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06/29/2010 - 6:49pm
Epstein: No timetable for Ellsbury

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is making steady progress in his return to baseball activities while rehabbing the hairline fracture of a rib at Athletes' Performance in Arizona. There is still no timetable for the outfielder to return, but Epstein did suggest that the 26-year-old is gettting "closer and closer" to the sort of intensive activities that will serve as a prelude to baseball activities.

 

"He’s making progress every day. His symptoms are subsiding slowly but surely. I think that’s a really important element of this because he can’t start baseball activities until the symptoms are much less than when they last saw him. He’s making progress," said Epstein. "There’s no definitive timetable on it, but I think we’re getting closer and closer to the time that we’ll see him ramp up his physical activities, then get to baseball...

06/29/2010 - 3:58pm
Molina on catching Wake: 'I'll be ready'

Gustavo Molina, the 28-year-old catcher the Red Sox activated after putting Victor Martinez on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger, said he is ready to catch Tim Wakefield in the knuckleballer's next start, Friday night. Molina caught Wakefield's side session in the Red Sox' bullpen Tuesday afternoon, having also experienced catching Wakefield in "a few" side sessions during spring training.

 

"It's kind of a challenge," Molina said. "I'll be ready for the next start."

 

Molina does have prior experience catching a knuckleball, having caught Charlie Haeger for two seasons in the minor leagues while in the Chicago White Sox' organization.

 

For more from Molina on catching Wakefield see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.


06/29/2010 - 3:31pm
Lineups: Varitek, Hall to start against Rays

With both Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia on the disabled list, Jason Varitek and Bill Hall will be in the starting lineup for the Red Sox at catcher and second base, respectively.

 

The Red Sox lineup against the Rays and starter James Shields is below. For matchup information, click here.

 

RED SOX

 

Scutaro, 6

Nava, 7

Ortiz, DH

Youkilis, 3

Drew, 9

Beltre, 5

Varitek, 2

Hall, 4

Cameron, 8

 

SP -- lackey



06/29/2010 - 3:21pm
Martinez to DL, Molina up with Sox

Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez will be placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the start of Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Martinez experienced a slight displacement to the bone on the tip of his left thumb when he was hit by a pair of foul tips in his glove hand on Sunday against the Giants.

 

While the Sox had been holding out some hope that they might be able to avoid a DL stint for Martinez, the upcoming schedule represented a best case scenario for doing so. Thanks to two off days this week and the forthcoming All-Star break, Martinez will miss only 11 games.

 

With Martinez sidelined, catcher Gustavo Molina is at Fenway Park, up from Triple-A. The catcher was in the Red Sox bullpen on Tuesday afternoon to work with various pitchers for their side sessions.

 

For more Red Sox news, visit the Red Sox team page.


06/29/2010 - 1:56pm
Report: Brian Shaw 'likely' next Cavs coach

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that former Celtics guard Brian Shaw, now an assistant coach with the Lakers, is close to being named the next head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

The 44-year-old Shaw won three NBA titles with the Lakers as a player and two more during his five-year stint on Phil Jackson's coaching staff. This would be the first head-coaching job for Shaw, who played for the Celtics for parts of three seasons (1988-89, 1990-92) before being traded to Miami for Sherman Douglas. 

 

 

 

 


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