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08/04/2010 - 4:22pm
Report: Sox place Lowell on waivers

According to a report from ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell was placed on revocable trade waivers. Almost all players are placed on waivers in August. Many are pulled back when and if another team claims them.

 

In the case of Lowell, the size of his contract (the remainder of his $12 million salary for this season) makes it almost certain that he will not be claimed, especially since the Sox demonstrated a willingness in multiple trade scenarios to pick up all of his salary except for the prorated major league minimum (for more on that, click here). Few teams would have the available money to add Lowell, particularly given the questions about his playing time. Meanwhile, he has become a more valuable component of the Sox with Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list, as...

08/04/2010 - 3:58pm
Pregame notes: Nava 'will be the move'
By: DJ Bean

Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters prior to Wednesday's game that no official roster move has been made as Jacoby Ellsbury is activated from the disabled list. He did, however, indicate that Daniel Nava "will be the move" and thus will be sent to Triple A Pawtucket. Such a transaction was expected given that Nava has options and Eric Patterson, who does not, would have had to be designated for assignment. Francona said that Nava, who was in uniform and in the Sox' clubhouse, "is already aware of it."

 

Ellsbury will hit leadoff Wednesday, though that won't always be the case, Francona said. The manager reminded reporters that shortstop Marco Scutaro "is not dead" and will continue to see time at the top of the order, even if sparingly. 

 

Kevin Youkilis, who left Monday's game with a thumb injury and was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, will fly to Cleveland and see Dr....

08/04/2010 - 3:51pm
Ellsbury feels like 'kid on Christmas'

Jacoby Ellsbury spoke for approximately 6 1/2 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, three hours before his scheduled return to action against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park as the leadoff batter and center fielder. Ellsbury said that he is aware of the criticism some have leveled against him for sitting out and that he doesn't know what to expect in terms of fan reaction. 

 

"The fans have been great to me this entire time, my whole career," Ellsbury said. "I'm not sure what to expect. I'm just know they've been great in the past. I'm excited. I'm a kid on Christmas. I've been counting down the days. I'm excited for it and the day can't come quicker."

 

Ellsbury has been out with fractured ribs in his right side since May 28 after trying to play with the injury in Philadelphia. He initially suffered the injury on April 11 in Kansas City in a collision with Adrian Beltre when the two collided in the...

08/04/2010 - 3:48pm
Nava to be sent down with Ellsbury back
By: DJ Bean

The Red Sox plan to option outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket prior to the start of Wednesday's game agains the Indians in order to clear a roster spot for returning leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury. Though the move won't become official until close to game time, Nava -- who was recalled on Monday, aafter Mike Cameron landed on he disabled list, and went 1-for-2 -- has already been informed of the move, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.

 

In other news:

 

--Francona suggested that Ellsbury might not always lead off, as the team monitors his workload.

 

--Catcher Jason Varitek did some light jogging for the first time since suffering his broken foot.


08/04/2010 - 3:48pm
Celtics announce Shaq signing

The Celtics announced on their team website that they have come to terms with Shaquille O’Neal. “It is not every day that you can add a player of Shaquille’s caliber to your team,” Danny Ainge said in the release. “His past experience speaks for itself and we believe that he is a great fit for our roster.” According to the report O’Neal will wear No. 36.


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