Monday, May 28, 2012

Can Sox Dodge Another Major Injury?

Another Red Sox win of the Memorial Day matinee over the Tigers, paced by a strong start from the winner Felix Doubront ( now 5-2) and another Salty home run, has been overshadowed by Dustin Pedroia leaving the game with a right thumb injury.  After making a diving sliding play at second base, Pedroia left the game and later it was reported he had a "jammed" right thumb.  According to post game reports he may have originally hurt the thumb in an at bat earlier in the game.

In his post game press conference, Bobby Valentine referred to it at first as a "sprained" thumb. But when pressed on that indication, he admitted he had misspoke and did not know what condition the thumb was in, and testing had yet to be done.

Alex Speier was reporting tonight that Pedroia was scheduled for an MRI on Tuesday, because of Memorial Day being observed at all the major medical centers in Boston, he could not get one on Monday.  As someone who works at a major ( for Maine anyway) medical center, I can assure you that if Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox wanted an MRI done today, he sure as hell could have one.

Let us hope this will be a day to day proposition, and Dustin is back in the lineup maybe even before the Tigers leave town on Thursday. But, something just does not add up here so far, and with the bad luck the 2012 Red Sox have had with injuries all the way back to around New Years Day, with Carl Crawford, the nation has to be worried.

Keep your fingers and thumbs crossed, because with Ellsbury, Crawford, and possibly Ross still over a month from returning to the lineup, losing our unofficial captain would be a very tough blow to survive.
An outfield populated with the likes of Nava, Byrd, Podsednik, and our All Star first baseman does not need to be joined by 2B Nick Punto.

12 comments:

  1. I have to agree Deacon...something seems fishy here and I have a bad feeling about this injury. Can Youk or Middlebrooks play 2B? If Doug Mientkiwicz can do it so can Youk. Is a line up of AGon at 1B, Youk at 2B and Middlebrooks at 3B with Byrd in CF and Sweeney in RF better than the one with Gonzalez playing RF?

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  2. I would think if Pedroia has to miss extended time, that sliding Willie Middle over to 2B would be better than asking creaky Youk to go there. I can envision Willie being agile enough to turn DP's and get grounders up the middle; Youk not so much. Unbelievably bad luck with the injuries so far this year. Even if Pedroia can come back by the end of the week, you have to be concerned that he will lose some power with a thumb injury.

    The other option would be to re-call Pedro Ciriaco from AAA to play 2B. Although, I would bet anything that they would make Nick Freaking Punto the everyday second baseman before recalling Carumba! Ciriaco.

    Tough task to take on Verlander and the Tigers tonight. Bard is going to have to be better than he has been in quite a while to pull out a win and finally pull above .500.

    Go Sox!

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    1. I have been hesitant to suggest a Pedroia replacement for fear of jinxing the situation. Apparently Karl Ravech of ESPN ( who all assume is getting his info from Bobby V) is tweeting one month out for Dustin. Anyway, I feel the most logical replacement does not involve Middlebrooks or Youk at all. It is to recall Jose Iglesias, who has been hitting very well in May, and slide Aviles to 2B, where he has played a lot. One slight wrinkle to this is I heard tonight that Iggy has missed the last 3 games with a " undisclosed" injury and is not in the Pawsox lineup tonight.

      If the Sox want to use this situation to get Youk, Will, and AGon back into the infield, the only way is to play Middlebrooks at his HS position of SS, but I doubt if the will try this.

      Keep up hope that Ravech's one month turns out to be wrong, and he is back sooner. Supposedly, no announcement until tomorrow, but we will see,

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    2. First off this injury thing is getting to be ridiculous. Secondly, if Pedroia is out for a long time I think replacing him will be complicated. It will be a combination of different players that will have to fill his spot. Let's take a look at the possible replacements:

      1. Punto- I know he's been a bit of a punch line so far this year, but this is why he's on this team is to fill in for any injured IF's. 2B is his best position and I think with extended playing time he can improve his offensive production enough to at least be serviceable.

      2. Middlebrooks/Youk playing some 2B. I know this sounds crazy, but does it sound any crazier than AGon playing RF on a consistent basis? I think given the amount of injuries this team has had there is no scenario that is out of play. Middlebrooks is athletic enough to play some second base and I think it would be easier to play there than shortstop even though he played there when he was younger.

      3. Aviles- Moving Aviles to 2B is certainly an option I'm sure he could handle the position defensively. I'm just not sure that we'd want to mess with a good thing right now. He's played a very solid SS and I don't see any reason to mess with that. The rest of the deck is shuffled right now so I'd like to see some consistency. As a coach I've always been hesitant to create two problems out of one. Iglesias' injury certainly factors in here as well. If he was healthy and hitting well it would make sense to call him up and move Aviles to 2B, but I wouldn't move Aviles to 2B and Middlebrooks to SS. Then you've got two people playing out of position instead of one.

      4. Call someone up from Pawtucket to play 2B. Pedro Ciriaco could give this team a lift for a couple weeks if he was to split some time at 2B with Punto. He would also give them some roster flexibility and OF depth which is something they could use with all the injuries that they have.

      5. Pedroia is back in a couple days. This would obviously be the best option. Let's hope for the best.

      Your move Ben Cherington!

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  3. Wow, the Red Sox lineup tonight is a joke. We're supposed to beat Verlander with Podsednik and Punto in the lineup? And as good as Nava and Sweeney have been this year, to have them as your 1 and 2 hitters is pathetic. If the Sox win tonight it will be their most impressive win of the season.

    The Red Sox medical staff needs to get to work. They should start booking flights to Germany to get the "Kobe procedure" for some of these guys.

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    1. And of course, this "joke" of a lineup pounds out 10 hits against Verlander...just the second time in the last three seasons. Wow! That's impressive. Verlander's streak, I mean. Well, and this lineup getting 10 off of him. The lesson, as always kids...don't bet on sports.

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  4. The power bats of the Red Sox (Podsednik and Nava for crying out loud!) get to Verlander big time in the 4th! 3-run doubs by Nava! This ragtag group of overachievers lead the underachieving Tigers 4-0.

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    1. In the mean time, I am frantically flipping between ESPN and NESN trying to maintain a signal and audio through the thunderstorm in my area. ESPN has been flickering and just went out entirely; NESN has had no audio at times. It has been thundering and lightning in the Augusta area all day long. Weird.

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    2. I forgot to mention that the Nava double came with a full count with two outs on a 100-mph fastball, but anybody reading this was probably watching the game anyway. I love that Edes, Caron, and others are tweeting that Nava "ripped" a double down the line. Nava barely fought it off into the left field corner; when he hit it he looked like he thought it was weakly fouled off. Some kind of ripper indeed!

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  5. Shoppach is in to catch in the 7th inning. Salty was drilled in the pills with a bouncer earlier in the game. I'm sure he'll miss 4-6 weeks with bruised pills knowing this team's luck.

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    1. He played the day after getting 12 stitches in his ear so let's hope they can sew his "pills" back up and get him back in the lineup tomorrow night.

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  6. Rain delay bottom of the 8th with the score 6-3 Red Sox.

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