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05/15/2010 - 10:47am
Welker: I injured 'just the ACL'

Wes Welker gave his third interview in less than a week on Friday and touched on many of the same themes he hit on earlier in his two previous Q&A's. But there was one new piece of information — he said that when it came to his left knee injury, he injured “just the [anterior cruciate ligament],” which would run counter to the reports that the wide receiver also injured his medial collateral ligament in the same knee in the regular-season finale against the Texans in January.

If Welker did injure only the ACL in his left knee — not the ACL AND MCL — this would drastically alter the rehab timetable, according to noted sports injury expert Will Carroll.

"I did a piece on this in last year's Football Outsiders Almanac. The standard is not to repair the MCL, so there's not a significant difference in the rehab now for ACL and MCL or just ACL," Carroll said in an e-mail to WEEI.com. "There is...

05/14/2010 - 10:43pm
Sox hoping Beckett will pitch Tuesday

Josh Beckett threw long-toss prior to Friday's game against the Tigers, and he told reporters that he is feeling significant improvement in his recovery from a back spasm that he experienced during batting practice on Monday. He will throw a side session on Saturday, and if he shows no ill effects from that outing, the Red Sox' Opening Day starter would pitch in the second game of the two-game series against the Yankees in New York on Tuesday.

 

That said, the Sox still are hedging their bets in case Beckett is delayed. Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who allowed three runs in seven innings on Wednesday, also will be available to make Tuesday's start if Beckett is unavailable.

 

"Any problems at all, [Saturday] will be Wake’s side day, too," Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters. "Both pitchers are aware of what’s going on. We’ll see how everyone shows up...

05/14/2010 - 10:09pm
Gagne: 'Nervous' Bruins gave Flyers life

Simon Gagne, the hero of Game 7 and of the series for the Flyers, said after Philadelphia's 4-3 win in Game 7 that nerves may have played a role in the too many men on the ice penalty that led to the series-deciding goal.

 

“We expected them to come very hard and they did," Gagne said of Boston's 3-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes of the game. "Our mistake was maybe taking bad penalties early on, two goals on the power play. It’s not the start you want. After that third goal, we had a timeout and said, ‘Let’s just play one goal at a time and focus on scoring the first goal.’

 

“After that we were sure they would start questioning themselves a little bit and then we went for the second one and then were able to tie the game. I’m sure at that point they started to get...

05/14/2010 - 10:09pm
Cameron homers in rehab game

Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer and added a single in four at-bats, improving to 4-for-12 in his rehab assignment. Cameron also struck out a pair of times, and added an outfield assist.

 

Playing in the fourth game of his Triple-A rehab assignment, the 37-year-old played left field in order to give his legs something of a rest. He had an outfield assist. Cameron appears likely to return to the Red Sox early next week. When he does, manager Terry Francona told reporters, the Sox will let him play left field on days when he feels he needs a break, but otherwise the team would like to have him to play center.


05/14/2010 - 9:41pm
Sobotka on penalty: 'I heard my name'

The too-many-men penalty that the Bruins took at 11:10 of the third period occurred when center Marc Savard had signaled for a change with his stick up heading toward the bench and then passed the bench to continue on the back-check. Center Vladimir Sobotka jumped on the ice and took a few steps before circling around and coming back to the bench, but at that point the referees had called the penalty. Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers on the power play 1:42 later for the series-deciding goal.

 

"I don't really know. I knew that [Marc Savard] was changing and I heard my name and I jumped on the ice and we had six guys on the ice," Sobotka said. "I thought he was going for a change but I didn't see that he was on the back-check. ... I just heard my name. I don't want to talk about it."

 

For more on Game 7, visit the Big Bad Blog.


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