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Beckett: I'm fine; thumb problem was overblown

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Beckett: I'm fine; thumb problem was overblown

DETROIT -- Josh Beckett proclaimed himself ready to make his scheduled start Saturday and insisted that the thumb problems which sent to him two specialists this week were overblown by the media.
"It's something I've been dealing with for 18 months,'' said Beckett. "I think everything's good. There was some concern that it might have something to do with my ligament, like Andrew Bailey's deal, and it wasn't.
"I really have no idea how this got blown out like this. I was dumbfounded. The text messages and the e-mails I was getting from guys, I was thinking, "Jeez, what's going on?' ''
Beckett described the problem as a "bunch of a little bones and stuff in there that have some things going on.''
Beckett has peace of mind that the thumb is fine following the two consultations.
"I think things are a lot better now,'' said Beckett. "I had some issues the last few weeks of spring training and we've been getting through them and I just didn't think it was something we should just 'get through' for six months.
"I had a guy in San Antonio who I've had some luck with in the past with this injury and I went to see him to clarify some things and I went to Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland because that's what they wanted me to do.''
Beckett revealed that he had received two cortisone shots for the thumb -- one over the winter and another during spring training.
"It didn't respond as well to the most recent one,'' said Beckett. "I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some more damage in there.''
He acknowledged that it might be necessary to get additional injections over the course of the season.
"I think it's something we're definitely going to have to monitor, yeah,'' said Beckett, who also acknowledged that "maybe'' surgery could be an option in the offseason.
Asked about his objectives for going into the season, Beckett repeatedly fell back on one of his favorite phrases: "Gotta execute pitches, plain and simple.''
When Beckett was asked about his role as staff leader in the aftermath of his poor final month, the team's collapse and his role in the clubhouse scandal last season, he said: "I think the way you do that is you go out and execute pitches and get outs. People tend to flock to people who are successful.''

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

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

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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. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE