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07/14/2010 - 6:56pm
Theo: 'Good news' on Ellsbury front

 

Theo Epstein sounded an optimistic tone on Wednesday at Fenway Park when asked about Jacoby Ellsbury, who is now in Fort Myers attempting to rehab his ailing ribs and side. Epstein said he is encouraged that Ellsbury has been able to pick up a bat and do some baseball activities, indicating participating in games could be two weeks away.  

 

“I don’t want to put a timetable on it but a normal hitting progression is two weeks but I think it’s good news that he’s already ahead of that schedule, [two weeks] from picking up a bat to being able to take game at-bats,” Epstein said. 

 

Ellsbury initially injured his ribs on April 11 in Kansas City when he collided with Adrian Beltre, going after a fly ball. He attempted a comeback in May in Philadelphia and suffered a setback and has been...

07/14/2010 - 6:50pm
Hermida to start rehab assignment Thursday

Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida will start a three-game rehab assignment Thursday for Double-A Portland in New Britain. 

 

Hermida has been sidelined since June 11 with broken ribs. He is batting .217 with five home runs and 27 RBI for the Red Sox this season. 

 

For more Red Sox news go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/14/2010 - 3:33pm
O'Neal 'knew' Heat's plan, chose C's
By: DJ Bean

WALTHAM -- In meeting with the media on Wednesday, new Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal spoke about his former team, the Miami Heat, saying that he was aware that the plan was to reel in star free agents LeBron James and Chris Bosh while also retaining Dwyane Wade. The Heat also wanted O'Neal back to team with the trio, but he instead took a two-year deal with the Celtics.

 

"I knew what they were trying to do, and I could have re-signed back with those guys, but it comes down to fit," O'Neal said. "It comes down to personalities and style of play, and Boston has all that for me. It was the most important choice that I've made in my career.

 

"It was the first time I actually had the opportunity to even be a free agent in about 14 years, so it was very difficult, but I just felt like over the next two years I needed to be somewhere where the focus is strictly about winning now, not worrying about chemistry...

07/14/2010 - 11:45am
Francona on D&H: 'Challenge has been fun'

Red Sox manager Terry Francona talked to the Dale & Holley show Wednesday morning, and one of the points of discussion was the clubhouse and how the Sox have stuck together through the rough times of the first half of the year.

 

"It's actually some of the best I've ever seen," Francona said. "It's good. It's guys that are trying to pick each other up, and even the guys that are hurt, they're out there and they're enthusiastic. Our dugout's been as intense as any time as I've ever been here. It's not always been perfect, but the challenge has been kind of fun."

 

Francona also talked about the ordeal of whether Adrian Beltre was going to make an appearance in Tuesday's All-Star game after going down with a hamstring injury.  

 

"He had been checked by a lot of medical people. We were pretty comfortable that if he did play, he'd be a little bit careful. I think Dr. [Lewis]...

07/14/2010 - 11:25am
Blue Jays send Gonzalez to Braves

The Blue Jays sent former Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez and his 17 home runs to the Braves Wednesday in a trade for shortstop Yunel Escobar and pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. The Jays also sent two minor leaguers to Atlanta to complete the deal.

 

Gonzalez signed with Toronto as a free agent in the offseason after completing his second stint in Boston in 2009, hitting .284 with five home runs in 44 games. He got off to a fast start in Toronto and is hitting .259 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI in 85 games.

 

Escobar, in his fourth season in the majors, is considered a solid defensive player, but he has struggled this year. After hitting .299 with 14 home runs and 76 RBI in 141 games last year, he is hitting .238 with no home runs and 19 RBI in 75 games for the first-place Braves. He's also committed nine errors.


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