CSN Chicago: Byrd to Red Sox?


CSN Chicago: Byrd to Red Sox?

By Tony AndrackiCSN Chicago
With Jacoby Ellsbury's injury in Boston, there may be interest in Marlon Byrd, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Ellsbury, the 2011 AL MVP runner-up, suffered a dislocated shoulder on Friday when Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on it and could miss up to two months. The Red Sox are already without Carl Crawford, who is rebounding from wrist and elbow injuries.

That leaves Boston's outfield as Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald and Cody Ross.

Yeah, not exactly an outfield that a team with World Series hopes wants to trot out there every day.

Since Byrd has been available "for months," according to Wittenmyer, there could be a match there. Byrd has been linked to rumors with the Nationals and Braves potentially interested, but nothing has come about just yet.
The Cubs are looking to acquire some pitching help, which brings a potential idea up.

As Tom Loxas over at CubsDen brought up, the Red Sox have right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden in their system. Bowden graduated from Waubonsie Valley High School in 2005 and grew up in the Chicago suburbs. Back in high school, he was throwing low-to-mid 90s.

Bowden was recently designated for assignment by the Red Sox and has been in a state of flux his entire career with the organization. He has started, he has relieved, and he has closed. He boasts a career 3.19 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in seven minor-league seasons, yet has pitched just 59 innings in the majors and is already 25. The Red Sox just don't ever seem to have room for him.

But the Cubs could, at least in the bullpen to start.

Now, the Red Sox likely wouldn't want to give up somebody with Bowden's potential for just Byrd, but they could get desperate enough. You never know.

There are no reports of the Red Sox or Cubs talking yet and even when they do, Bowden's name may never come up. But this is something to keep an eye on in the coming days and weeks.

Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions. 

McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup


McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It was a bitter pill for Adam McQuaid to sit out the first five games of this season, but it looks like the veteran Bruins stay-at-home defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup. McQuaid was cleared to potentially play in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens after an upper body injury kept him shelved for the team’s first four games, and could be approaching a return in the next few days as Claude Julien mulls a number of possible lineup changes.

“It was obviously frustrating, but I’m where I’m at now and trying to move on from it. Looking forward to getting back into the lineup hopefully as soon as possible here,” said the 30-year-old McQuaid, who had a goal and nine points in 64 games for the Black and Gold last season. “The excitement level is high for me, and it is for everybody after a loss when you’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“It would have been nice to have started the season with the guys, but you can’t change that now. I’ve had some good practices, and I’m just trying to my game as simple as possible, and take it as it comes. Obviously guys have played some games and it’s been a couple of weeks for me, so I’ll just have to keep my game simple.”

The B’s bench boss indicated it was only a matter of time before McQuaid makes his 2016-17 regular season debut, but that he’s got plenty of things to decide prior to dropping the puck against the Wild.

“[McQuaid] was cleared last game. I haven’t made any decisions based for [Tuesday night vs. Minnesota]. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I’ve just go to juggle those things,” said Julien. “Who knows? Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ve got a better picture [of injury situation], and if not then it will be game-time decisions. I wish I could have a better answer [on if McQuaid will play], but I’ve got no answers right now.”

With Colin Miller (minus-4), Joe Morrow, Torey Krug (a rough minus-3 against Montreal) and John-Michael Liles all minus players after the first five games of the season, there are ample options for Julien on which potential blueliner to bump up to the press box. McQuaid is just happy he’s getting closer to a return while skating with 23-year-old Rob O’Gara at practice, and he can get back to helping a B’s team that’s smack dab in the middle (ranked 15th allowing 3.0 goals per game) of the NHL for team defense this season.