Bradley pain-free after first practice

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Bradley pain-free after first practice

CHICAGO Avery Bradley had a great first day of practice on Monday, feeling just as good 24 hours later as he did during practice.

But it's just one practice, which is why the Celtics will remain cautious with his return. It's looking more and more like that will come sometime in January.

"We'll try to get a few weeks of practice under my belt before I start thinking about playing in a game," said Bradley, who underwent offseason surgery on both shoulders. "Right now we're taking it day-by-day still, just seeing how I feel. As of now, I feel great."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers had similar thoughts on Bradley's first full-contact practice with the team in about six months.

"He practiced great, didn't need a lot of rest," Rivers said. "The good thing about a shoulder injury is that your legs could stay in shape."

True, but a big part of Bradley's defensive has been his ability to fight through picks and screens which puts added pressure on both of his surgically repaired shoulders.

For Bradley, the fact that he didn't feel any kind of pain or soreness in either shoulder after a 90-minute practice in which he did have to fight through some screens and picks, was very encouraging.

"I felt good," he said. "I felt like the trainers got me prepared, the doctors . . . they knew what to do to get me ready to practice. It showed because I didn't have any setback or hurting at all, moving a certain way or playing scared. I was just out there playing."

Carrabis: Red Sox have nothing to lose calling Moncada up now

Carrabis: Red Sox have nothing to lose calling Moncada up now

Jared Carrabis and Lou Merloni join SNC to discuss the Boston Red Sox calling up top prospect Yoan Moncada, and how they think the Sox should use him.

Red Sox will call up No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada on Friday

Red Sox will call up No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada on Friday

The season-long awaited arrival of Yoan Moncada to Boston has finally come with Wednesday night announcement of the Red Sox’ prospect being called up for Friday.

John Farrell alluded to potentially promoting the 21-year-old in his press conference prior to Wednesday’s game, remarking that the team needed “better production” at third base -- Moncada’s new home.

“The minor league season ends [soon], so is there benefit to him just being here? The answer to that is yes,” Farrell said before Wednesday’s win. “Do you weigh playing 'X' number of games per week versus what he could be doing at Portland or Pawtucket? Well, that goes away [with the minor league regular seasons end].

"So, again, by all accounts, there's nothing but positives that could come out of experience here -- if that were to happen.''

He’ll be formally added Friday as a September call-up, and cannot be added Thursday because Boston has the day off.

Moncada will also be eligible for the playoffs with the call-up, with the Wednesday night midnight deadline not applying because Moncada was already part of Boston’s organization.

Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, Moncada played for both Single-A Salem and, most recently, Double-A Portland this season. In his 44 games with Portland, Moncada hit .285 (49-for-172) with 11 home runs, six doubles, three triples and 27 RBI. Moncada was also 9-for-13 in stolen base attempts for the Seadogs.

"In the cases we've talked about, it has been beneficial to us for the young player to come up. They find a way to contribute in a meaningful role. 

"Without saying that [Moncada's promotion] is a definite, there's a lot [of positives] going for it.''

Moncada joins Andrew Benintendi to get the call to the Red Sox straight from Portland. Prior to Benintendi’s injury, the 22-year-old was batting .324 (22-for-68) with eight extra-base hits.
 
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