No return date set for Red Sox star

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No return date set for Red Sox star

From Comcast SportsNet Wednesday, August 17, 2011
BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will out indefinitely because of bursitis in his right heel that has forced his foot into a walking boot. Ortiz, batting .300 with 24 home runs and 79 RBIs, was a late scratch from the opener Boston's day-night double-header with Tampa Bay Tuesday with what was first called an illness. Later, it was announced he had bursitis and manager Terry Francona said after the second game his No. 5 hitter needs rest. "He got an MRI and it showed the bursitis in his heel," Francona said. "We're going to get him out of his spikes for a couple of days, get him in a little bit of a walking boot, just to kind of alleviate some of the pressure." As far as how long Ortiz will be out, Francona said, "We'll keep re-evaluating him, I'm sure, every couple of days, but we want to get him off that for a little while. "It's not going to be a DL but we're going to have to keep him out there for a little bit and we don't know what that (length of time) is." The Red Sox also played the double-header, which they split, without shortstop Marco Scutaro, out with back stiffness.

Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

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Farrell on WEEI: Have not apologized to Eckersley

Red Sox manager John Farrell said today on WEEI's Dale and Holley Show that he has not apologized to Dennis Eckersley for the recent incident on a team flight in which David Price ripped into the Hall of Fame pitcher -- to the applause of some teammates -- for being too critical in his role as a team broadcaster.

“Yeah, that’s a no,” Farrell responded when asked specifically if he had apologized to Eck.

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According to Brooks Sutherland's story on WEEI.com, Farrell said he has spoken to Eckersley since the incident and has a "positive in a professional way" relationship with Eck.

Sutherland quoted Farrell as saying: “I’ve had interactions with Eck, yes. I have, yeah. Whether it’s been at the hotel, or whether it’s been at the ballpark, there’s been interactions there, yes . . . At the time when we did meet, which was down in Texas, as I mentioned, and then again in the ballpark there. I’m aware that people reached out to him the morning after the incident when we were headed in to Toronto. So, knowing that that was in place, you know, I followed with my conversations with Eck as I’ve always done. They’ve been cordial, there’s been professional respect on both side and I think my relationship with him is positive in a professional way.”

Farrell said he heard Price yelling at Price on the plane.

“You know at the time when it did happen,you heard some loud talk,” he said. “but I can’t say that that’s . . . you know there’s banter that goes back-and-forth that’s relatively calm, and I would say this was a different situation. I can’t say that the banter is in this nature. After it did take place, I know Eck came up to the front of the plane to talk to Dave Dombrowski and myself. Obviously outlined what took place and that’s why we met with David the next day in Toronto."

Tanguay: The games aren't the thing anymore

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Tanguay: The games aren't the thing anymore

What about the games?

You know. The games that are played between the lines. The controversial calls, the second-guessing of strategy, the why-the-hell-did-he-shoot-that?

This all came to me today. The games have become secondary. The main theme of what we do is drama. 

Yep, we have done it. David Price being a complete asshat. Does Belichick really love Jimmy Garoppolo more? (Bill does have a history of trading for a younger model.) Should the Celtics do whatever it takes to trade for Kyrie Irving?

We have become a soap industry. It’s all about the gossip, the in-fighting, the free agent offseason. 

And you know what?

I LOVE IT!

Do you?