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04/03/2012 - 9:15pm
Source: Bailey out approximately 4 months

A major league source familiar with the condition of Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey said that the reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb is likely to sideline the right-hander for approximately four months, "give or take." That estimate is consistent with the description offered by Dr. Christopher Geary, the chief of sports medicine at Tufts Medical Center.

Geary suggested that after the surgery, Bailey first will wear a hard immobilizing cast and then a brace. He estimated that with a typical recovery trajectory, the pitcher would be unlikely to start throwing until he is roughly three months removed from the surgery. With the need to rebuild arm strength and appear in rehab games, an August return seemed like a reasonable expectation.

"My inclination is it would be probably about three months before they let him go back to unlimited activity in terms of throwing and fielding off a mound," Geary...

04/03/2012 - 8:18pm
Heat go to Anthony to slow KG in Game 4

In an effort to slow down Kevin Garnett in the post, the Heat made a change in their starting lineup prior to Game 4 with the Celtics. Joel Anthony replaces Ronny Turiaf at the center postition. 

Turiaf had started the first three games in the series but was very ineffective in slowing Garnett down, especially in Game 3, when Garnett had 24 points and 11 rebounds and was practically unstoppable in the post, leading the Celtics to a 58-46 advantage in the paint. Garnett was 10-of-16 from the field in just 34 minutes as the Celtics beat the Heat, 101-91, leading by as many as 24 before the Heat made a late charge. 

For more coverage of Game 4 from the Garden from the team of Paul Flannery, Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hadfield, visit the Celtics team page at weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog. 


04/03/2012 - 6:23pm
Bailey to have surgery on thumb Wednesday

The Red Sox announced Tuesday that Andrew Bailey will undergo surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb in Cleveland on Wednesday. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.

Bailey had been examined at the Cleveland Clinic Monday by Dr. Mark Belsky and Dr. Matthew Leibman in Boston, and Tuesday by Graham in Cleveland.

Such a procedure could mean the closer will be out as much as three months.

For more on the type of injury, click here.

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04/03/2012 - 3:13pm
Source: Bailey injury believed to involve UCL

According to a major league source, the injury sustained by Andrew Bailey is believed to involve the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in the pitcher's thumb.

A UCL tear is commonly referred to as a "skier's thumb," as the injury can be incurred if a pole catches in snow and forces a thumb backward away from the other fingers. The injury results from a physical trauma, in this case, likely a collision that Bailey had in an exhibition game on March 21.

According to Dr. Bruce Leslie of Newton Wellesley Orthopediac Associates, there are three grades for a UCL injury. A Grade 1 does not need surgery and includes three weeks of immobility. A Grade 2 sometimes does not require surgery, but often ends up needing a procedure after the initial treatment isn't effective. A Grade 3, which does include surgery, has the patient coming back anywhere from 2-3 months, with a cast needed between 4-6 weeks.

"At this point in the season, the...

04/03/2012 - 2:06pm
Welker: No progress in contract talks

In New York to model the Patriots' new Nike uniforms on Tuesday, Wes Welker spoke to ESPN about his contract situation. The wideout was franchise tagged by the Patriots on March 5 and will be paid $9.5 million in 2012 if he signs the tender. Welker was asked if was comfortable with the franchise tag.

"Yeah, for sure," Welker said. "It will be half of what I made my whole contract this past [time] around. Not too bad."

As for a potential contract extension, Welker reported that no progress has been made.

"Not that I know of. The only progress that I know of is the same, as far as the franchise tag," Welker said.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

 


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