Update: Horford changes tune, will play in Round 1


Update: Horford changes tune, will play in Round 1

Remember all that "Al Horford isn't going to play" talk?

Yeah, well not so fast.

Less than 12 hours after telling Yahoo! Sports that he didn't think he was going to return at all this season, he tells them that not only does he think he'll play, but he'll play about 15 minutes a game in the first round.

Horford met with team doctors who told him not to be fearful of "pectoral weakness", which Horford said was the main reason behind his not playing going forward. He'll play limited minutes on Thursday to prepare for the postseason.

Take Horford's news with a grain of salt though. As we found out today, he's not high on his own health, and there's a chance a conversation with his coach, Larry Drew, went like this:

Drew: Al, what the hell are you doing telling everybody you're not going to play?Horford: Coach, uhh.Drew: Even if you aren't playing, don't say anything. Now go tell them you're playing.Horford: Yes, Coach.

And more minutes for Horford means less for another player like Josh Smith or Zaza Pachulia. Tack on the fact Horford has no on-court chemistry with the team this season, and it might not be such a bad thing.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'


Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot