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10/21/2009 - 2:12pm
Timeline for Sox Options

The contracts for seven members of the 2009 Red Sox included team options for 2010: Josh Beckett, Alex Gonzalez, Victor Martinez, Takashi Saito, Jason Varitek, Billy Wagner and Tim Wakefield. In most instances, the Red Sox have until five days after the World Series to decide whether to exercise those options. For player-by-player details of the status of the 2010 options, click here to read the Full Count blog.


10/21/2009 - 12:31pm
Edelman, Light missing from practice

Wide receiver Julian Edelman, offensive lineman Matt Light, running backs Sammy Morris Fred Taylor and defensive back Darius Butler were not present for the start of Patriots practice this afternoon at Gillette Stadium. Brian Hoyer, Isaiah Stanback, Derrick Burgess, Terrence Wheatley and Darryl Richard were all in black practice jerseys, signifying their status as practice players of the week. For more Patriots updates, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

 


10/21/2009 - 12:30pm
Wakefield has successful surgery

According to a Red Sox team spokesperson, the surgery on a herniated disc in Tim Wakefield's back was a success. The procedure was performed at Mass. General Hospital Wednesday morning. It is assumed that if the prognosis for Wakefield's recovery remains positive -- as was predicted heading into the operation -- the Red Sox would pick up the 43-year-old's $4 million option for the 2010 season. 

 

“Wake is someone that is in our plans and we hope makes starts for us next year and is a member of the rotation,” said Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein during a press conference the day after the conclusion of the Red Sox' season. “We haven’t sat down and finalized anything. Obviously we want to see how the surgery goes and then...

10/21/2009 - 12:00pm
Thomas: 'Yeah, I was surprised'

FOXBORO - A frustrated Adalius Thomas spoke for the first time since being a non-injury scratch on Sunday and said he was told of his inactive status by his position coach, not head coach Bill Belichick. "Yeah, I was surprised," Thomas said. "Ask Bill. He has all the answers." Thomas held court in front of his locker for over five minutes and was asked if Sunday's benching could motivate him. "This is not Kindergarten. I don't play mental games. I just do what I'm told. So, that's how things are. He just [says] who plays, he makes all the personnel decisions. I think you all probably want to huddle up with him and find out. When you all find out, I find out." For full coverage, visit the football blog It Is What It Is.


10/21/2009 - 11:31am
Thornton "very doubtful" vs. Predators

Bruins coach Claude Julien termed rugged winger Shawn Thornton a "big question mark" and "very doubtful" for Wednesday night's game against the Nashville Predators with an undisclosed injury. Thornton skated on his own prior to the team's voluntary morning skate, and Julien held out hope that he would improve enough over the course of the day to suit up.
"We put him on the ice early this morning and he skated on his own this morning. He's very doubtful for tonight unless the trainers tell us that he's ready to go when he gets here tonight," said Julien. "That just goes to show you that he is a day-to-day player because morning to night-time he could actually improve that much. He could be available anytime."
For more info from today's practice, check in with the Big Bad Blog.


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