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Morning Jolt: Welker admits he's not the same

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Wednesday, November 10

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Wes Welker admits he's not the same

Wes Welker's production is down, significantly. Welker can't shake that awful feeling of dread when he makes a hard plant like the one that ripped out his ACL and MCL in Houston. There's just that tiny fear of his knee caving in again. It's a natural aftershock of the injury. "Yeah, it's getting to the point of just trusting my knee and knowing that it's going to be fine," Welker said. "Not that there's doubt, but subconsciously (when you're out there), you think there might be doubt. So for me, it's getting past that and getting that muscle memory back." (Boston Herald)Comment

Posada informed of new role

Brian Cashman has reportedly informed Jorge Posada that his primary role with be as a Yankees DH in 2011. Cashman met with Posada in Manhattan this week to tell the veteran to, as usual, prepare to catch, but the team's first option is to have youngsters Jesus Montero, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine compete in spring training for the two primary jobs. It is quite a risk to team an expensive, mostly veteran staff with such inexperienced catchers. But it is indicative of how much the Yankees believe Posada's defensive game has slipped in all areas. (New Post)Comment

Portland worried about Roy's knees

After a dismantling of Detroit, the Trail Blazers had a setback at the Rose Garden, where Brandon Roy could be found in the training room. The news, Blazers fans, is not good. Roy is experiencing swelling and discomfort on his left knee. This is the knee that was operated on in August 2008, not the right knee that was operated on last April. Roy is concerned about what is going on inside the knee, which he says has been drained of fluid twice this season. His concern is strong enough that he wants a second opinion. (The Oregonian)Comment

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