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09/15/2011 - 2:24pm
Pedroia: I'm not worried about Bard

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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09/15/2011 - 1:46pm
Pats practice: Only Koppen, Wright miss

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.

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09/15/2011 - 1:18pm
Thomas Welch back on the Patriots

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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09/15/2011 - 12:41pm
Kalish had neck surgery Wednesday

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.

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09/15/2011 - 8:43am
Lowrie receives cortisone shot in shoulder

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.


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