After hearing that Twins closer Joe Nathan had suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and may require season-ending Tommy John surgery, Jonathan Papelbon said how the news did strike a chord. “For sure it hits home for me," he said. "Any pitcher, it’s something that you always have to be aware of and try and not push the limits, but that’s such a hard thing to do. It’s like a high-wire act because your natural instinct is to always go out there and pitch, even when you’re feeling a little bit of pain.”
Papelbon, however, did go on to say that the injury shouldn't be linked to the wear and tear that comes with closing, and that if such an injury occurred when the Red Sox' closer was making his decision to go from the starting rotation back to the bullpen it wouldn't have changed his mind.
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According to reports from Toronto, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara missed the morning skate and will not play in Tuesday night's game against the Maple Leafs due to what coach Claude Julien termed a "lower-body injury." Tim Thomas will start in goal for the Bruins, who are coming off a loss Sunday in Pittsburgh in which center Marc Savard took a hit to the head and suffered a Grade 2 concussion.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be a guest on The Big Show on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie will be co-hosting with Glenn Ordway. Topics likely to be addressed include the disappointing 2009 season, free agency and the signing of Vince Wilfork. If you miss the interview, visit The Big Show audio on demand page after the show.
NESN analyst Mike Milbury was a guest of the Dale & Holley show Tuesday morning to talk about the Bruins and the Marc Savard controversy. Asked whether Penguins forward Matt Cooke should be suspended for his hit to the head that gave Savard a concussion, Milbury said he need to take another look at the play, but: "Given the rules of the game today, I don't think it's a suspendable offense."
Milbury offered an explanation and defense for Cooke. Said Milbury: "The word predatory does come to mind. And you know, I don't have any trouble with that. When you're playing hockey, you're supposed to finish your checks. I don't think he meant to give him a Grade 2 concussion. That's Matt Cooke's game. He's supposed to be a guy that finishes his checks, that agitates a little bit, that can play a little bit of hockey. He's not a slug, But he's no Sidney Crosby. His job is to make sure he punishes people when he gets the opportunity....
Twins closer Joe Nathan was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is out indefinitely. The Twins said Nathan has a "significant tear" and will decide whether to have surgery within two weeks, after resting and rehabbing. Surgery likely would mean the end to Nathan's season. The right-hander, who had a career-high 47 saves with a 2.10 ERA in 2009, was pitching against the Red Sox Saturday when he left the game with soreness and stiffness in his elbow.
“Without Nathan, our bullpen is really in trouble. It has been and it will be if we don’t have Nathan,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told WEEI.com on Friday, less than 24 hours before Nathan suffered his injury. “Not saying somebody can’t step in, but without Nathan, we’d be in trouble.”
For more on Nathan, and his relevance to Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon,...
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