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05/08/2011 - 12:33pm
Julien: McQuaid 'should' return for Game 1
By: DJ Bean

Though the Bruins are going to be without center Patrice Bergeron (concussion) for at least the beginning of their Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Lightning, they will likely see one player return from injury. On Sunday, coach Claude Julien echoed general manager Peter Chiarelli's comments from a day earlier, telling reporters that the team expects to have Adam McQuaid back in the lineup.

"McQuaid should be back for the start of the series," Julien told reporters. "Things are looking really good for him."

McQuaid has been out for the Bruins since leaving Game 2 of the conference semifinals in the first period. The rookie defenseman went head-first into the boards after tripping over his stick on an attempted hit on Flyers forward Mike Richards. 

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05/08/2011 - 11:53am
Scutaro on DL, 'will be down for a while'

Shortstop Marco Scutaro had an MRI Sunday morning and was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The team expects him to be out indefinitely, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona.  

"He's over getting get an MRI," Francona said before Sunday's game with the Twins. "His left oblique had been a little tender for a few days and after the rain delay [Saturday] he went back out, and I don't know the exact incident, it started grabbing at him, and actually started grabbing at him pretty good.

"Even knowing the MRI wasn't going to be till this morning, we know he's going to be down for a while with his symptoms so we got [Jose] Iglesias here." 

The Red Sox had to call up rookie Jose Iglesias since Yamaico Navarro also sustained an oblique strain and was placed on the seven-day disabled list on Saturday by Triple-A Pawtucket. 

The Red Sox won Saturday despite having...

05/08/2011 - 11:27am
Iglesias says call up 'came as a shock'

A lot of things had to go just so for Red Sox shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias to reach the big leagues in just his second season of professional baseball. First, Yamaico Navarro, who would have been above Iglesias on the prospects depth chart due to his previous MLB experience, went down with a back injury last week. Then, Marco Scutaro was sent to the disabled list with an injury to his oblique Sunday morning. With the big club's depth up the middle of the infield depleted, the 21-year-old was the next logical choice, and now he will put on the Red Sox uniform for the first time as a major-league ballplayer.

"Yeah, I was surprised," said Iglesias through a Spanish translator. "It wasn't something I was expecting. I just got a call after the game from [Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler] and they gave me the news. It came as a shock."

With Jed Lowrie maintaining his hold on the shortstop position, Iglesias won't get much playing...

05/08/2011 - 10:09am
Lineup: Varitek catching, Lowrie at SS

Jason Varitek will return to the backstop for Sunday afternoon's matinee against the Twins to catch Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 4.33 ERA). This will be the captain's sixth game catching Matsuzaka, with the pitcher having a 2.16 ERA and .159 batting average-against in those five previous contests. Varitek, who will hit ninth, also gets the nod due to his stellar record against Minnesota starter Carl Pavano (2-3, 5.84 ERA). In 11 career plate appearances against the righty, the switch-handed catcher is hitting 4-for-10 with a double and a walk.

Also with the news that Marco Scutaro has undergone tests this morning on a potential injury to his left side, as reported by WEEI.com's Alex Speier, Jed Lowrie will get the start at shortstop. Wit Lowrie sliding over in the Sox infield, Kevin Youkilis resumes his spot at third base after playing as...

05/08/2011 - 12:28am
O'Neal: Know Rondo will play next game

Talking after the Celtics' 97-81 win over the Heat in Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference semifinal matchup, Celts' center Jermaine O'Neal said that he fully expects Rajon Rondo to play in Game 4 Monday despite the point guard's dislocated left elbow.

"It was tough. He's going to do whatever he needs to do," O'Neal said of Rondo. "I'm sure you guys can see he's going to play next game already. If there is any doubt out there by anybody you should just look at this game because if he came back for this game you know he's going to play the next game. He's one of the tougher point guards in this league. He wants it. That's the first thing I asked him when he came out here, I said, 'You sure you want to be out here?' He said, 'Look, we don't have any games to give.' That's Rondo."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said regarding Rondo's availability going forward, "Honestly, moving forward, it's, we'll have to see. It's going to be...

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