The Red Sox made four roster moves prior to their series-opener with the Phillies on Friday, including activating closer Jonathan Papelbon from the family leave/bereavement list. The Sox also designated reliever Joe Nelson for assignment, recalled Scott Atchison, and placed outfielder Jeremy Hermida on the disabled list with a rib injury suffered from his collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre last Friday in Baltimore.
Nelson said he would likely retire if another team didn't claim him but also acknowledged that his statement could have just been a case of his emotions talking. The 35-year-old right hander has a career ERA of 4.38 in parts of six seasons since entering the league in 2001.
"In all likelihood, if I clear waivers, I’ve probably thrown my last pitch. I don’t anticipate myself going back to Pawtucket, but that’s emotion talking right now and we’ll probably reanalyze it...
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who has been dealing with discomfort in his right knee, remains in the lineup, but Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis gets the day off on Friday against the Phillies, one day after leaving the game against the Indians early with what the club called mild back spasms. In Youkilis' place, Mike Lowell gets the start at first base.
SP -- Lackey
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Red Sox team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill took part in a conference call to discuss the discovery that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a non-displaced fracture in his rib. The injury, Gill emphasized, is in a different part of the ribs than the hairline fracture of four ribs that Ellsbury incurred in his collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11.
Gill believes that Ellsbury’s injury was incurred when he dove for a ball in Philadelphia on May 23. The current course of having the outfielder rest for at least two weeks before resuming baseball activity would keep Ellsbury sidelined at least for two weeks, and, in Gill’s estimate, as late as the All-Star break.
“I hate to put an estimate on it,” said Gill. “He will really dictate a lot of it by the history of his symptoms. It won’t be less than two weeks, because we just want to give him a good two weeks away, let him do...
Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace are both sitting on six technical fouls during the postseason. If either of them gets one more they are subject to a one-game suspension from the NBA. Doc Rivers has expressed concern that they could be provoked into getting technicals, but Laker coach Phil Jackson said that was not part of his team's mindset. "That's not fair play," he said. "That's not the way to play the games."
Throughout the Celtics postseason run, the elephant in the room has been the future of the team's eight free agents, notably Ray Allen (Paul Pierce also has a player option for next season). Doc Rivers noted Friday that the team's uncertain future has not been a regular topic of concersation in the locker room. "No, we don't talk about it at all," Rivers said. "I've said that -- I said it in the middle of the year. I think hopefully we sign Ray back -- I think I can say that. If not, I just got fined." Rivers also said that he thinks Kevin Garnett will be better next season as he moves further away from his knee surgery. As for the notion that this is the last run for the Celtics, Rivers disagreed. "We don't think that. I think everyone outside of us, a lot of people do."
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss Tom Brady's cold and how the Patriots have looked pretty loose in Arizona.
Mike Tirico of Monday Night Football joins the show to preview the Super Bowl.
Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
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The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Gerry and Kirk breakdown Kirk's confrontation with the competition.
Doyel knows the Patriots fixed the AFC title game and they now belong in the same sentence as the 1919 White Sox.
Tomase talks about being embedded with the Seahawks and the festivities at the WEEI dinner.
Dan Dakich needs security to go back into Iowa and Bills head coach Rex Ryan greenflies Christian.
Devin McCourty's twin brother Jason joined the program to preview the Super Bowl and discuss Devin's plans as a free agent
Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk joins the show to talk about past Patriot cheating scandals and previews the Pats v Seahawks.
For today's four at four we elect our own inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Did Ty Law make it?
Monday Night Football host Mike Tirico stops by to preview the Super Bowl and give us his analysis of Russell Wilson.
Former player and coach Herm Edwards stops by to preview the Super Bowl and explain how to slow down Russell Wilson.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
Dale and Michael talk to John Brenkus about the tests he did in relation to deflate gate and the conclusions he came to.More from this show
New York radio personality Joe Beningo sits down with D&C to discuss all the topics surrounding this year's big game.More from this show
Ben Volin sits in with the guys and breaks down deflategate and the future of Darrelle Revis.More from this show
Florio talks about the latest surrounding the Patriots' handling of footballs. He also reveals that other NFL head coaches are running their own tests on footballs.More from this show