ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been rehabbing his right elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery, made an appearance in the visitors clubhouse at Tropicana Field prior to the Red Sox' series-opener against the Rays.
Matsuzaka, who underwent the surgery June 10, was optimistic about his progress, saying he was about a full month ahead of where teammate Junichi Tazawa was at similar points of his rehab from the same operation. The Sox starter reported through translator Kenta Yamada that he has almost fully regained his range of motion.
"One thing the doctors were surprised at was that, when they opened up my elbow, the ligament was completely torn," Matsuzaka said. "The damage was worse than expected."
Matsuzaka said his rehab consists of working out nearly every day, starting at 8:30 a.m. and lasting until 3 p.m. He did suggest that trying to rush back is a constant challenge.
With all signs pointing to an agreement over the weekend, NFL owners and players issued a joint statement late Friday afternoon acknowledging that significant progress has been made in reaching a new collective bargaining agreement and ending the four-month NFL lockout.
The owners and players met Friday for nearly eight hours, then issued a joint statement about their progress.
"The discussions this week have been constructive and progress has been made on a wide range of issues," the statement read. "Our legal and financial teams will continue to work through the weekend. We will continue to respect the confidentiality orders of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan and will therefore refrain from commenting on specific issues or aspect of the negotiations. We will provide additional information [as]developments in this process continue."
The statement comes as both sides reached a breakthrough in negotiations between NFL...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Carl Crawford will bat third and play left field for Pawtucket Friday night against the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium. The Red Sox star left fielder has been on the disabled list since June 18 with a strained left hamstring.
He indicated to reporters before Friday's game that he is limited to six innings in the first of his two rehab stints with the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.
"Hopefully, it won't take me that long to catch up," Crawford said in the Pawtucket dugout. "But that's why I'm down here, first time on my own. I was a little worried about it when it happened but it's taken care of now."
If all goes as planned, Crawford will play again Saturday night for Pawtucket and then travel to Baltimore on Sunday, where he will join the Red Sox on Monday when they open a three-game series with the Orioles at Camden Yards.
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According to Jeff Zriebec of the Baltimore Sun (via twitter), Orioles DH Vladimir Guerrero suffered what the hitter described as "a little bit of a 'crack' in a bone in [his] right hand," the result of a stray fastball from Red Sox starter Kyle Weiland that hit him in the hand in the fifth inning of Sunday's Orioles-Red Sox contest. With both teams having already been warned, Weiland and Sox manager Terry Francona were ejected following that plunking.
Though Guerrero was hoping to play through the injury, he was unable to make it through batting practice on Friday, according to Zriebec, and he could land on the disabled list if he doesn't show improvement in the coming days. The Red Sox and Orioles played three tense games in the final weekend of the All-Star break in a series that was headlined by the fight between Sox DH David Ortiz and O's reliever Kevin Gregg that resulted in four-game...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series-opener against the Rays, David Ortiz confirmed that he has appealed the four-game suspension levied on him by Major League Baseball for his part in Friday night's confrontation with Orioles' pitcher Kevin Gregg. The designated hitter said that he didn't know when he might here if the punishment might be reduced.
"I couldn't tell you anything now. I've got to wait," Ortiz said. "I'm appealing right now and whenever I hear back I'll let you guys know."
Ortiz also talked about the Gregg incident, along with his reaction -- or lack thereof -- to reliever Mike Gonzalez throwing behind him Sunday afternoon. He also touched on whether or not might be any carry-over when the teams face-off for a three-game series in Baltimore starting Monday.
"Hopefully not. Not from my side," said Ortiz when asked if there would be any repercussions from the weekend's events...
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Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
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Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
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Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk with Curt about the MLB playoffs, his future with ESPN and the reaction to Jessica Mendoza as his replacement.
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We discuss the mouth of Greg Hardy, who apparently thinks his domestic violence suspension was something worth joking about, and doubled down with comments about 'guns blazing' and Tom Brady's wife.
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