David Ortiz said that he will not be ready to play in the Red Sox' series this weekend against the Twins, even as the inflammation in his right Achilles continues to improve. The DH continues to take batting practice and to show progress in the tests administered by the Red Sox training staff. However, he is not yet pain-free, thus preventing him from being able to run.
"Progressing normally towards a complete recovery," manager Bobby Valentine said of the slugger's state. "I try not to put deadlines on things. [He's] pretty close [to a return], though."
Ortiz is hitting .316 with a .414 OBP, .609 slugging mark (tops in the American League) and 1.024 OPS (also tops in the AL) with 23 homers. The Red Sox, who were second in the AL in runs per game (5.0) at the time of his injury, have slipped to 11th in the AL (4.1 runs per game) in his 16-game absence.
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox have not talked to the Indians about Derek Lowe, who was designated for assignment by the Indians Thursday.
The Sox had been gathering information regarding Lowe since the 38-year-old was DFA'd, but it remains unlikely Boston will pursue the former Red Sox hurler. It is believed Cleveland would be primarily looking for relief from Lowe's contract, which pays the righty $15 million this season (the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal). Lowe was traded from the Braves to the Indians in the offseason in exchange for minor-leaguer Chris Jones.
Lowe was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA for the Indians this season, but was 2-8 with an 8.80 ERA in his last 12 starts.
The Indians have 10 days to try and either deal or expose Lowe to waivers.
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According to a major league source, the Red Sox were not the team that claimed Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee off waivers Friday. It was reported earlier in the day by CBSSports.com that the lefty had been claimed, meaning Philadelphia can pull Lee off waivers, assign his contract to the team that claimed him, or work out a trade with the claiming team. Lee has it in his contract that he can block trades or claims 21 teams.
UPDATE: According to Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com (via twitter), the Dodgers were the team awarded the waiver claim on the left-hander.
The almost-34-year-old Lee is making $21 million this season, and $25 million per season through the '15 season. He also has a vesting option for the '16 campaign which would pay him $27.5 million.
Lee has a 3.73 ERA in 18 starts this season, having won just two games (2-6). In his first full...
Pitcher Franklin Morales told WEEI.com that he will start Sunday's game against the Twins in place of Josh Beckett, who injured his back in his last start. Morales has made five starts for the Sox this season, going 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 1/3 innings.
Manager Bobby Valentine told The Big Show on Wednesday that Morales was his choice to start if the need arises. Beckett suffered a back spasm in the third inning of his start against the Tigers on Tuesday and was not able to throw in his scheduled side session on Thursday.
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FOXBORO -- Two days after a training camp fight broke out before 22,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium, there were two more battles on Friday. Coach Bill Belichick sent the team, along with members of the coaching staff, to run three laps around the field as punishment.
The first fight involved linebacker Bobby Carpenter and lineman Ryan Wendell and two incidents followed moments later. Belichick spoke to the team after the laps and quarterback Tom Brady called for a players-only huddle.
"It's the same stuff it always is," Carpenter said after Friday's practice. "It's guys trying to go all the way through the whistle and things get a little heated and one thing leads to another and before you know it, there's 60 guys out there. But Coach Belichick talked to us. Hopefully, that won't happen again. We can't be fighting ourselves. We have to be working to improve."
That scrum, which also featured Patrick Chung and Rob...
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian, and he discussed the team needing to come together after losing Gronk, and the turnovers in the Jets game can propel them to create more turnovers.
We check in with former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, for his complete analysis on the win over the Jets in NY.
Dale and Michael talk with Patrick Chung after a win over the Jets on Sunday.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen of the 'Dale and Holley Show' talk about what the Celtics will need to do in order to be considered one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference along with the Cavs.
WEEI's Mike Petraglia talks with Josue Pavon about how the Celtics are looking better with Al Horford back on the court and the overall toughness of this team.
Mike Petraglia and Ben Kichen preview the Celtics season. Will Jaylen Brown be an impact rookie and prove he was the right pick at #3? Will the Celtics win the Atlantic Division? Is the season a failure if the Celtics don't advance past the first round of the playoffs?
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase talk with Curt Schilling to get his reaction to Dan Shaughnessy and Jon Heyman's comments about not voting for Curt for the Hall of Fame again based on some of Schilling's comments on social media.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are taking some calls and reaction to their interview with Curt Schilling in regards to Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame voting. We also hear about Rob's upcoming working vacation to the Dominican Republic for the David Ortiz Charity Golf Classic.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase are talking about Dan Shaughnessy's column about how he would no longer vote for Curt Schilling for the Hall of Fame. They then talk with Curt Schilling getting his thoughts on the whole situation and whether he would rather make the HoF or the Senate.
Ken Laird and Ty Anderson chat Bruins after a 2-1 win in Florida improved the team's record to 5-4.
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
Damien Woody joined K&C and shared a story regarding a conversation he had with Bill Belichick in the training room in Foxboro.
In the 9 am hour Gerry and Kirk mocked the Belichick press conference and took a call from Jim the Wrestling Goon who is not a fan of Amani Toomer.
In the 8 am hour Gerry and Kirk talked about a brutal answer by Dan Shaughnessy regarding Bill Conlin'sn spot in the Hall of Fame.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are less than surprised that Bill Belichick won't comment further about Gronk than the released statement. Speaking of statements, how weird is it that the Gronkowski family is releasing joint statements with the Patriots?
Orthopedic surgeon to the pros, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care joins Glenn, Lou, and Christian in the wake of Gronk's back injury. He talks about different types of disc injuries, and one type of fusion which could potentially prevent Gronk from playing football. He also commented on the unique situation of a joint statement between the Patriots and the Gronkowskis, and clarified his role in Gronk's arm surgeries.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian wonder how the man who shot former NFL RB Joe McKnight can be free of charges and walking around the streets of New Orleans.
This week on the Dale & Holley Show, Michael Holley talked about the generational difference in Boston Sports Fans. The younger fans who expect a Championship Parade every year. Laroy Streat weighs in with #TimeLineMusic. The #KingOfFridays does not disappoint! Catch him on all of his social media platforms titled Laroy Streat. "A timeline of the music that I've played, while showing why title town is our sports name."
The worst kept secret in the city is now official - welcome aboard Rich Keefe.
We react to the big Gronk news and take your calls.
Kirk Minihane, WEEI Podcast King, talks to the Podcast Godfather Adam Carolla about his new documentary about Le Mans, the backlash from the Election, and his time with Donald Trump on the Apprentice. The audio quality isn't great but the conversation is.
Kirk Minihane is a non-believer, Larry Johnson is a preacher, when Larry found Kirk doesn't believe in God he challenged Kirk to allow him on to the podcast to talk about religion and faith. Kirk and Larry have a tremendous conversation about God and Larry tries to convert Kirk into a believer.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Barstool Sports contributor and podcast host John Feitelberg. Kirk and Feitelberg talk about the rise of barstool, the sale of the website, what it is like to work for Dave Portnoy, and their live podcast shows at the Wilbur Theater.
Ben, Alex, and Russ talk about how Toronto winning the MLS cup will be best for the league, the FIFA Player of the Year award, and the tragedy in Brazil.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis finish out the week recapping the Friday edition of Kirk and Callahan, with critiques of Dale & Holley's Keefe announcement and more.
Kirk & Callahan producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are back together after a few days apart to dish about all things K&C show, this after a Thursday Reim-Job.
Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane launch the 'new' official podcast of the Kirk & Callahan Show, where they'll bring the edge and the inside info they can't get to on their morning radio show. In the debut episode, the guys give a state of the current K&C 'Casting Couch' and the latest on former fill-in host Gary Tanguay.More from this show
Bart Scott says that Gronk's days are numbered in New England.More from this show
In the 7 am hour Gerry and Kirk discussed the hiring of Rich Keefe and the announcement yesterday on Dale and Holley.More from this show
Gerry loves Harry Chapin.More from this show