McQuaid (upper body) missing from practice

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McQuaid (upper body) missing from practice

WILMINGTON, MA While Johnny Boychuk and Tuukka Rask made a return to the regular practice session with the Bruins, Bs defenseman Adam McQuaid remains out of the lineup.

McQuaid missed three games after getting blasted from behind on a Jason Chimera charging hit back on March 29, and then lasted slightly more than a period in his first game back against the Ottawa Senators. The Bruins were running under the medical diagnosis that McQuaid simply suffered a bad laceration over his left eye, and that the impact had left his eye swollen shut.

But it appears there is more than that going on. Now Claude Julien admits that McQuaids status is up in the air and that perhaps there is more going on than the original eye injury being disseminated.

The rugged defenseman said he wasnt feeling right at the time of his exit from the win over Ottawa, and hasnt been seen on the ice since. McQuaid has had a history of concussions and neck injuries over the last three years, but the team isnt using the C word to describe the injury.

Its the playoffs, of course, and all injury information is now under top secret lock and key.His situation is up in the air. It could be resolved soon or later, said Claude Julien. Were just being cautious and hes day-to-day. Cautious is the approach the team is taking.Is the team cautiously treating his injury like a concussion?

Chiarelli addressed it yesterday and we keep going back to the same guys. Its day-to-day. Its playoff time and its day-to-day, said Julien. Its an upper body injury. If you really want to ask the question then its an upper-body injury.

The Bruins obviously have plenty of depth along the defensemen corps with Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau in tow, so they have plenty of solutions if McQuaid needs a little time to get back to good health.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.