Pietrus: injury 'could have been worse'

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Pietrus: injury 'could have been worse'

PHILADELPHIA When Mickael Pietrus went down in the second quarter of Boston's 98-86 loss at Philadelphia on Friday, the 6-foot-6 swingman was concerned.

Laying on the court after an awkward landing, the 6-foot-6 swingman didn't know what to think.

Family. Friends. Teammates. His career.

A wave of cascading emotions and concerns and fears all came crashing down upon his thoughts.

Now on his way back to Boston, Pietrus feels fortunate knowing he will eventually resume his playing career sooner rather than later.

"We have been playing good basketball and to end the trip like that was sad," Pietrus told CSNNE.com.

He added, it "could have been worse."

Seeing him lay motionless on the court brought back memories of Marquis Daniels from a year ago when he suffered a season-ending injury that many believed would finish off his career.

Daniels had surgery which eventually allowed him to resume his career. And in the offseason, Daniels re-signed with the Celtics.

No one understands better what Pietrus was feeling on the Wachovia Center court better than Daniels.

Daniels recalls his thoughts immediately turning towards his family, which not surprisingly, was among Pietrus' early concerns as well.
Upon returning to Boston, he will be reevaluated by the Celtics medical staff.

Depending on how those tests go, Pietrus could be back on the floor as early as Sunday's game against Washington.

Pietrus is eager to get back on the floor, naturally.

But he has no plans to come back too soon.

Just knowing that the NBA is still a part of his life after a "scary" fall for those who witnessed it - and for the man who actually experienced it - is in itself a victory.

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.