Better things to do with Dice-K's millions

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Better things to do with Dice-K's millions

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Try not to be shocked, but Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (for you Pink Hats out there, were talking about Dice-K) is injured again but this time it might be serious.

Dice-K has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor. For those of you who never watched George Clooney in his prime on E.R. let us help you.

There is concern that he may need season ending Tommy John surgery if rehab fails which is music to many Red Sox fans ears seeing as how Dice-K switches back and forth and between completely average and really, really awful. Right now hes in Japan to meet with the countrys finest doctors and get a second opinion.

Dice-K did have that one 18-win season but overall the Sox have fallen well short of getting a good return on their 103 million dollar investment (including 51 million just to talk to him). This season hes making roughly 10 million.

If his season does end that will just be another 10 million down the tubes for Boston though even if he played it would not have been money well spent anyway. One has to wonder if the Red Sox are wondering if there are better ways they could be spending that money.Dont worry Red Sox, well help you out.

You could rebuild him and give Dice-K a bionic elbow, making him the first pitcher ever to throw over 200mph and give elbow drops to base runners. Steve Austin will have nothing on him!

If you guys do not want to spend a lot of money you could just have Dusty Rhodes train him to give bionic elbows.

You could spend that money and turn Dice-K into some kind of evil genius and make him literally earn his paycheck.

Do us a favor though and make sure his cat has hair. Those hairless cats are just creepy.

If you wanted to have a little fun, you could take the money you would have paid Dice-K and build a silly statue out of gold and diamonds outside Fenway!

Beautiful. Though it does look like something youd get from a Michael Jackson estate auction.

For the price of one Dice-K, you could build an army of Shawn Thorntons.

The Red Sox would win every game for the rest of the season without the Thorntons swinging a single bat. Just look at the death stare.

The best option for the Red Sox is probably to just skip a step and flush buckets of money down the toilet.

That is pretty much what you are doing anyone, right Theo? This is what happens when you go after a player just to beat out the Yankees.

Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

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Carson Smith 'had to take a step back' in recovery from Tommy John

Neither set-up man the Red Sox traded for under president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, Tyler Thornburg and Carson Smith, is throwing off a mound presently.

Smith, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, felt soreness after throwing a bullpen session and is back to doing long toss. 

"He’s had to slow down," Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. "Once he got on the mound with some aggression and good intensity, was throwing the ball well. And as a result there’s been some soreness that has kind of reared its head. So have had to back him off, back into long toss, he’s thrown out to about 110 feet here today. We’re hopeful that in the very near future that mound progression resumes.

"The unique thing about Tommy John recovery is that every situation is going to be different. In this case, we’ve had to take a step back a little bit and get back to flat ground."

Smith is in Boston as part of a previously scheduled meet-up with the team, Farrell said. When the season began, Smith was rehabbing in Florida. He was put on the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, a formality that opened up a 40-man roster spot for new acquisition Chase d'Arnaud.

Smith was put on the disabled list on April 3, so he can return June 2 at the earliest, but may now need more time.

Thornburg (right shoulder impingement) is building up his long-toss distance.

In other injury news, Brock Holt (vertigo) may begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday or Saturday, Farrell said.

Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots

Despite series lead, Celtics lament their inability to hit open shots

BOSTON – There are many factors you can point to in the regular season as indicators of what may happen when two NBA  teams meet in the playoffs.

You don't have to be inside the Chicago Bulls' locker room to know that when it comes to the Celtics, they were fully prepared to face a team that took a lot of 3's but wasn’t necessarily shooting them at a high percentage. 
 
That reality has certainly come into focus in Boston’s first-round series against the Chicago, one the C’s lead 3-2 as they continue to try and 3-point shoot their way on to the next round – without giving a damn how many long-range shots it takes to get the job done. 

In five playoff games, Boston is shooting 45.3 percent from the field, which puts them in the middle of the pack (eighth overall) among the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason.
 
But when it comes to the long ball, they are on the back-nine of playoff teams, ranking 10th while shooting 32.4 percent from 3-point range while leading all postseason clubs with 38.7 3-point attempts per game.

In the regular season, the Celtics ranked 16th in field-goal percentage (.454) and 14th in 3-point shooting (35.9 percent) while attempting 33.4 3's per game, which trailed only Houston (40.3) and Cleveland (33.9) this season.  

Boston's shooting from the field mirrors what it did in the regular season, but they know all too well that their shooting percentage in this series should be much higher due to the high number of open shots they have missed. 
 
Take a look at Game 5.
 
In the 108-97 win, the Celtics shot an impressive 53.1 percent when their shots were contested.
 
But let the Bulls have a defensive breakdown like a failed switch, or a guy gets beat for what turns into a great opportunity for Boston to score with no resistance, and instead of burying the open shot, the Celtics have  consistently blown those opportunities. That’s evident by the C’s connecting on just 30.8 percent (12-for-39) of their uncontested field-goal attempts in Game 5.
 
Even the usually reliable Isaiah Thomas had issues making uncontested shots in Game 5 and this series as a whole.
 
He had 24 points and shared game-high scoring honors with Avery Bradley on Wednesday night, but Thomas probably should have led everyone outright in scoring when you consider he had five open shots and wound up missing four of them.
 
That’s why when it comes to Boston’s offense, the last thing Thomas or any of his teammates complains about is getting the shots they want.
 
“I’ve been getting good open looks,” he said. “My teammates have been getting me open. We just got to knock down the shots. Coach [Stevens] keeps saying one day soon we’re going to knock down the open shots that we are missing and it might be [Game 6].”