DETROIT -- Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, in a conference call to discuss the right thumb injury and subsequent surgery that will keep him out for the first half of the 2012 season, expressed his frustration with what he described as a "freak injury." Bailey said that he thought nothing of it when he had a minor collision and subsequent fall in a game against the Pirates on March 21.
However, over the coming days, he felt pain building in his thumb to the point where he couldn't grip the ball for a long toss session after a 1 2/3 innings minor league appearance on March 28. He also started feeling pain and weakness in ordinary day-to-day activities such as when he held a shampoo bottle.
"I had trouble gripping the baseball and there was a lot of pain involved," said Bailey. "That’s when I was really like, OK, we’ve got to get on top of this thing. It was obviously too late by then."
Bailey said that...
Bruins defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid both missed Friday's practice at TD Garden. All other players with the exception of Nathan Horton and Tuukka Rask were present.
B's coach Claude Julien said both Boychuk and McQuaid remain day-to-day. Boychuk has a mild sprained knee and McQuaid left Thursday's game after feeling discomfort around his swollen eye.
"We're being overcautious right now," Julien said, adding that the Bruins are being careful to "head into the playoffs as healthy as we can be."
As for Horton (concussion) and Rask (abdomen strain/groin strain), Julien said Horton is still not close to returning but that Rask could join the team in practice next week.
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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, as the B's prepare to begin defense of their Stanley Cup championship when the playoffs start next week.
Ference was asked about the difference in the team's mindset this spring as opposed to 2011.
"Probably the biggest difference is we don't have the weight of that Philly series on us," Ference said, referring to the collapse in 2010 when the B's were eliminated after squandering a 3-0 series lead in the conference semifinals. "I think we were carrying around some of that baggage last year, and I think it showed in the first couple of games when we lost against Montreal. But I think everybody feels good. I don't think we're [at the point where] so many of the guys are kind of heading into the unknown as they were last year. The first time you kind of go through a long [playoff] run, you really don't know what to expect. If...
MLB Network analyst Al Leiter, who played five seasons for Bobby Valentine, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and weighed in on the Red Sox' situation.
Leiter was a pitcher on Valentine's Mets teams from 1998 through 2002, and he insisted he had no issues with his manager.
"Bobby let me pitch," Leiter said. "He knew I was prepared. He knew that I was mentally and physically prepared to execute a pitch. He left me alone. It really wasn't a bother. … Guys in the clubhouse that are bothered by somebody like Bobby, who has a personality that's going to say things at times, yeah, you have a problem with him. But as long as he doesn't direct it at you specifically, doesn't call you out in the media, who cares? Let him do his thing."
Leiter said he played for some memorable managers during his 19-year major league career, but Valentine stands out.
"I learned things from Bobby that no other...
The NCAA on Thursday denied the UConn men's basketball team's final appeal of its ban from the 2013 NCAA tournament due to its failure to meet recently instituted academic standards. UConn argued that it has shown improvement over the past two seasons, but the NCAA wouldn't budge.
The school said it's hoping the rule will be changed in time for it to submit more recent test scores.
"While we as a university and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men's basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom," coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. "We will continue to strive to maintain that success as we move forward."
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy called the NCAA's rejection "absolutely outrageous."
"It's as if they've decided to get UConn,...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
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.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
Kirk reads the Friday 'Headlines' which include Bruce Springsteen performing a four hour show in New Jersey, and the great early reviews for "Hands of Stone"
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guest
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show
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