks down the Canelo vs Lara fight and the controversy. Mike Tyson's former trainer Ronnie Shields joins the show.
Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox leadoff hitter Brock Holt, who since being inserted into the top spot in the batting order has been among the best leadoff men in baseball. Heading into Tuesday night, no other leadoff hitter has had more hits (77) since May 23, with Holt having played every inning of every game during that stretch.
This week, Sam Packard and Zach Geld talk about the Post-Pierzynski Red Sox. Julian Edlow of the Green Street Blog, joins the program to analyze the Celtics off-season, and finally an over-eager discussion of fantasy football.