Chris Snow reports that Dave Wallace’s hip infection became so serious last week that he nearly died, had to have a hip replacement yesterday, and will now likely miss the season or perhaps never come back to the team. Jeff Horrigan looks at John Henry and Larry Lucchino arriving at camp and immediately going into their new “Belichickian” policy of being tight-lipped when it comes to news. Tony Massarotti has an article looking at the young arms in camp, and the promise they hold for the future. It’s been over 20 years since the Red Sox had a collection of promising young pitchers as they do now. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the Red Sox getting on the field as a team for their first full squad workout of the spring.
Snow first reported in the Globe Extra Bases blog yesterday that Manny Ramirez would not be participating in the World Baseball Classic, but instead would come to Red Sox camp next week and stay with the club throughout spring training. The information came from John Henry, who as Jeff Horrigan points out had promised to put an end to leaks of information. Steven Krasner reports that Manny now wants to stay with the Red Sox this season, instead of being traded. He uses Enrique Wilson as his source, who, as Massarotti points out, is one of Manny’s closest friends in baseball. David Heuschkel and David Borges have more from Wilson and others talking about Manny and his late arrival and whether he will play in the WBC.
Rob Bradford has a look at reliever Rudy Seanez, who, for the second straight offseason trained by participating in ultimate fighting, a regimen that led to the best season of his 14 year career last year. Snow’s notebook has more on Manny, as well as a number of other notes from around camp. Borges’ notebook has more on Enrique and Manny, and Krasner’s notebook looks at the Red Sox brass making their first appearance in camp.
Jerome Solomon reports on the Patriots declining to place a franchise tag on Adam Vinatieri, meaning that the kicker can become a free agent if he is not signed by next Friday. John Tomase goes to Romeo Crennel for comment on Vinatieri, and the former Patriots defensive coordinator and current Browns head coach says what you would expect. The Patriots will probably try to work out a long term deal with Vinatieri. Tom E Curran says that he sides have not been talking as of late. Michael Parente notes that the labor situation might’ve played a role in this decision, and he also looks at some of the Patriots other free agents.
Shira Springer looks at Danny Ainge and the Celtics standing pat at the trade deadline, choosing to go with their current roster for the reminder of the season as they attempt to make a playoff push. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics made their big deal when they traded Ricky Davis and others for Wally Szczerbiak. Tim Weisberg reports that the Celtics will hold the first of seven “road rallies” on Sunday night in New Bedford. Bulpett’s notebook looks at Gerald Green leaping onto the scene Wednesday night in Phoenix, but notes that the strong outing doesn’t guarantee future playing time for the youngster. He also reports that there is a chance Al Jefferson could play tonight in Portland.
Mike Loftus reports that despite the extended break for the Olympic games, the Bruins don’t find themselves much healthier as they begin to regroup for the final stretch of the season. Steve Conroy looks at Marco Strum as one of the Bruins who is not completely healed yet.
Ron Borges does what he does best; Boxing notes, and lots of them. The main focus is on Shane Mosley trying to recapture past glory.
Check out the New York Sports News page for more news on the Jets, Johnny Damon and the Yankees in spring training and the Knicks spinning their recent trades. The Bay Area Sports Pages have plenty of coverage of spring training for their local clubs.
David Scott weighs in with observations on Spring Training.
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