BOSTON The Boston Celtics have no timetable on when Jermaine O'Neal will return to the lineup this season or at all for that matter.
O'Neal has a wrist injury that will eventually require surgery that would most likely end his season. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers said O'Neal will consult with additional doctors, and let them know what course of action he'll take.
In addition to surgery, O'Neal is also considering having a cortisone shot which would keep him out for about two weeks.
"He's thinking through his options," Rivers said. "We're just going to wait and see what he decides."
Without O'Neal, the C's have gone with a smaller lineup that includes 6-foot-8 Brandon Bass at power forward and Kevin Garnett, the team's usual power forward, sliding over to play center.
The lineup has worked well thus far, but tonight's game will be Garnett's first major challenge defensively.
New Jersey center Brook Lopez has been out most of the season with a broken foot, but has returned to action for the Net's last three games.
He's coming off a 38-point performance in New Jersey's 93-92 upset win at Dallas.
Eduardo Rodriguez makes his 2016 Red Sox debut tonight, and he'll have a different center fielder as he does so.
Jackie Bradley Jr. on paternity leave and Chris Young is taking his place in center. The rest of the lineup, however, remains intact as the Sox face the Orioles in their second game of their four-game series in Baltimore.
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young CF
Blake Swihart LF
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez P
Adam Jones CF
Nolan Reimold LF
Manny Machado SS
Chris Davis 1B
Mark Trumbo DH
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Joey Rickard RF
Paul Janish 3B
Kevin Gausman P
BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox will be without center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for the next few days, as he is placed on the paternity-leave list to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
Rusney Castillo, who was sent to Pawtucket in the second week of the season, has been recalled to take his roster spot. Castillo has a slash line of .241/.302/.317 with the PawSox, with 1 home run and 13 RBI in 37 games.
Bradley is in the midst of a breakout season with the Red Sox, hitting .331/.409/.601 in 50 games with 9 homers and 37 RBI.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while blaming both the zoo and the parents in Cincinnati. Is it okay to do that, or does everything in life have to be all or nothing?
-- Dan Rosen says Sidney Crosby has a twinkle in his eye as he returns for, and wins, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
-- Tim Panaccio has a few thoughts on the sad passing of Philadelphia Flyers legend Rick MacLeish at the age of 66.
-- It looks like Ken Hitchcock will be back once again as head coach of the St. Louis Blues despite their fall in the Western Conference Finals.
-- NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gives a number of scenarios for potential expansion, including waiting another year before doing anything.
-- A good Players Tribune piece on hockey dad Matt Cullen preparing with the family for the Stanley Cup Finals with the Penguins.
-- Jacques Martin, currently serving as a member of Mike Sullivan's Pittsburgh coaching staff, is appreciating his first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
-- Joel Ward wants to see the NHL retire Willie O’Ree’s No. 22, similar to Jackie Robinson's No. 42 permanently retired by all Major League Baseball teams.
-- Ken Campbell says that the San Jose Sharks won’t be in a panic after dropping Game 1 to the Penguins.
-- So Ulf Samuelsson will be a head coach in the AHL next season for the Charlotte Checkers. Teams might want to stock up on the foil
-- This goal call by Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi for Nick Bonino’s game-winner in Game 1 is pretty damned awesome.
-- For something completely different: Bernie Sanders attending the Warriors/Thunder Game 7 on Monday night, a week before the California primary, might qualify as a savvy political move, but it’s also pretty clear that he's a big basketball fan. Did you see footage of that textbook old-man jump shot while Sanders was waiting for primary results a few months ago? Ball don’t lie.