Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced at his introductory press conference Tuesday that right-handed pitcher Jon Lackey will have Tommy John surgery this offseason.
Lackey, 33, is coming off the worst statistical season of his career, going 12-12 with a 6.41 ERA in his second season with the Sox.
"He had some intermittent elbow soreness throughout the season," Cherington said. "We decided, he decided it would be a good sea after to the season to get that checked again. He saw Dr. Yocum recently in LA, had a follow-up MRI to compare to the previous one that was done in May or June. After more consultation with Dr. Yocum, John has decided to go ahead with Tommy John surgery. We're waiting on a surgery date, but I talked to him the other day, and he's really excited about the future, certainly anxious about the surgery and getting that done and the rehab, but knows that he's a much better pitcher than what he...
CHICAGO -- At his introductory press conference as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein was asked on Tuesday if the matter of compensation for the former Red Sox general manager had been settled between the two franchises.
"The Cubs and Red Sox have a great working relationship," Epstein said. "They've had one for years, they are going to have one together going forward in the future. There are a lot of solid relationships on both ends."
Epstein later said that the issue of compensation will be solved in "the coming weeks," and acknowledged if the two organizations cannot come to an agreement a third party will have to step in to resolve the issue. MLB commissioner Bud Selig said last week that he could intervene if an agreement is not reached.
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FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon was on the practice field for the first time on Tuesday as the Patriots began on-field preparations for the Steelers this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Cannon's story is an inspirational one as he was treated this spring for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and was fifth-round pick out of TCU.
The only player not spotted at the beginning of practice Tuesday was linebacker Dane Fletcher. There is no injury report due from the team until after Wednesday's practice. The team worked out in shorts and shells on the lower grass field outside Gillette Stadium.
CHICAGO -- Theo Epstein was introduced as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs at a press conference on Tuesday.
"It truly feels great to be a Cub today," Epstein said. "I'd like to thanks Cubs' fans for being so welcoming to me and my family already, I appreciate your faith in me and I promise to repay with the hard work and dedication that you deserve."
Epstein was asked what it will take to change the culture of losing with the Cubs, a franchise that lost 91 games last season and hasn't won a World Series since 1908.
"We will define and implement a Cubs way of playing the game and we won't rest until there is a steady stream of talent coming through the minor-league system trained in the Cubs way," Epstein said. "We're going to build the best baseball operation we can. We're going to change the culture. Our players are going to change the culture along with us in the major...
Blue Jays president Paul Beeston and general manager Alex Anthopolous issued a joint statement Tuesday declaring the Jays have altered its policy regarding employees moving to another organization if it is considered a lateral move. The change would seem to be in response to the rumors regarding Toronto manager John Farrell potentially talking to the Red Sox about their vacant managerial opening.
"Due to the distraction caused by media speculation regarding our employee permission policy, the Toronto Blue Jays have amended their policy and will not grant permission for lateral moves," the statement read.
Previously, Anthopolous had suggested that the Blue Jays would not stand in the way of any of their employees talking to another organization, regardless of the title.
"Selfishly, I don't want any of our guys to leave," the GM told Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, "but at the same time I hope all of our employees have...
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Giardi and Price continue discussing the outcome of the NFL Draft for the Patriots.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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 is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
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Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
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