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."

Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.