CHICAGO -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia underwent successful surgery Tuesday in Cleveland to repair what was classified by Sox manager Terry Francona as a 'pretty full tear' of a thumb ligament on the 25-year-old's left hand. The injury originally occurred while Saltalamacchia was playing for Triple A Oklahoma City in late July, just prior to being traded to the Red Sox. The operation was performed by Dr. Thomas Graham.
"He came through surgery fine," Francona said. "He did have a tear, a pretty full tear. It was repaired and a report will be written up. He's still in recovery, but everything came out, according to the doctor, fine."
It is expected that Saltalamacchia will be ready for the beginning of spring training. For more Red Sox news see the team page at weei.com/redsox.
The Boston Red Sox are still mathematically alive for the postseason and hope to delay playoff elimination yet again on Tuesday night when they continue their series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. After their win on Monday night, the Sox are 5 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the AL wild card with six games remaining. Despite their slim chance of advancing to the postseason, the Red Sox have won four of their last five and nine of 14.
Marco Scutaro will sit out of Tuesday night's tilt, with Felipe Lopez making his Red Sox debut by batting ninth and playing second base. Eric Patterson will get his first start since Aug. 15, leading off and playing center field as Ryan Kalish gets the night off. Here is the starting lineup for the Red Sox on Tuesday night in Chicago:
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Celtics head coach Doc Rivers met with the media after the club's first practice of the season Tuesday at Salve Regina University. Rivers was asked about the comments made by Glen Davis at Media Day on Monday. The forward complained about not knowing what his role with the club will be this year, commenting, "No matter what I do, you know, I can play great, it's still not enough."
"I think he's living up to [The Big Baby moniker] again," Rivers said of Davis. "If Baby doesn't know what his role is by now, I guess he'll be sitting down a lot. It's just that simple."
For more Celtics news visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.
Gene Orza, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Chief Operating Officer, announced his plans to retire in the spring of 2011 on Tuesday. Orza, who will remain on the MLBPA staff through March of next year, has worked with the players union for 26 years. The MLBPA COO may be most known for his role in orchestrating a drug testing compromise in 2002 that allowed the Clubs and Association to break an almost 20-year impasse on the subject of random testing of players. To read the complete press release from the MLBPA on Orza's retirement plans, visit the Full Count blog.
In an appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, new Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has made no less than $10 million in each of his last 14 NBA seasons, and at least $20 million in his last nine campaigns, said that he had no problem taking a pay cut in excess of 90 percent in order to come to the Celtics. O'Neal signed a two-year deal for approximately $3 million this summer, and he suggested that money was virtually irrelevant in making his decision to join Boston.
"I had other options where the money would have been greater. But this franchise, this team, has a tradition of winning," O'Neal said. "I’ve been one of the luckiest guys in the history of the game. I’ve had four max deals and one lifetime of play. So money wasn’t an issue. Money will never be an issue. But Danny Ainge had $1 million left, which was the minimum. If I had to, to come here and play, I would have played for free....
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Peter King of SI.com join the show to talk about the latest news surrounding deflate gate.
Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about deflate gate and the Pats innocence. Also what would have happened if he worked with Bill Belichick.
PHOENIX — After landing in Phoenix Monday afternoon, Patriots owner Robert Kraft took to the podium to make a passionate defense of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the organization in response to Deflategate.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.
Kirk wasn't taking any crap from Woody in North Reading.
Tony Kornheiser joins Dennis and Callahan in Arizona to discuss his comment comparing Bill Belichick to Whitey Bulger.
Four-time Super Bowl Champion Bill Romanowski joined the show to share his thoughts on the greatest QB he ever played with, and his Super Bowl experiences.
Chris Mortensen, ESPN, joined the show to talk about all the reports regarding "Deflategate." He thinks that people are making too big a deal out of it. He also hints that he's skeptic of Bill Belichick's attempt to blame science on the balls dropping in pressure.
The Rogue Ball Boy Theory picks up steam...then dies. Is the Rogue Ball Boy the fastest ball deflater ever or is he simply someone with a healthy prostate who probably doesn't even wash his hands. Also, Ted Wells says the investigation will take a while. And Robert Kraft demands an apology if the investigation finds no wrong-doing by the Pats.
We dive deep into some of the shadier things the Patriots have done over the years from a personnel standpoint.
Mike Florio and Peter King talk about some of the latest news surrounding deflate gate and whether the Pats knowingly did something wrong.
Mike Westhoff joins the show and explains other cheating scandals and if he thinks the Patriots are guilty of deflate gate.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Former Panthers GM and current ESPN 730 radio host in Charlotte, Marty Hurney spoke, ambiguously, about a lot of "rumors" he's heard about the New England Patriots, dating back to 2001. He did admit he believes Bill Belichick's assertions during Saturday's press conference.More from this show
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.More from this show