Bailey, Ohlendorf to make spring debuts today


Bailey, Ohlendorf to make spring debuts today

FORT MYERS, Fla. Right-handers Andrew Bailey and Ross Ohlendorf are set to make their Grapefruit League debuts with the Red Sox Monday afternoon against the Marlins.

Starter Josh Beckett is schedule to pitch four innings, followed by Mark Melancon (one inning), Bailey (one), Ohlendorf (two), Scott Atchison (one or two) and Jesse Carlson (one).

Bailey was slowed by a lat strain suffered during the vertical leap portion of his physical early in camp.
"Hoping for a healthy start and finish," manager Bobby Valentine said of what hes hoping for Baileys outing today. "This is the first time in this uniform, first time on the mound, first time with new group, first time out after rehab. He can go 15-20 (pitches) and be just as good tomorrow as he is today healthy-wise."

Ohlendorf has been brought along slowing in camp, his first with the Red Sox, because of previous shoulder issues and a sore back early in camp.

His health situation has been a concern all spring, Valentine said. Like with Aaron Cook, who made his first appearance Sunday. If we can get him in and out feeling good then we can start evaluating his performance."

Carlson will be making his third appearance today. In two total innings, the left-hander, who had rotator cuff surgery last season, has allowed one run on a hit and a walk with a strikeout.

"Jesse has been a little bit on and off, Valentine said. Trying to evaluate whether he's fully back health-wise."

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.


Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games


BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be.