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05/17/2011 - 6:37pm
Rivers after surgery: 'I'm doing great'

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had successful surgery to remove a benign polyp from his vocal chords and was told by his doctors that he is cancer free.

"I’m doing great," Rivers said in a statement released by the team. "Thank you to everyone for checking in on me. I can’t talk for two weeks which I’m sure makes my players and family extremely happy. On a serious note, I urge all coaches to get their throats checked. We put a lot of stress on our vocal cords during the course of a season."

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


05/17/2011 - 6:10pm
With Daisuke likely to DL, Bowden joins Sox

Reliever Michael Bowden, who had spent the season in Triple-A Pawtucket, has joined the Red Sox. With Daisuke Matsuzaka likely headed to the disabled list following an MRI on his right elbow on Tuesday, Bowden will give the Sox bullpen depth at a time when Tim Wakefield will be starting and Alfredo Aceves will likely also join the rotation.

Bowden was pitching quite well out of the bullpen for the PawSox, with a 1.59 ERA, 28 strikeouts and just four walks in 22 2/3 innings spanning 14 appearances. He has held right-handed hitters to an .091 average; lefties are hitting .370 against him. A roster move has not yet been made to add him to the 25-man roster, with the Sox likely awaiting the start of Tuesday's game (on a rainy evening) to announce the move officially.

Bowden attributed his success this year to confidence and his comfort with coming out of the bullpen. The 2005 first-rounder is working exclusively as a reliever this year for the...

05/17/2011 - 4:25pm
Daisuke given MRI for elbow concerns

 Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced prior to his team's game against the Orioles Tuesday that Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent an MRI earlier in the day due to concerns regarding his right elbow. Results of the procedure would not be available prior to first pitch.

"We're talking about his elbow, whether it's sore or whether he's afraid to get to a point where it's sore," Francona said. 

The concern revolving around Matsuzaka has not yet resulted in a roster move, although the Red Sox manager said the team was ready to move "expeditiously" if one needs to be made.

Francona expressed concerns after Matsuzaka allowed five runs on five hits and five walks over 4 1/3 innings Monday night against the Orioles, saying after the Sox' win, "I didn’t think he was letting [his pitches] go. We’ll sit and talk. He didn’t seem completely right, his arm speed, getting extended [in making pitches]....

05/17/2011 - 12:12pm
Sox cut pitcher drafted in front of Joba

According to the PawSox, left-handed pitcher Kris Johnson was released on Tuesday. Johnson was taken by the Sox in the sandwich round (No. 40 overall) of the 2006 draft, one pick before the Yankees took pitcher Joba Chamberlain.

Johnson, 26, had put himself on the Sox' big league radar in 2008, when he had a 3.63 ERA and struck out 7.1 batters per nine innings in Portland. But he struggled over the last three years in Pawtucket, and he had a 2-2 record and 12.63 ERA this year in eight Triple-A games.

For more on Johnson's release and the strange case of the 2006 draft -- for the Red Sox and the rest of baseball, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


05/17/2011 - 11:53am
Julien: If Bergeron's in warmups, he'll play
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins had only two absences for their morning skate Tuesday, with forwards Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic the only players to miss the skate. Recchi does not take part in postseason morning skates, while Lucic could have been given the morning off due to a shot off the foot he took from Tyler Seguin on Monday.

Coach Claude Julien noted after practice that there was nothing to worry about with Lucic, and offered very little on the status of Patrice Bergeron, who was on the ice Tuesday morning but will reportedly miss Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals due to the concussion from which he is still recovering.

"As far as Bergeron is concerned, I think if he's in, you're going to see him in the warmups," Julien said. "With Lucic, there is no issues there are all."

Bergeron has two goals and 10 assists this postseason for a team-leading 12 points in 11 games. Lucic, who led the team with 30 goals in the regular season,...

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