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Miller won't have restrictions on pitching going forth

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Miller won't have restrictions on pitching going forth

BOSTON Left-hander Andrew Miller will continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. But going forward, he will be used as any other pitcher.

Andrew Miller is off of the designated pitcher of the day and hes a member of the team. Were going to use him as needed. Up until today he had always had a scheduled performance day and we would dictate what it was 15 pitches today, 30 pitches, start an inning, dont start an inning. Now were going to have Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler just use him as needed and see how he progresses.

Miller, though, has been inconsistent in his outings, struggling with command.Thursday against Syracuse, he allowed four walks and a hit with three strikeouts in 1 13 innings. In one-third of an inning April 15 against Buffalo he gave up four runs on a hit and three walks with a strikeout.

It is concerning and I think itll all work out, Valentine said.

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.

But there is good news:

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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