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08/17/2010 - 6:01pm
Youkilis hopes to return if Sox reach playoffs

Injured Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who underwent surgery to repair a detached adductor muscle on Aug. 6, suggested that he is holding out hope that he might be able to return to the club in the playoffs should Boston still be playing in October. The first baseman said that there is not yet a detailed timetable for his recovery, and that he has not been told definitively by doctors that coming back for the playoffs would or would not be possible, but he is holding out hope.

 

"[The injury] stinks but it’s one of those things where it happens. You hope you don’t get hurt when you play baseball but it’s not a career-threatening injury, I don’t think. The doctors are pretty excited that I can come back and play," said Youkilis. "Hopefully, we don’t know the timetable, we have to see when the stitches come out and all that, hopefully I can play in the playoffs. ... I might not be able to play...

08/17/2010 - 5:13pm
Ellsbury, Varitek getting exams

Jacoby Ellsbury had an exam with Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California Tuesday afternoon after landing on the disabled list for a third time over the weekend, re-injuring his ribs, while Jason Varitek will meet with doctors on Tuesday night to get the latest update on his broken right foot, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona. 

 

Ellsbury suffered his latest setback following a collision running out a ground ball down the first base line last Friday in Texas. 

 

As for Varitek, Francona said the catcher's right foot is healing and he continues to be able to run but is experiencing some lingering soreness. 

 

"Tek had a scan," Francona said. "There's a lot of improvement. It still hasn't fully healed. He's going to get it examined. I think at this point, the examination is more important than what the scan says. The pain he's still having is a little bit off of where...

08/17/2010 - 5:06pm
Favre lands in Minnesota
By: DJ Bean

According to multiple tweets from national football writers across the web, a plane containing quarterback Brett Favre has landed in Minnesota on Tuesday, the very day that three Vikings teammates made a plea for him to return in Hattiesburg, Miss. 

 

Favre had ankle surgery in May and had planned on playing the 2010-11 season only if he was healthy. FoxSports.com has reported the 40-year-old has told teammates he will indeed return for a second season in Minnesota.

 

In 20 professional seasons between Green Bay, the New York Jets, and Minnesota, Favre has thrown for 69,329 yards, 497 touchdowns, and 317 interceptions. He has a career QB rating of 86.6.


08/17/2010 - 4:46pm
Sox assign Cuban catcher Ibarra to Salem

The Red Sox have assigned Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra to the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League. Ibarra signed a five-year major-league deal that could be worth up to $4.3 million with the Sox earlier this season, then spent some months awaiting a visa before taking his physical in Boston earlier in the summer. He had been working out at the team's extended spring training facility in Fort Myers.

 

For more Red Sox coverage, visit WEEI.com/redsox.


08/17/2010 - 4:46pm
Pedroia: 'We'll figure it out on the fly'

Dustin Pedroia said he is healthy enough to help the Red Sox battle for a playoff spot but admitted hours before his return from a broken foot that he'll have to see how much he can play day-by-day.

 

"We'll figure it out on the fly," Pedroia said prior to Tuesday's game. "I feel pretty good. I don't think I'm going to be 100 percent rest of the way but don't think it really matters."  

 

Pedroia will be facing Jered Weaver, the American League leader in strikeouts as the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Angels at Fenway. 

 

"I'm just one of the guys," Pedroia added. "I don't think anybody's thinking, 'Dustin's back. We're going to win every game.' " 

 

For more, including audio from Pedroia, visit the Red Sox page at WEEI.com. 


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