Green's injury brings back memories for Daniels


Green's injury brings back memories for Daniels

BOSTON -- The scene was all too familiar to Marquis Daniels.

Jeff Green lay at the same end of the court near the same basket where Daniels fell motionless two seasons ago.

On Friday, Green suffered a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth after taking an elbow to the
face from Ersan Ilyasova during a fight for a loose ball. The swingman stayed down on the
parquet as medical staff attended to him, while the Boston Celtics looked on in concern and
Daniels sat anxiously on the Milwaukee Bucks bench worried about his former teammate.

"I just saw him laying down there," Daniels told "I knew it had to be bad. Jeff's a pretty tough guy. I just hope he can recover from it soon."

Rewind to February of 2011. Daniels was attacking the basket against the Orlando Magic when he collided with Gilbert Arenas and crashed on to the floor in temporary paralysis. Just as they did with Green, the Celtics medical staff rushed to Daniels' attention and teammates watched hoping he would be ok. Daniels was wheeled off the court in a stretcher, the future of his career unknown. Further tests revealed he suffered from spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal, and required surgery.

After his own injury, Daniels did a made a quick assessment of Green from across the court.

"I just wanted to see he was moving first," Daniels said. "He was moving, but you could tell he was in obvious pain. I was just glad he was moving and still had feeling, because you never know. This game is a lot more physical than what people think it is."

Daniels got to know Green last season when Daniels re-signed with the Celtics. The two only
shared the court for a short time, though, before Green underwent season-ending heart surgery in January. After Green's hard-fought recovery, Daniels grew concerned over the injury given the amount of time Green stayed down. The Celtics swingman was diagnosed with a bruised left cheek and chipped teeth. He is listed as day-to-day.

"Anytime I see a player down like that, that's not good," said Daniels. "I don't like to see that
regardless if you're on my team or not. I sent a prayer out for him."

Nearly two years after Daniels' injury, he thought only about his former teammate and not his own scare on Friday night. He refuses to be held back by what happened on the parquet in 2011.

"I don't even think about it," he said. "I don't even look at the videos. I try not to think about it because that was probably close to the worst thing that can happen out there, not being able to move. I'm just glad Jeff was able to move and he'll be ok."

Expect Red Sox call-ups to come in two waves when rosters expand

Expect Red Sox call-ups to come in two waves when rosters expand

BOSTON - On Thursday, rosters will expand for major league teams, enabling them to add as many as 15 more players -- if they so choose.

The Sox, of course, won't be adding nearly that many. In fact, they'll probably only promote three or so players by Sept. 1, with additional players added after minor league seasons end on Labor Day.

The Sox call-ups will come in two waves. A look at who might be called up and when.

FOR FRIDAY: (the Red Sox are off Thursday)

* catcher Ryan Hanigan

* reliever Joe Kelly

* outfielder Bryce Brentz.

Hanigan is finishing up a rehab assignment and will provide the Sox with a third catcher, enabling John Farrell to either pinch-hit or pinch-run for one of his two catchers (Bryan Holaday and Sandy Leon) without worrying that he's putting himself in a potential bind.

Kelly would give the Red Sox another swing-and-miss bullpen option, though he's yet to establish himself as big league reliever.

Meanwhile Brentz would give the Sox another outfield option with the injury to Andrew Benintendi and further free up Brock Holt for infield duties.

FOR TUESDAY: (Day after International League season ends):

* reliever Heath Hembree

* infielder Deven Marrero

* reliever Noe Ramirez

Hembree has been effective in spurts and could offer some match-up options against righthanded hitters.

Marrero was a September call-up last year and could be a late-inning defensive replacement for Travis Shaw at third, or spell Xander Bogaerts at short if the Sox want to rest Bogaerts in one-sided games.

In the bullpen, Ramirez would serve as a long man in games in which a starter is knocked out early.


Davis Mega Maze unveils corn maze tribute to David Ortiz


Davis Mega Maze unveils corn maze tribute to David Ortiz

STERLING, Mass. -- Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.

A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.

Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: "I love corn."

The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz's trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It's accompanied by the phrase "Thanks Big Papi."

The maze opens to the public on Saturday.

Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured.

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.