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08/01/2011 - 5:58am
Buchholz reportedly has stress fracture

One day after the Red Sox completed a deal for pitcher Erik Bedard, a report has come out that Clay Buchholz has a stress fracture in his lower back and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Buchholz, who has been out since June 15, is scheduled to meet with back specialist Dr. Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday. According to CSNNE's Sean McAdam, Watkins is expected to confirm a previous diagnosis of the stress fracture.

Buchholz last tested the back a week ago, throwing off the mound in the Fenway Park bullpen. Afterward, he reported feeling "a little soreness" that felt better after a couple of stretches. When additional soreness occurred the next day, he had an MRI that reportedly revealed the stress fracture.

A source told WEEI.com's Alex Speier last week that the team was fearful the...

07/31/2011 - 9:43pm
Report: Light agrees to new deal with Pats

Left tackle Matt Light has agreed to a two-year contract with the Patriots, according to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe. The 33-year-old Light, who was selected in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Patriots, has spent his entire 10-year career with New England, and has been a part of three Super Bowl champions.

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07/31/2011 - 8:07pm
Theo: No change to rotation likely yet

CHICAGO -- With the acquisition of Erik Bedard, the Red Sox suddenly feature a surplus of starters on their roster. The 32-year-old left-hander, who will likely join his new club in Boston on Monday, will be added to the quintet of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Tim Wakefield and Andrew Miller.

The Sox have yet to decide what Bedard's arrival will mean for the rotation over the longer haul. For the short term, however, the Sox are halfway through a stretch of 20 games in as many days. That being the case, the Sox may insert Bedard into the rotation as a sixth starter for the short term.

"We do have a good idea of when he’s pitching. But because we all haven’t had a chance to discuss it among ourselves, I don’t want to say anything publicly," Sox general manager Theo Epstein said. "I’ll let [manager Terry Francona] talk about the rotation. From talking to Tito about it, I think we’re of the same...

07/31/2011 - 6:58pm
No practice for Patriots on Monday

The Patriots announced Sunday night that they will not have a practice on Monday. The next practice session will be on Tuesday. For more updates, call their training camp hotline at 508-549-0001.

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07/31/2011 - 6:42pm
Epstein: Sox concerned about Buchholz

CHICAGO -- If not for the back injury to Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox might have had a different view of the 2011 trade deadline. But with the talented 26-year-old on the disabled list since mid-June due to a back issue that has not healed at a typical pace for a common muscle strain, the Sox were in a position where they felt compelled to make a deal for a starting pitcher.

That compulsion reflects the uncertain outlook for Buchholz. The right-hander is scheduled to see Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles on Monday. And while Buchholz must now remain out for at least two more weeks (he was moved to the 60-day disabled list to clear a roster spot for Bedard), the team had to move based on the possibility that his time on the sidelines will persist well beyond that.

"Clearly, we have some concern for Clay. It’s been almost a couple months now, which is longer than we expected it to be," said Epstein. "We’re still...

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