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06/22/2011 - 12:39pm
Ainge: 'Rondo's not 100 percent yet'

Celtics president Danny Ainge said that Rajon Rondo is "not 100 percent yet. He's probably about four weeks away from playing basketball at full speed, but he can do some training and conditioning right now." While Ainge and coach Doc Rivers addressed the media on the eve of the NBA draft, Rondo was running on a treadmill above the practice floor. He was not wearing any sort of a brace for his elbow that he dislocated in Game 3 of their playoff series with Miami.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


06/22/2011 - 12:26pm
Report: Celtics trading up for Vucevic?

USC center Nikola Vucevic has been steadily rising up the board leading into Thursday's NBA draft, and the Celtics have shown interest in trading up from No. 25 for the 7-foot European, according to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News.

"He's moved up drastically during his workouts," an anonymous NBA general manager told the paper. "A lot of teams like him now." The Knicks and Rockets join the Celtics as at least three teams who have shown interest in Vucevic, the report said.

For more on this story and the NBA draft, visit weei.com/celtics and the Green Street blog.


06/22/2011 - 12:14pm
Beckett's Saturday start still up in the air

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said his team is making contingency plans in case Josh Beckett still is ready to make his scheduled start Saturday in Pittsburgh.

Beckett was pushed back from his start Tuesday night due to what the team classified as "intestinal turmoil," and Francona described Wednesday as "a good old-fashioned case of the flu."

"He’s really sick. Doctors are trying to figure out," Francona said. "I have not seen him this morning, but he wasn’t good yesterday again. We’re going to have to play this by ear. There are some pitchers that, because of the off-day, we’re actually OK. There are some either-ors. [Andrew] Miller will throw a shorter side today, just in case. We don’t want to run him out there the first day he’s OK. Because we know him so well, we want him to have Day 2, Day 3, Day 4. We’ll see how he responds today and tomorrow.”

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06/22/2011 - 12:00pm
Jenks optimistic return is imminent

Bobby Jenks, who continues to recover from strained left intercostal muscles, was optimistic he would be able to come off the 15-day disabled list either this weekend in Pittsburgh, or the following few days when the Red Sox visit Philadelphia. The reliever is set to throw his second side session Thursday after tossing 20 pitches off a mound Tuesday.

"I've been throwing, feeling good," Jenks said prior to the Red Sox series finale against the Padres Wednesday afternoon. "We're right on schedule."

The recovery process is somewhat new to Jenks, who initially thought the injury suffered while pitching at Yankee Stadium earlier this month was the same bursa issue he had dealt with throughout his professional career. But after an examination, it was determined the ailment was due to the intercostal muscles residing underneath the pre-exisiting injury.

Unlike with the bursa, the intercostals can only heal through rest, limiting...

06/22/2011 - 10:55am
Gammons: Lowrie 'cynical' about Sox doctors

MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday morning, shortly before the Red Sox and Padres were scheduled to start their series finale at Fenway.

There has been speculation that Adrian Gonzalez will make an appearance in the outfield during the upcoming nine-game interleague road trip so that David Ortiz can continue to see regular at-bats. Gammons said it might happen, but it's unlikely to occur very often.

"I think [Terry Francona] might use Gonzalez for a couple of games, maybe one in left field in Philadelphia, one in left field in Houston, which are both short," Gammons said. "Otherwise, I don't think they'll get too fancy. I really don't. I think they'll rely on their pitching and get by. It's tough. They're both in the top five offensive players in the American League, but as long as baseball plays by two different rules, this is one of the things you have to...

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