Major League Baseball has been doing it for years: using it's lower level affiliates to get players ready before coming back to the big club. It eases the transition from injury to live major league level baseball.
Now, it seems like the Boston Celtics are possibly entertaining a similar idea with Rajon Rondo. Brad Stevens told the media that Rondo playing a few games in Portland is "a possibility for sure." It's been said numerous times in the media that the issue with Rondo is not his knee but his stamina. The Maine Red Claws could be the perfect testing ground.
The one pitfall to this experiment is the fact that Rondo will be playing with less experienced players who could end up hurting Rondo. Baseball is not really a game where a player needs to worry about the ability of teammates. It's an individual game in a lot of ways. The only concern would be a wild pitcher doing something harmful with an errant pitch.
Rondo will have the final decision about heading up to Portland for a few rehab games. While it is somewhat risky, it is also a creative way of using what is around to help Rondo get back to full strength as fast as possible. It would also prove that both the Celtics and Rondo are eager to improve the team and make a playoff push.
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