Chung speaks: 'I feel good'


Chung speaks: 'I feel good'

FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung didn't say much while addressing the media in front of his locker after Thursday's practice at Gillette Stadium. But perhaps the mere fact that he agreed to speak with reporters was as positive a sign as any that he may be available for Saturday's game against the Miami Dolphins.

Chung (foot) returned to practice this week, and was listed as having "limited participation" on the Patriots' injury report on Wednesday. He hasn't played since Nov. 6 -- a Week 9 loss to the New York Giants -- and the Patriots have won their last six games, each of which Chung has missed.

He also hasn't spoken to the media in recent attempts.

"It feels awesome for me," said Chung. "I mean, I wasn't a part of it, but we win as a team, not individuals here."

Chung said, on Thursday, that he's been day-to-day since being out, and that he never had any thoughts about the injury being season-ending.

"Sometimes it feels good, sometimes it doesn't," said Chung.

When asked if his willingness to speak with reporters meant he'd be available for Saturday's game, Chung smiled and responded, "You can think what you want of that. But I feel good and I'm working hard."

Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell


Kimbrel ninth-inning meltdown doesn’t alarm Farrell

NEW YORK -- John Farrell isn't necessarily alarmed by Craig Kimbrel's poor outing Wednesday night, viewing it as an aberration. But just the same, he'd like to get his closer into a game on the final weekend to flush the bad taste of Wednesday's ninth.

Until the clincher, Kimbrel had allowed just two hits in the previous 23 at-bats (.087) since Sept. 4. And since being re-instated from the DL on Aug. 1, Kimbrel was 13-for-13 in save opportunities with 32 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched and a .113 batting average against.

Kimbrel was brought into the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner before issuing three straight walks, the last of which forced in a run.

He threw 28 pitches and didn't record an out before being lifted in favor of Joe Kelly, who allowed Mark Teixeira's walk-off grand slam in a 5-3 Yankees victory.

"He was erratic, there's no doubt,” said Farrell. "The command was not there. The power was there, obviously, but the command was not. It turned into a situation where he gets to [almost] 30 pitches. Could we have let him go further, or could the decision have been made to leave him in the game? Sure

"But [Wednesday] night was more of an aberration. Certainly, since he's come off the DL, he's been stingy in those situations. That was a one-time outing last night [given the unusual circumstances].”

Farrell said it's "important” to get all of the Red Sox relievers into games before the season ends Sunday.

"How often, how high stress...the games will dictate that,'' Farrell said. "But yeah, it will be important to Craig back on the mound before we end, regardless of whether it's a save situation.”