CLEVELAND -- Speaking before the Red Sox ' Wednesday night game against the Indians at Progressive Field, Josh Beckett explained that it is his right latissimus muscle that has been the problem, and was the deciding factor when the team decided to shut down the pitcher's throwing. Beckett said that if he passes the physical tests, scheduled to administered either Thursday or Friday, he will throw for the first time since the 25-pitch bullpen session he was forced to cut short May 28.
"Whenever I hurt my lat that's when they said, 'You know what, see the doctor, let's do the tests. Let's do whatever we need to do,'" explained Beckett.
"I wasn't throwing normal. When you don't throw normal that's when muscles aren't used to being like that. There are certain days I still feel it, but I'm having a really good day today. Today is one of those days where I get in and think, 'Why can't I play catch today...
Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and spoke about the number of fouls that have been called, the need for the Celtics to play like they did in the previous two rounds, and the lack of worry with just one day between games.
"Some of our fouls just aren't smart," Ainge said. "We're wasting our fouls doing silly things and you can't do that. When you're a team player on a team, you've got be able to use your fouls wisely and I don't think we're doing a good enough job doing that. We're getting out of position, which is causing us to react, and we're just not in sync.
"For whatever reason offensively and defensively, we're not playing like the team that won six games in a row against Cleveland and Orlando, and if we're going to win this series, we have to get back to playing like that team."
Ainge also pointed to an ability to defend and rebound...
CLEVELAND -- Daisuke Matsuzaka was forced to abandon his scheduled side session due to what Red Sox manager Terry Francona classified as 'intestinal turmoil.' The pitcher threw up after executing long toss, not getting a chance to begin his work in the bullpen. Matsuzaka was sent back to the team hotel with the hope that he will be able to throw a lighter side session Thursday.
"He got sick," Francona said. "I don't know how you say that in Japanese, but he puked."
In other Red Sox news:
- News about how Jacoby Ellsbury came through his examination in Los Angeles with Dr. Lewis Yocum won't be available until just prior to game-time, according Francona. Ellsbury was to have his injured ribs examined by Yocum.
- The Red Sox don't expect to see Jonathan Papelbon again until the team returns to Boston Friday. Papelbon is on bereavement leave, which can be minimum...
Jeremy Hermida, who has been out of the lineup since suffering a collision with Adrian Beltre in Baltimore Friday night, is back in the Red Sox batting order, playing left field. The rest of the Sox lineup against Cleveland starter Justin Masterson is as follows: Scutaro SS, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Youkilis 1B, Martinez C, Drew RF, Beltre 3B, Hermida LF, Reddick CF, Buchholz P. To see all the matchups visit the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
Celtics head coach Doc Rivers met with the media on Wednesday, and was asked about the ability of Derek Fisher to defend Ray Allen coming off screens.
"Derek? What, besides flopping, he doesn't do a lot extra." Rivers said. "He plays hard. He's been in the game long enough to understand. I thought he got away with a lot last night. I thought there was a lot of holding going on and a lot of flopping going on.
But he's good at it, he's always been good at it. We knew that going into the series. He's one of the best charge-takers in the game. He's always been that. And some of them are charges and some of them are flops, but all of them are tough to call. It's a brutal call to make, it really is a tough one."
For more Celtics news check out the Green Street Blog.
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