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....
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...
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.
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.
The Bruins announced Wednesday that they have named Doug Jarvis as an assistant coach. The move rounds out a bench that also consists of head coach Claude Julien and assistants Doug Houda and Geoff Ward. Craig Ramsay left the Bruins earlier in the offseason to become head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers.
Jarvis most recently coached with the Canadiens from 2005 until 2009 and worked under Julien during the 2005-06 season. As a player, Jarvis holds the current record for the longest games played streak with 964.
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Dale and Michael are live on the air as the Rondo deal goes down.
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