Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who managed NBA superstar Michael Jordan while he was with the Birmingham Barons in 1994 during semi-retirement from basketball, spoke about the time he spent with Jordan that season. Jordan will be inducted into the basketball Naismith Hall of Fame today.
"His attitude towards baseball was very refreshing. It was easy to be patient," Francona said. "Spent a year with him and am better for it. He had to fight, keeping his swing short. Good base stealer. If he had a couple more years, he would've found a way to make it to the major leagues. [Jordan] is the most competitive person I've ever seen. I saw him break a pinp-pong table. Saw him break a tennis racket. [Managing him] was the best experience I could have had."
In his pre-game press conference Red Sox manager Terry Francona said about rehabbing starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka "We don't have an announcement yet on what we're going to do. [We'll] talk to the pitchers tonight and get everyone mostly squared away."
Francona also said that Matsuzaka "Held his velocity [the deeper he went] into the game, some depth to his slider. Got deep into the game, competed."
On injured starter Tim Wakefield, "He has felt a lot better today, he's not going to do anything until tomorrow."
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Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who received a cortisone injection for pain in his lower back on Thursday said "we'll let the injection take its toll ... [September 18-20 series in Baltimore] is my projected start." The All-Star pitcher is 11-4 with a 4.22 ERA for Boston this season though has not made a start since September 5th and only four starts since the beginning of July.
Patriots Practice Participation and Injury Report for Friday:
Did Not Practice
WR Matthew Slater (elbow)
DL Myron Pryor (calf)
OL Dan Connolly (back)
WR Julian Edelman (ankle)
RB Sammy Morris (finger)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
CB Terrence Wheatley (knee)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
DB Bret Lockett (chest)
TE Benjamin Watson (hamstring)
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