Wakeup call: Two-and-done for LeBron?; Moss impresses 49ers

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Wakeup call: Two-and-done for LeBron?; Moss impresses 49ers

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, August 13:

BASEBALL
CC Sabathia vows he's pitching on Aug. 24 -- the day he's eligible to come off the disabled list -- "for sure", even though his elbow hurts and right now he doesn't know when he'll be allowed to throw again. (AP)

Yes, that's former Patriot Jarrad Page playing with the San Jose Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
When, oh when, will they learn not to lie on their resumes? (AP)

GOLF
Another major disaster for Tiger. (AP)

But at least he kept his spot on the Ryder Cup team . . . as did everyone else. (AP)

HOCKEY
What's this? Optimism in the labor negotiations? Really? (AP)

OLYMPICS
It might two-and-done for LeBron James. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Best Olympics ever? Alan Abrahamson thinks so. (nbcolympics.com)

PRO FOOTBALL
Mike Florio wonders if Chad Johnson decided ("consciously or otherwise") to self-immolate his career rather than have it end "in the indignity of the Labor Day weekend roster purge". Good question, especially since -- as Mike points out -- his performance in the Dolphins' exhibition opener wasn't "much different than how he played with the Patriots last year . . . dropping the only pass thrown his way." (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

On the other hand, it's all good -- so far -- with Randy Moss. (Pro Football Talk)

Lee Evans, who, Bo Smolka points out "will always be remembered in Baltimore for the catch he didn't make," has been released by the Jaguars. (CSN Baltimore) We'll remember that, too, Bo.

Welcome back, Adrian Peterson. (AP)

Quick. Get your patent in for those "Peyton Who?" shirts in Indianapolis. (AP)

As expected, Red Sox send Swihart to Pawtucket

As expected, Red Sox send Swihart to Pawtucket

Blake Swihart wasn't going to win a job. Monday merely made that official.

Swihart was optioned out as the Red Sox made further cuts, sending a player who could still be the Red Sox catcher of the future -- well, one of them anyway -- to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he's expected to work on his receiving.

Swihart hit .325 in 40 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"Had a very strong camp and showed improvements defensively. Swung the bat very well," manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida.  "For the player that he is and the person that he is, you love him as a person. He's a hell of a talented player.

"He made some subtle adjustments with his setup [defensively]. That gave him a different look to pitchers on the mound. Pitchers talked positively about the look that they got from him behind the plate. I think it softened his hands somewhat to receive the ball better. And there were a number of occasions where he was able to get a pitchers' pitch called for a strike, so the presentation of the umpire was a little bit more subtle and consistent then maybe years' past."

Sandy Leon's hot hitting in 2016 earned him an automatic crack at the lead catching spot for this year. Combined with the fact that Christian Vazquez looks great defensively, went deep on Sunday and is out of options, Swihart was the obvious odd man out.

He had options, the others didn't.

Deven Marrero was also optioned to Pawtucket. Sam Travis -- who, like Swihart, could break camp with the 2018 team -- was reassigned to minor-league camp, as was catcher Dan Butler.

The Sox have 38 players left in camp, 32 from the 40-man roster.

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg likely headed to disabled list

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg likely headed to disabled list

Righty Tyler Thornburg seems a guarantee to join David Price on the disabled list to start the season.

Thornburg, the biggest acquisition Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made for the bullpen this winter, was scratched Monday because of a spasm in his upper right trapezius — not a great sign for a pitcher who already had throwing shoulder issues this spring.

Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida the spasm was “not shoulder related.”  But the trap, a large muscle along the neck and back, does extend to the shoulder blade.

Dombrowski told reporters it is most likely that Thornburg starts the year on the disabled list. More is expected to be known Tuesday, possibly after an MRI.

Robby Scott could be a replacement for Thornburg. If so, the Sox would likely have three lefties in the bullpen, along with Fernando Abad and Robbie Ross Jr.

"Possibly. Possibly," Dombrowski said of Scott. “We still have to make those decisions. But possibly.”

Dombrowski didn’t indicate a desire to go outside the organization for now.

Thornburg had barely enough time to get ready for Opening Day prior to Monday’s setback. If he indeed starts the season on the DL, Joe Kelly would be the eighth-inning reliever for the Sox — a role Kelly was headed for anyway given Thornburg’s shaky spring.

Thornburg, 28, had a 2.15 ERA last season for the Brewers. The Sox picked him up at the winter meetings in a deal that sent Travis Shaw and prospects to the Milwaukee Brewers.