New Red Sox reliever Billy Wagner's 11-month timetable for a return to the major leagues is all the more improbable given that the procedure he underwent last September was a more extensive repair of his elbow than just Tommy John surgery. The reliever identified additional procedures that were done at the time of his ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery and that made his rapid recovery -- especially at the age of 38 -- all the more noteworthy.
"They did a scope in the back (of the elbow), moved the ulnar nerve, fixed the flexor (tendon) – they did it all," Wagner said. "They didn’t even tell me that they had done the scope or anything else until after."
But Wagner followed a rigorous rehab program at an aggressive pace, and so still was able to return to the majors in a relatively rapid timeframe. Even so, a baseball source suggested that medical risks persist for a pitcher...
Junichi Tazawa allowed nine runs and 10 hits over four innings as the Red Sox were beaten by the White Sox, 9-5 at Fenway Park. J.D. Drew homered twice in the loss and Alex Gonzalez also homered as the Red Sox had their three-game winning streak snapped. Nick Green pitched the eighth and ninth innings in relief, becoming the first Red Sox position player to pitch two hitless innings since Eddie Lake in 1944.
With the Red Sox bullpen short on relievers and Junichi Tazawa lasting just four innings, shortstop Nick Green made his major pitching debut in the eighth inning. He threw 14 pitches, 13 fastballs and one slider. He didn't allow a hit in his two innings, issued three walks and pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth. He entered the game with the Red Sox trailing the White Sox, 9-2.
Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Chris Carter, currently playing for Triple A Pawtucket, was claimed on waivers as a means of delaying his transfer from the Red Sox to the Mets as one of the two players to be named in the deal that sent reliever Billy Wagner to Boston, according to a major league source. Despite the claim, the maneuver might have only the effect of leaving Carter in limbo for the rest of the season, since the Red Sox can pull him back from waivers and then send him to New York without passing Carter through waivers in the offseason.
Carter, 26, is hitting .279 with a .340 OBP and .779 OPS for the PawSox. He was acquired -- as a player to be named later -- as part of a three-way deal that sent former Red Sox outfielder Wily Mo Pena to the Nationals in 2007.
On a rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket last night, shortstop Jed Lowrie felt discomfort in his left hand after a check swing. Lowrie went on the disabled list on Aug. 8 due to discomfort in left wrist, the same one that required surgery in April.
Lowrie said he felt discomfort in his left hand after a check swing on a strikeout, and his hand, down to his fingers, still didn't feel right today. Though admittedly frustrated, he says that he's not ready to give up on the season, particularly after hitting three homers in his first two rehab games.
"There's still something there," he said.
He's been told by others who have undergone wrist surgery that check swings are usually the final hurdle en route to normalcy, so he's hopeful this injury doesn't mean he's far off.
"I know there is light at the end of the tunnel," said Lowrie.
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Peter King joins Mut and Merloni to go across the NFL and address the latest news. He discusses Kubiak's firing, Tomlin's fine, and Dennard's possible suspension.
Brick makes his weekly appearance on Mut and Merloni and discusses the Bruins loss to Montreal and the hit on Johnny Boychuck.
Michael Fabiano, fantasy expert and Yankees fan, gives his opinion on the Cano signing, discusses Julian Edelman's rising fantasy value, and actually suggests starting Ryan Fitzpatrick
We check in with Herm Edwards on the Pats, Stevan Ridley, and a great many things around the NFL.
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Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
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