Pietrus: injury 'could have been worse'


Pietrus: injury 'could have been worse'

PHILADELPHIA When Mickael Pietrus went down in the second quarter of Boston's 98-86 loss at Philadelphia on Friday, the 6-foot-6 swingman was concerned.

Laying on the court after an awkward landing, the 6-foot-6 swingman didn't know what to think.

Family. Friends. Teammates. His career.

A wave of cascading emotions and concerns and fears all came crashing down upon his thoughts.

Now on his way back to Boston, Pietrus feels fortunate knowing he will eventually resume his playing career sooner rather than later.

"We have been playing good basketball and to end the trip like that was sad," Pietrus told CSNNE.com.

He added, it "could have been worse."

Seeing him lay motionless on the court brought back memories of Marquis Daniels from a year ago when he suffered a season-ending injury that many believed would finish off his career.

Daniels had surgery which eventually allowed him to resume his career. And in the offseason, Daniels re-signed with the Celtics.

No one understands better what Pietrus was feeling on the Wachovia Center court better than Daniels.

Daniels recalls his thoughts immediately turning towards his family, which not surprisingly, was among Pietrus' early concerns as well.
Upon returning to Boston, he will be reevaluated by the Celtics medical staff.

Depending on how those tests go, Pietrus could be back on the floor as early as Sunday's game against Washington.

Pietrus is eager to get back on the floor, naturally.

But he has no plans to come back too soon.

Just knowing that the NBA is still a part of his life after a "scary" fall for those who witnessed it - and for the man who actually experienced it - is in itself a victory.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.


Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.


Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.


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