Morning sports update: ‘There was never any major issue with my shoulder’

The Sox starting pitcher expects to pick up right where he left off.

Chris Sale
Chris Sale's inflamed left shoulder has been the reason for his two stints on the DL. –Michael Dwyer / AP Photo

Rick Porcello allowed just one run on two hits in his five innings of work last night before adding a single of his own, resulting in three runs for the Sox. Boston came up with a 5-1 victory over the Braves, earning them the series win at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. The Sox look to sweep the Braves with another win this afternoon with Hector Velazquez on the mound.

Chris Sale is optimistic about the comeback from his shoulder injury:

The left-handed pitcher has been on the disabled list for just over two weeks now, and the Sox are expecting him to make his comeback to the mound sooner than you may think.

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“This wasn’t something that happened on a single pitch or a mechanical issue or anything,” Sale said. “It’s just something that happens with starting pitchers. Shoulders elbows, backs, knees all those kind of things, athletes run into them. It wasn’t anything chronic that came from before or is going to last forever.”

The Sox starting pitcher insists that he will not let the injury change the way he does things on the mound. The inevitability of Sale’s return is enough to put any Red Sox fan at ease, but rumors of the lefty making his comeback during the team’s next homestand is the cherry on top. (NESN.com)

The NFL released a statement on Colin Kaepernick: 

In their statement, NFL executive Jocelyn Moore reiterated the league’s stated goal to “promote meaningful, positive change in our communities” following the reveal of Nike’s new advertising campaign featuring the former quarterback.

The statement comes in the midst of an outpouring of emotional reactions from fans and adversaries alike and an ongoing legal dispute over an alleged collusion grievance filed against the NFL by Kaepernick. (Boston.com)

NHL politely asks for no more Stanley Cup keg stands:

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In early June 2018, the Washington Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

That same week, team captain Alex Ovechkin conquered another great feat– the first ever keg stand out of the Cup.

While Ovi was certainly not the first person to do a keg stand in public, he was the first to do it out of the Stanley Cup, according to Philip Pritchard, who has been caretaker of the Cup for the past 30 years.

“We ask them politely not to do it,” Pritchard told the Washington Post. “We’re trying to preserve the history of the Stanley Cup. We don’t want any unnecessary damage to it or a person, in case they drop the person or he presses too hard or something.” (NESN.com)

Pats waive Amara Darboh with an injury designation:

Just two days after acquiring the wide receiver from the Seattle Seahawks, the Pats have waived Darboh due to recurring hip problems and a clavicle injury. NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo tweeted on Tuesday that Darboh underwent surgery for an unspecified injury. Darboh shared a photo on Twitter Tuesday night, leading fans to believe that the injured clavicle will keep him off the field for the entirety of the 2018 season.

Celtics are “good to go” for training camp:

Head coach Brad Stevens attended the annual ABCD Hoop Dreams charity event at TD Garden Tuesday evening and told reporters that the team is eager to get things started at training camp later this month.

“It’ll be a great opportunity to start afresh with a brand new team, though we do have a lot of guys back, and see if we can be the best version of ourselves,” he said.

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The Celtics are expecting a healthy return for a trio of previously injured players– Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis– and most of their 2017 roster is set to return. (Boston.com)

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