Dustin Pedroia was a guest of the Mut and Merloni show on Thursday and discussed the recent struggles of Daniel Bard. The Sox reliever took the loss on Wednesday, allowing three runs in the eighth inning against the Blue Jays. Bard has a 17.36 ERA in five September appearances (4.2 innings pitched) and has walked five batters, already his highest total for any month this season.
"He's just got to slow everything down," Pedroia said. "I was trying to give him a breather yesterday with the sac bunt. You just got to take it one pitch at a time. When you speed the game up, that's when things kind of snowball on you. His stuff is some of the best in baseball. The furthest thing I'm worried about is Daniel Bard."
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FOXBORO -- Center Dan Koppen and defensive lineman Mike Wright were the only two players to miss the start of Patriots practice on Thursday as the team practiced in shorts and shells on the lower grass field. Koppen was listed Wednesday with a fibula injury while Wright was out with a concussion.
Right cornerback Leigh Bodden returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday with a bad back.
FOXBORO -- In a continuing revolving door of offensive lineman, the Patriots welcomed back Thomas Welch on Thursday, just two days after released him to make room for Donald Thomas. The Patriots announced they have signed Welch back to the practice squad, and he takes the place of offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who was released.
The Patriots are still trying to build depth along the line, with the loss of center Dan Koppen to a broken left ankle. Dan Connolly has been forced to take over center responsibilities for the time being. The Patriots were also bolstered by the return of starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer to the practice field on Wednesday after he missed last week and Monday night's season opener at Miami.
Veteran Brian Waters and Ryan Wendell are the only listed options on the depth chart at right guard, with rookie Nate Solder also a possibility with the return of Vollmer.
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Ryan Kalish underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a bulging disc in his neck. He is expected to rest for 10 days and then begin a 6-8 week rehabilitation process.
Kalish tore the labrum in his left shoulder while making a diving catch in April and played just 22 games for Triple-A Pawtucket this season. While he was able to rehab that injury rather than undergoing surgery on it, he developed pain in the upper trapezius/neck muscle while trying to work his way back to the field. He did return from the injuries to play eight games for Pawtucket in August, but struggled (just a .448 OPS) and experienced soreness in the neck. The 23-year-old flew to Los Angeles in the last week of August for a consultation with orthopedist Dr. Robert Watkins, where it was determined that surgery would be needed.
The outfielder played 54 games with the Red Sox in 2010, hitting .252 with a .710 OPS, four homers and 10 steals.
According to the Boston Herald, Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder Tuesday night to help deal with a recurrence of a weakened nerve in the area.
"It got to the point where I wasn’t being helpful, productive, for the team, so I needed to do something about it,” Lowrie told the Herald. "I didn’t have any other choice. It was either shut it down for the year or get this cortisone shot and hope to play and do what I can to help the team win this year."
Lowrie originally experienced the injury after colliding with left fielder Carl Crawford on May 29, forcing him to miss 45 games. Since returning on Aug. 8, Lowrie is hitting .213 with an OPS of .528. He is 1-for-24 this month, having struck out six times. According to the report, the infielder is hopeful to resume swinging a bat in the coming days.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart after he had two triples as part of a Red Sox 10-3 win over the Colorado Rockies
Roger Clemens joined the broadcast on a night where the 1986 Red Sox were honored before the game at Fenway Park
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Ken Laird and Paul Chartier are officially the new producers of the Dennis and Callahan Show as Lucy Burdge bails out of the race, perhaps due to money concerns.
The guys discuss the hot debates in the three-man NESN booth during Tuesday night's Red Sox game.
After hanging up on D&C on Tuesday when accused of carrying water for the Worcester District Attorney, Worcester morning radio host Jim Polito talks with glee on his radio show about his interaction with Dennis and Callahan
Comedian Jim Bruer says he was on vacation in Mexico and talked to Jastremski about deflategate.
The guys talk about NESN's experiment with a three person booth on Red Sox Telecast. They also talk about who they think should be in the booth with Dave O'Brien
DJ Bean talks to the guys about the Bruin's signing of Kevan Miller, and the state of the Bruins off-season.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox John Farrell for our weekly discussion about all things Red Sox.
We discuss the Patriots filing of an amicus brief to federal district court in support of the ongoing battle that has ensnared their quarterback.
We look at four instances where Roger Goodell flat out lies or twists himself into a pretzel when asked a question to which there is a definitive answer to... but he never answers them.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with former Patriots backup quarterback Jim Miller about Tom Brady and his mindset as he continues to battle Deflategate. Miller offers up his own thoughts on Brady’s play and what sets him apart from other signal-callers of his generation. Miller also breaks down New England’s offseason to this point on the calendar, and offers his thoughts on which team might be poised to challenge the Patriots in the AFC East.
This week we talk about top golfers dropping out of the Olympic games.
In the latest It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Comcast’s Phil Perry about the latest Deflategate news, what’s next for Tom Brady and what chance he might have when it comes to playing in the opener. The two also take a look at some guys on the roster bubble and which rookies have the best chance of having an impact in 2016 and beyond.
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