The Baseball Show crew puts together a shopping list of what the Red Sox need to do in the offseason to return to respectability.
For Dan Shaughnessy, it starts with adding more pitching. One option that appeals to Shaughnessy is Cliff Lee.
Sean McAdam agrees with the need for pitching, but notes that it needs to be done smartly. He warns the Red Sox should steer clear of players like Lee who will immediately eat up a large chunk of the money the Sox just saved in the Adrian Gonzalez trade. Moves like this would be similar to the large veteran contracts the Sox just shipped out.
Lou Merloni believes a lot of the improvement in the offseason can come from within. If Jon Lester and Clay Buccholz stay healthy, and John Lackey can return to the form he had with the Angels, the Red Sox could see a significantly improved starting rotation.
There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through, which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.
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