FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For the first time this spring, a candidate for the last two spots in the Red Sox rotation has been removed from consideration. Veteran right-hander Carlos Silva, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox this winter, has been shut down with shoulder inflammation that is serious enough to prevent him from being considered for the rotation with which the Sox will open the year.
"That’s probably going to set him back enough that he won’t be totally in the mix," said Sox manager Bobby Valentine, who said that while a definitive timetable was unavailable, the injury will keep Silva out of the "little picture situation."
Valentine said that the issue was related to a pre-existing condition that the Sox knew about.
"I think we know exactly what it is and we were hoping it wouldn’t present itself as quickly as it did," said Valentine.
Asked what the longer-term...
According to several reports, Randy Moss will work out for the Saints on Tuesday. The 35-year-old wide receiver did not play in 2011 and struggled in 2010, catching just 25 passes as he played for the Patriots, Vikings and Saints.
Moss reportedly met with the Saints at the team facility after New Orleans lost to the Packers in Week 1 last September, though the team denied the reports.
Moss ranks second in NFL history with 153 touchdown receptions, and his 954 catches place ninth on the all-time chart.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Speaking in the JetBlue Park home clubhouse prior to the Red Sox' game against the Orioles Tuesday morning, Carl Crawford talked about the approach he is taking with his surgically-repaired left wrist. It was learned, after being examined by Dr. Donald Sheridan Monday, that Crawford is going to go without any hitting or throwing for 5-7 days due to continued inflammation.
"Just took it in stride. There isn't too much I can do," he said. "I just have to go with the flow and do whatever I can. ... At the end of the day, it's probably best to wait until it heals correctly and that way I can be strong and I don't have to worry about it happening again."
Crawford later added, "I thought I would have been fine by now."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that having Crawford return by Opening Day was "probably not realistic." When asked about any adjusted goal...
NFL Network and FOX Sports analyst Brian Billick was a guest of the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning. Billick was asked about Super Bowl XLVI and specifically the fourth-quarter drop by Wes Welker, a play that many still view as crucial to the final outcome. Billick was quick to praise Welker but was highly critical of Rob Gronkowski, who played the Super Bowl with an injured ankle that required surgery five days later. Video of a shirtless Gronkowski dancing at the team's postgame Super Bowl party was a subject of controversy in the days after the 21-17 loss to the Giants.
"No one takes it more personal [than Welker], as opposed to [Rob] Gronkowski, who didn't much care and just decided to go party all night," Billick said. "I can't imagine that Wes Welker was out partying after that game. You know he was devastated.
"It shows me -- and I know this young man, I worked him out when we were at the combine...
A great season for the Syracuse basketball team on the court continues to be marred by off-court news. More than three months after longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired amid accusations that he sexually molested former ballboys, school officials on Monday acknowledged that they self-reported possible violations of the school's internal drug policy last year and the NCAA is investigating.
A Yahoo! Sports report indicates that at least 10 players since 2001 tested positive for banned substances, yet all of them were allowed to practice and play instead of being suspended. One of the players allegedly failed four tests and another tested positive for three.
Syracuse (30-1) is the No. 1 seed for the Big East tournament and opens play in Thursday's quarterfinals at Madison Square Garden. Jim Boeheim's Orange are in line for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
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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.
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.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
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.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
The guys end the show listening to Gary Tanguay channeling his 1980 DJ roots. Also, producer Ken Laird is forced to read 'Love on the Other Side of the Glass again'
Kirk rips Gary for being a bad father, although both could be headed for divorce
Minihane, Tanguay and Giradi get serious for about twenty minutes to discuss the Celtics chances of landing anybody in free agency.
Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase talk about John Farrell, the Front Office, and the Sox Roster.
WEEI Bruins Reporter DJ Bean joins Lou, Curt Schilling, and John Tomase to talk about the Bruins signing David Backes to a 5 year deal, and Torey Krug to a 4 year deal, and NHL Free Agency as a whole.
Conservative Curt and Liberal John go toe-to-toe about guns and politics.
Dale and Holley's Final Drive on a freestyle Friday!
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We discuss the moves (or lack thereof) of the Bruins so far, and how fans have been less than receptive to the few changes.
Kirk Minihane talks to Antoine Walker about his troubles with gambling, losing his $100m fortune, his relationship with Paul Pierce, and playing under Rick Pitino.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable go over the state of the Red Sox minor league, with help from the voice of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs Mike Antonellis.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin talks to Boston University defenseman Charlie McAvoy about getting drafted 14th overall by the Boston Bruins.
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