According to the Providence Journal, Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron expects that he will require offseason surgery to fix the sports hernia that is responsible for the abdominal strain that has had him on the disabled list since April 20. While the 37-year-old has now played three games in his rehab assignment, and appears likely to return to the Sox early next week, he acknowledged that he is still playing through what the report described as "significant pain."
"I'm pushing it. I'm pushing it," Cameron said. "I'd think [offseason surgery will be necessary]. Yeah, I'd think so. ... Every single person I've talked to who's had this had surgery. Every single one."
In three rehab games, Cameron is 2-for-8 with a double, three walks and a pair of runs. In 11 major league games this year, he was hitting .233/....
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon, one day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, denied a Sports Illustrated report that coach Mike Brown has been fired. Brown’s management of the team was criticized throughout the series, and it is widely anticpated that he will be let go soon.
Yahoo! Sports reported there are talks of University of Kentucky coach John Calipari being named the Cavs next coach, but Calipari tweeted that he would not be leaving the school this year. Si.com also reported Danny Ferry will remain general manager of the Cavs “for the forseeable future.”
The Flyers had a light, optional morning skate before Friday night's Game 7 against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette insisted that nothing changes for his team heading into the biggest game of the season and that the Flyers are used to the pressure that this point playing "our fifth Game 7," referring to the string of elimination games the Flyers have faced in coming back from a 3-0 series deficit to force the ultimate game at TD Garden.
"We are in a familiar spot. It really is our fifth time that we have been faced with elimination and we are ready for this. The message hasn't changed since Day 1 since I have been here to right now," Laviolette said. "Everything stays the same, the meetings stay the same, the message is the same. What is expected is the same. It is important that we go out and do what we have been doing, because since Christmas time it has brought...
Following the Celtics' elimination of the Cavaliers Thursday night, speculation as to what will happen regarding LeBron James' foray into free agency has become the day's hot topic. The Cavs star reportedly has become close to University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, and a number of people have suggested that James will demand Calipari be his coach next season, wherever he ends up. Calipari sought to end that talk by tweeting Friday morning: "I want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let's finish what we started!"
Read more at our LEEInks blog about what writers around the country are saying about the situation -- which includes some critical columns about James' apparent lack of desire in the last two games and the his strategy regarding free agency. And read...
The Bruins chose to skip their morning skate on Friday before Game 7 of their semifinals series against the Flyers. Coach Claude Julien held a morning press conference to discuss the matchup and explained that it was better for his team to rest and stay focused after having a good practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington on Thursday and doing the bulk of their preparation at the practice facility.
"We want everybody to be difference makers, or go in with that intent anyway," Julien said. "The biggest thing I know is that you go out there and play to win. Sometimes they say the term 'safe is death.' If you want to play it safe it is not going to help your chances of winning."
For more Bruins news, visit the Big Bad Blog.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Rob Gronkowski's meeting with the media on Friday. Gronk said he doesn't anticipate changing the way he plays, noting that he wants to "keep smashing and dashing."
Julian Edelman joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz after Patriots training camp.
We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Kevin Millar joins Merloni, Fauria, and Benz to discuss David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia's struggles, and Jon Lester's contract.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Rob gave the latest on Jon Lester trade talks and the flap between Ortiz and the Rays.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
John, Meter and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest flap between the Red Sox and the Rays.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
The guys discuss their easiest college classes.
After comments by Nick Caserio, the guys discuss if the Patriots should adjust their defensive approach after the additions of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
A compelling case can be made that July 24, 2004, represents as significant a landmark as any date in modern Red Sox history. On that day, a memorable brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees served as a catalyst for an epic 10-9 walkoff victory for the Red Sox over New York and indomitable closer Mariano Rivera, a game cited by many members of the 2004 team as pivotal in Boston's first championship run in 86 years. Ian Browne, who covers the Red Sox for MLB.com and authored Idiots Revisited, discusses the landmark game.
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Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.More from this show
We discuss the return of Rob Gronkowski, his comments to the media today, and what a healthy (or unhealthy) Gronk will mean for the 2014 Patriots.More from this show