Carl Crawford said Friday that he suffered a setback with his left (throwing) elbow that has pushed back his timetable for returning to spring training games. An MRI in Boston this week revealed a strained left elbow.
"I just had to come up here and get my elbow checked I think it was best to be up here with the doctors for the next few days," Crawford said before Friday's home opener. "I'm not sure when I'm going back to Fort Myers but I should be heading back pretty soon.
"This was the week I was scheduled to play games so it's just a little setback but hopefully I'll catch up. Just strained it a little bit and had to work on it a little bit. I was supposed to playing games this week so I guess I'll be playing next week, hopefully."
Crawford said the latest setback was particularly frustrating since he had been making progress from arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist in January.
A league source confirms that the Patriots and center Dan Koppen have agreed to a new two-year contract. The 32-year-old Koppen, a 2003 fifth round pick out of Boston College, has started 120 of 121 games over the nine years in New England. Koppen missed all but one game in 2011 with a fractured ankle. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
With left-hander David Price on the mound for the Rays, the Red Sox will feature a lineup with six right-handed hitters. Most notably, Darnell McDonald will get the start in left field, with Cody Ross shifting to right and Ryan Sweeney sitting. Kelly Shoppach will be behind the plate for Josh Beckett, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia sitting.
McDonald has enjoyed tremendous career success against Price, with a .350 average, .458 OBP, .800 slugging mark and two homers against him in 24 career plate appearances. Indeed, among hitters with at least 20 career plate appearances against Price, McDonald's 1.258 OPS is the highest.
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Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning from Fenway Park, hours before the first pitch of the home opener against the Rays. The Sox return home after a rough start to the season, with one win in six games, but Cherington is preaching patience.
"I think there's that old adage that says you take the first two months to figure out what your team needs, then the next two months to try to fix it, then the last two months to watch," he said. "I think in a place like Boston that's probably a little bit too simple. But we need some more time. I don't know if it's two months, but we need some more time. Bobby and I were talking yesterday, and he reminded me that if this were a football season we'd be at halftime of the first game.
"We've just got to keep playing. We had a tough road trip. And we knew it was going to be tough going into the season, going into Detroit, a team with a ton of...
Yankees television broadcaster Michael Kay joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to talk about the controversy surrounding his weekly discussion with Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Kay's New York radio show. Valentine's decision to appear on the show did not go over well with many in Boston, and New Yorkers have criticized Kay's station for having the Red Sox bench boss as a regular guest.
"I think it's ridiculous," Kay said of the criticism. "If I was just a fan, I would want Bill Belichick on our air. I'm sure you guys would want Rex Ryan on your air."
Valentine did not respond well to some questions from D&C during an appearance Wednesday, one week after a similarly contentious interview on The Big Show.
"That's just vintage Bobby," Kay said. "I'm no one to give advice on how to deal with Bobby, but I'll tell you this: We didn't get along for a lot of years. Bobby, if he doesn't know you,...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Head Coach Bill Belichick on Patriots Monday
Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
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.
Gary Tanguay walked out on the show for the second time in three months this morning. Here is the management approved version of today's events.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
Glenn, Lou and Christian joke around with audio from a grab-bag of topics, including David Ortiz driving for Lyft, Rex Ryan joining the Buffalo media conference call, and Jim Mora coming back with another great rant.
Red Sox President of Baseball Ops. Dave Dombrowski checks in with Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about what the playoff roster might look like, and to give the latest update on Pablo Sandoval.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo & Jacoby Brissett, and talk about what he say from a day of practice and press conferences down at Gillette.
Vintage Rex today... while Belichick is deep in to game film and preparation, Rex is making practical jokes against Julian Edelman and getting testy with the Boston media.
John joins us from NY and tells us why he left Price in, what to expect from the rest of this Yankees series, and more.
Inspired by what should happen at Yankee Stadium tonight or tomorrow, we look at four other memorable moments in which the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
Gerry Callahan and Jeff Kuhner react to the first presidential debate of this election season. Gerry is convinced Trump lost the first debate while Jeff thinks otherwise. Gerry and Jeff talk about what Trump needs to do better in the upcoming debates.
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
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