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08/27/2012 - 2:08pm
Welker back to practice, Spikes, Vereen out

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker returned to practice on Monday in full uniform on the practice fields outside Gillette Stadium. 

Welker has not played in the last two games for what he termed Monday "personal issues" but returned to the practice field on Monday. 

The Patriots practiced in shorts and shells in advance of their final preseason game on Wednesday night at MetLife Stadium against the Giants. 

Among those not spotted Monday were running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, offensive linemen Nick McDonald and Matt Kopa, defensive back Will Allen and linebacker Tracy White.  

Patrick Chung led a group of Patriots players who were at practice but only in shorts and t-shirts. Also in shorts were Jabar Gaffney, Stevan Ridley, Markus Zusevics and Myron Pryor. 

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08/27/2012 - 2:06pm
Ortiz to get PRP injection, no surgery

Red Sox DH David Ortiz said that he will get a PRP (plasma-rich platelet) injection within "the next couple days" in order to promote healing in his ailing right Achilles. According to the slugger, who went back on the disabled list on Monday (retroactive to Saturday), he was told by the Red Sox medical staff on Monday that a PRP injection will give him a 60-70 percent chance of healing within a couple weeks to the point where he can play again this year.

For that reason, Ortiz elected that treatment option rather than shockwave therapy (something that he plans to get after the season), a form of treatment that would prevent him from taking part in any baseball activities for four to five weeks, thus effectively ending his year.

"I live for this, and there's not one thing I would like to do more than to be out there for our fans and this organization," said Ortiz. "I'd like to be out there playing for this ballclub, my...

08/27/2012 - 1:30pm
Welker: 'Personal issues' reason for absence

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker, who has not played in the last two preseason games for the Patriots, spoke Monday morning before practice. Welker spoke in front of his locker. 

"A lot of it is personal issues, so I'll just leave it at that and let coach [Bill] Belichick take care of everything else," Welker said. "Just talk to coach on that."

Belichick was asked about Welker's absence, and as he did on Friday night after the preseason game in Tampa, the coach said Welker is "day-to-day" and would not elaborate on if the issues are injury related. 

It is customary for a Patriots player not to address the media when he is nursing an injury.

Welker's comments come as tight end Aaron Hernandez reportedly agreed to a five-year, $40 million extension on Monday, with $16.4 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money is nearly $7 million more than Welker is getting as a franchised player this season. ...

08/27/2012 - 12:18pm
Rosenthal on M&M: Valentine still not safe

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal checked in with Mut & Merloni on Monday to talk about the Red Sox' blockbuster trade with the Dodgers.

Rosenthal admitted that the trade caught him by surprise.

"I thought there's no chance, there's no chance they take all that money -- the Dodgers -- and give up prospects," he said. "It just doesn't happen that way anymore. But as I wrote in the Dodgers article today … it's really a new model. It's only a model perhaps that the Dodgers could follow, but they know that to get premier talent -- and [Adrian] Gonzalez specifically -- that they had to do this."

Rosenthal said there is a consensus feeling around his baseball contacts that the Sox got the better of the deal.

"[By Saturday afternoon] I had talked to more than a half-dozen [baseball executives], and every one of them could not understand this from the Dodgers' perspective," Rosenthal said, adding: "No one...

08/27/2012 - 11:42am
Sox place Ortiz on DL, add Kalish to roster

Ryan Kalish was added to the Red Sox roster Monday as David Ortiz was placed on the disabled list with a right Achilles injury.

The injury-plagued Kalish is batting .203/.247/.241 in 25 games with Boston this season, and .261/.336/.414 in 27 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Red Sox also activated Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will pitch against the Royals on Monday afternoon, and optioned reliever Pedro Beato back to Triple-A.

Beato, who was acquired from the Mets in the Kelly Shoppach trade, was called up Sunday and got the win in relief. He allowed two runs on three hits in two innings vs. the Royals (both of the runs scored after he left the game with the bases loaded).

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