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09/15/2011 - 11:41am
Kalish had neck surgery Wednesday

Ryan Kalish underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a bulging disc in his neck. He is expected to rest for 10 days and then begin a 6-8 week rehabilitation process.

Kalish tore the labrum in his left shoulder while making a diving catch in April and played just 22 games for Triple-A Pawtucket this season. While he was able to rehab that injury rather than undergoing surgery on it, he developed pain in the upper trapezius/neck muscle while trying to work his way back to the field. He did return from the injuries to play eight games for Pawtucket in August, but struggled (just a .448 OPS) and experienced soreness in the neck. The 23-year-old flew to Los Angeles in the last week of August for a consultation with orthopedist Dr. Robert Watkins, where it was determined that surgery would be needed. 

The outfielder played 54 games with the Red Sox in 2010, hitting .252 with a .710 OPS, four homers and 10 steals.

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09/15/2011 - 7:43am
Lowrie receives cortisone shot in shoulder

According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder Tuesday night to help deal with a recurrence of a weakened nerve in the area.

"It got to the point where I wasn’t being helpful, productive, for the team, so I needed to do something about it,” Lowrie told the Herald. "I didn’t have any other choice. It was either shut it down for the year or get this cortisone shot and hope to play and do what I can to help the team win this year."

Lowrie originally experienced the injury after colliding with left fielder Carl Crawford on May 29, forcing him to miss 45 games. Since returning on Aug. 8, Lowrie is hitting .213 with an OPS of .528. He is 1-for-24 this month, having struck out six times. According to the report, the infielder is hopeful to resume swinging a bat in the coming days.

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09/15/2011 - 6:34am
Mashup: Ines Sainz back at Jets practice

Mexican TV reporter Ines Sainz, who was the target of catcalls from Jets players at a practice last season, stopped by New York's practice Wednesday, accompanied by the team's public relations director as she stood along the sideline for the 30-minute portion of the workout out to the media. "Today's visit was business as usual," PR man Bruce Speight said. "She is welcome anytime." Sainz previously had downplayed the 2010 incident after the firestorm it created, insisting, "For me, nothing happened. … I never wanted to cause any problems."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


09/14/2011 - 9:03pm
Brady: Pats fans need to be loud Sunday

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady wants to hear some noise on Sunday, Patriots fans.

“Yeah, start drinking early,” Brady said with a smile on Wednesday morning. “It’s a 4:15 (p.m.) game. They have a lot of time to get lubed up, come out here and cheer for the home team.”

Shortly after Brady’s Q&A with the media ended, Patriots spokesman Stacey James told reporters the quarterback -- who has endorsed Smartwater -- that he wanted to clarify that statement. The quarterback, James said, “wants everyone to drink a lot of water, stay hydrated. Drink responsibly.”

Brady has asked for more noise in the past, and has chided fans for leaving early. He was asked about the possibility that crowds at Gillette Stadium have become “expectant.”

“We’ve spoiled our fans, is that what you’re saying?” he said. “If we make good plays, they’re...

09/14/2011 - 6:17pm
Wright misses Pats practice with concussion

FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Mike Wright, who missed seven games last season with a concussion, was listed on the Patriots Wednesday injury report with an apparent recurrence of the injury, presumably suffered in the regular season opener against the Dolphins. Leigh Bodden and Dan Koppen joined Wright on the sidelines for Wednesday's report. Here's the rest of the information:

OUT
CB Leigh Bodden (back)
C Dan Koppen (fibula)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
S Josh Barrett (thumb)
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)

FULL PARTICIPATION
DL Myron Pryor (groin)

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