Beckett: I'm fine; thumb problem was overblown

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Beckett: I'm fine; thumb problem was overblown

DETROIT -- Josh Beckett proclaimed himself ready to make his scheduled start Saturday and insisted that the thumb problems which sent to him two specialists this week were overblown by the media.
"It's something I've been dealing with for 18 months,'' said Beckett. "I think everything's good. There was some concern that it might have something to do with my ligament, like Andrew Bailey's deal, and it wasn't.
"I really have no idea how this got blown out like this. I was dumbfounded. The text messages and the e-mails I was getting from guys, I was thinking, "Jeez, what's going on?' ''
Beckett described the problem as a "bunch of a little bones and stuff in there that have some things going on.''
Beckett has peace of mind that the thumb is fine following the two consultations.
"I think things are a lot better now,'' said Beckett. "I had some issues the last few weeks of spring training and we've been getting through them and I just didn't think it was something we should just 'get through' for six months.
"I had a guy in San Antonio who I've had some luck with in the past with this injury and I went to see him to clarify some things and I went to Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland because that's what they wanted me to do.''
Beckett revealed that he had received two cortisone shots for the thumb -- one over the winter and another during spring training.
"It didn't respond as well to the most recent one,'' said Beckett. "I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some more damage in there.''
He acknowledged that it might be necessary to get additional injections over the course of the season.
"I think it's something we're definitely going to have to monitor, yeah,'' said Beckett, who also acknowledged that "maybe'' surgery could be an option in the offseason.
Asked about his objectives for going into the season, Beckett repeatedly fell back on one of his favorite phrases: "Gotta execute pitches, plain and simple.''
When Beckett was asked about his role as staff leader in the aftermath of his poor final month, the team's collapse and his role in the clubhouse scandal last season, he said: "I think the way you do that is you go out and execute pitches and get outs. People tend to flock to people who are successful.''

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.