Beckett, Gonzalez comment on Red Sox departure


Beckett, Gonzalez comment on Red Sox departure

Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto fielded questions inside their new home stadium moments after their first game together as members of the Dodgers. Though Los Angeles beat the Marlins, 8-2, the players spoke about their time back in Boston.

Less than 24 hours earlier, the players were still officially members of the Red Sox. Then, on Saturday morning, the blockbuster 9-player deal with the Dodgers was made official.

"I had an awesome time in Boston. I had some tough times. There are some great people there," Beckett said, via "For me, I think it was time to move on and start this new chapter."

When pressed to go into more detail on why it was the right time to move on, Beckett wouldn't.

"I don't know," he said. "I think it was time for both sides. I don't really have a reason."

Beckett did admit that all the players involved in the trade could have done a better job while with the Red Sox.

"We were very talented. We should've played better," Beckett said. "That's what I told Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. I don't think he wants to trade away everybody. I just think we made it impossible for him not to do that by not playing well and I'm as big a part of that as anybody. I know that that's not what they wanted to do. They wanted Adrian to stay and they wanted me to stay. They wanted Nick to stay and they wanted Carl Crawford to stay. But we just didn't do our jobs."

Gonzalez said that since last September, the Red Sox just couldn't put everything together at the same time.

"It was working pretty well until last September and then, when the hitters hit, we gave up runs; and when the pitchers pitched, we didn't hit," he said. "I don't know. It kind of went on from there. We made a lot of errors. We've said it all along, the players have, we just didn't play good baseball.

"Then all these other things came out. They were zero reason why we lost. But then this year we just couldn't put it together."

According to reports, a text message had been sent from Gonzalez's phone last month that precipitated a meeting with team ownership during which players reportedly tried to have manager Bobby Valentine fired. Gonzalez didn't explicitly mention those reports, but he did express disappointment with how things played out while he was with the Red Sox.

"Last year everybody was telling me about taking more of a leadership role at the end of the year," Gonzalez said. "This year I tried to be a little more outspoken. But whenever you say certain things or do certain things, they can fire back the wrong way.

"Everything I ever did was for the sake of winning and I think everybody in the clubhouse knows that. The way things were spun is unfortunate, but I guess, looking back, there are a couple things; well, one thing, that I shouldn't have done."

David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure


David Backes out at least 2 more games (and likely longer) after elbow procedure

The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.

It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.

Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.

The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.