Wilcox: 'I want to finish what Ive started here'

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Wilcox: 'I want to finish what Ive started here'

BOSTON -- Chris Wilcox was grilling during an off day in March when he received a phone call.
One of the Boston Celtics medical staff was on the line asking if he wanted to come in for a check up.
Figuring he would get his bi-annual physical out of the way, he drove in for what he thought would be a routine visit.
I just went and that was it for me, Wilcox recalled to CSNNE.com outside the Celtics locker room on Thursday following their win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tests revealed an enlarged aorta that would require season-ending surgery. After just 28 games (5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds), the 29-year-old power forwards first stint with the Celtics was over.
Wilcox underwent the procedure on March 29 at the Cleveland Clinic, the same location where teammate Jeff Green also had season-ending heart surgery in January.
I remember going in at 6:00 in the morning, he said. That was it.
With hardly any memories from the operation, Wilcox is looking ahead to his future.
His physical activity has been limited to walking and occasionally riding an exercise bike. Wilcox expects to be cleared for more activity in two weeks -- though he proudly notes he is ahead of schedule -- and can begin training three months after the surgery.
For now, he literally has to take a backseat to the recovery process. Wilcox is not allowed to drive yet.
Im just trying to get back, said Wilcox, who has lost 20 pounds since the surgery. I havent been doing too much, rehabbing for the last two weeks, trying to get to back to where I can run. Right now theyve just got me riding the bike, walking, and stuff like that. They told me Im ahead of schedule so Ive been trying to walk and do stuff like that to get my wind back up.
The Celtics waived Wilcox in March, clearing a roster space to add big man Ryan Hollins. Even though he is no longer officially on the team, Wilcox flew from his home in North Carolina to attend the Celtics regular season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks. He plans to join the team during the playoffs in Atlanta against the Hawks, and hopes to be with them again next season.
I want to finish what Ive started here, he said. I thought this was a great opportunity for me and things were working out well, and I went to the doctor to get a check up and things just changed.

Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

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Farrell: Sandoval could possibly return to Red Sox for postseason

Thought to be lost for the season after shoulder surgery this past spring, Pablo Sandoval could possibly return to the Red Sox for the postseason, Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday.

Sandoval joined the team in St. Petersburg, where the Red Sox are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. Farrell said Sandoval had played in instructional league games in Florida and was "well ahead of schedule."

He could be an option to be activated if another player is injured. 

“One of the things I put in my mind that I have to work,” Sandoval told Boston Herald. “I learned a lot of things about this surgery so I had to work hard to be on the field as soon as possible.

“There are a lot of things I’ve been doing, working out, doing things so I can get better and better everyday.”

Sandoval, 30, is in the second year of a five-year, $95 contract. He lost his starting third base job to Travis Shaw in spring training and in April an MRI revealed he needed surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder, which was to have ended his season.

He appeared in only three games this season and hit .245 with 10 homers and 47 RBI in 126 games in 2015. 

Saturday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Porcello goes for 22nd, Holt at 3B

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Saturday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Porcello goes for 22nd, Holt at 3B

Closing in on the A.L. East title, the Red Sox look to make it 10 wins in a row tonight when they play the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

Right hander Rick Porcello (21-4, 3.08 ERA) goes for his 22nd win for the Red Sox, opposed by Rays right-hander Matt Andriese (8-7, 4.41). Porcello is coming off a complete game victory in Baltimore.

The Red Sox began the day with a magic number of four to clinch the A.L. East with eight games to play. They could clinch a wild-card spot tonight with a victory and a Baltimore Orioles loss. 

Brock Holt starts at third base and Chris Young is in left field for Boston.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Brock Holt 3B
Chris Young LF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
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Rick Porcello RHP 

RAYS
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller 1B
Corey Dickerson LF
Nick Franklin DH
Mikey Mahtook RF
Alexi Ramirez SS
Curt Casali C
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Matt Andriese RHP