Bailey: 'I'm ready to roll'

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Bailey: 'I'm ready to roll'

FORT MYERS, Fla. Andrew Bailey followed starter Clay Buchholz to the mound in Wednesdays Triple-A game against a Rays squad.

Bailey went 1 23 innings, facing seven batters, giving up one run on two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He threw 26 pitches, 21 for strikes.

Pitching coach Bob McClure was pleased with Baileys outing.

Once he got the ball down he was fine, McClure said. Im starting to see the ball jump out of his hand better too. Were starting to see it on all of them but we go slow with the back of the bullpen. You always go slow with them and then you increase it as you get close.

It felt good, Bailey said. Trying to work on commanding the fastball. Getting to that point in camp where you try and place yourself in the situation youre going to be in during the season. So its nice to get out there and have that one-plus where you sit down and get back up. Thats kind of why came in today and threw today, was to be able to do that. And I have a couple more before Opening Day.

It was the first time this spring Bailey had pitched more than one inning.

Thats something for me that Ive done a lot in my career but that first ones always a little tougher to bounce back from, Bailey said. So it was good that it was, even if it was in a minor league game, it was still nice to get it done and get it out there. Sometimes thats tougher than a back to back for me.

Bailey, who was delayed at the start of spring training because of a strained lat suffered while doing the vertical leap in his physical, believes hes gotten in sufficient work to be ready for the start of the season. This was his seventh outing, spanning 7 23 innings. He got in his only back-to-back appearances so far on Saturday and Sunday.

Ill probably go two out of three days and then probably have the two days off, in Washington, D.C. and the off day Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, he said. And then be ready for Opening Day. So well probably do a game, off, game, and then the two days off and then Opening Day.

Im ready to roll. Looking forward to it.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

Bradley still hurting, will miss Celtics game vs. Trail Blazers

WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
 
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
 
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
 
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
 
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
 
This season, all-NBA first team defender is  the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
 
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.