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06/25/2011 - 10:53am
Dr. Kelly: 'Very quick' recovery for Thomas

Dr. Bryan Kelly, the man who performed the offseason hip surgery on Tim Thomas and helped the goalie return to his Vezina-winning form, joined Sports Saturday on WEEI to talk about the surgery and Thomas's recovery time. The surgeon, who also did a similar procedure on former Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, told the show that Thomas's recovery was one of the quickest he's ever seen, despite being in his mid 30's at the time. 

"Anytime we're working around a joint, whether it's a knee or a hip, particularly the weigh-bearing joints return to full play, particularly for full-contact sports, I generally think of it as a 4-6 month period," Kelly said. "He got back very, very quickly. He was on an accelerated program. The fastest I've seen people get back from similar surgeries are probably 3-4 months. I think he was back four months to playing at a pretty high level, at least practicing, which is very, very quick for anybody at any age...

06/24/2011 - 11:36pm
Chiarelli: Hamilton 'at least a year away'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday night that he does not expect defenseman Dougie Hamilton, whom the team chose with the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft, to play in the NHL next season. If the 18-year-old doesn't make the Bruins, he will return to Niagara for another season in the OHL.

"I’d say he needs a little more development," Chiarelli said of the 6-foot-4, 187-pound blueliner. "He’s still fairly skinny. He has to be stronger, but you never know. You never know how he’ll have his summer, but my guess is that he’s at least a year away."

The Bruins did not bring Hamilton in for a workout, and it was a surprise to the team that he was available with the ninth pick. Hamilton was ranked the No. 4 North American skater by Central Scouting.

"We basically said that we don’t have to bring this fellow in," Chiarelli said. "If he’s there, it’s a no-...

06/24/2011 - 11:29pm
Ortiz: 'What's wrong with Mother Nature?'

PITTSBURGH -- Talking after his team's 3-1 loss to the Pirates Friday night at PNC Park, David Ortiz reflected on his one at-bat, where he pinch-hit for reliever Tommy Hottovy with two outs and runners on second and third in the eighth inning.

Going against Pirates' reliever Jose Veras, Ortiz ultimately grounded a two-strike, two-seam fastball to shortstop Ronny Cedeno, who threw to first baseman Lyle Overbay for the inning-ending out. When discussing the at-bat, Ortiz's initial observation centered around the fact that it seemed to start and stop raining at the beginning and end of his only plate appearance, seemingly adding an additional challenge to the key moment.

"First of all, what's wrong with Mother Nature?" Ortiz joked. "I just walk to the plate and it started pouring. What's up with that?

"He made some good pitches. I finally put a good swing on him, but the shortstop has been making a living off of me the past...

06/24/2011 - 11:04pm
Pedroia optimistic after receiving second shot

PITTSBURGH -- Dustin Pedroia told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox series-opener at PNC Park Friday night that he was injected with his second Synvisc shot Thursday. He had undergone the procedure immediately after being diagnosed with having a bruised kneecap June 9.

"I feel fine. I think the last few weeks hits have fallen in. I'm doing a good job of maintaining. My foot feels fine. My knee feels better. I got my second shot yesterday, and I have one more to go in 10 days. It feels better," Pedroia said.

"I'm doing my rehab stuff with it. It was just unfortunate that I bruised my knee and that leads to other things. They gave me the shots and they've actually had helped a ton. That's the key for me, if I'm healthy and able to go out there and not worry about anything and play as hard as I can, hopefully good things happen for our team."

Pedroia went 1-for-4 with a walk in the Sox' 3-1 loss to the Pirates Friday, but two of...

06/24/2011 - 10:41pm
Hamilton not sure if he's ready for NHL
By: DJ Bean

Perhaps in a sign that the team may have not expected him to be available with the ninth overall pick, the Bruins did not host Niagara (OHL) defenseman Dougie Hamilton for a pre-draft visit. Hamilton, ranked the No. 4 North American skater in the draft by Central Scouting, slipped to the B's in Friday night's draft, and they selected the 6-foot-4, 187-pound blueliner. 

"I didn’t visit there to interview but I met them at the Combine. I was maybe supposed to go visit them but it didn’t happen," Hamilton said after being chosen. "I heard that they liked me and I’m just happy to be a Boston Bruin."

Hamilton did make it to Boston for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, as some of the top prospects in the draft attended the game at TD Garden and spent the day there. 

"We got to go in the room and meet a bunch of the guys, and talk to Tyler Seguin and guys like that, just got to watch the game and...

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