May 1st, 2008
If the list of injured players for the Sox doesn’t slow down quick, it’s going to be a very VERY long season…
Last night, when Tito brought in Jed Lowrie to pinch run for David Ortiz in the bottom of the 9th, it was a good thing the game was over in that inning, because the ONLY player left on the bench able to play was backup catcher Kevin Cash–That’s it…
Jacoby Ellsbury has a sore right groin since Saturday night, when he tried to cath a homer in the Tampa Bay loss…But hopefully will be able to be back in the lineup tonight. From Jacoby: “It feels better today. I came in early, got treatment on it. I think it’s something that should be good here shortly. I’ve had it before. In the past it was a little bit worse. This one was pretty aggravated when I did it. Just in the last few days, it has felt a lot better.”
JD Drew is out with a sore left quad, which HE injured during the Toronto win on Monday night–and there is no timetable for his return. From Tito: “He is not worse, but not good enough to send him out there. He’s in getting treatment now. I’m glad he’s not worse. I think you always fear that he’ll wake up and be real sore. He’s not, but he feels it, so we’ll keep updating and checking on how he’s doing.”
And Alex Cora, who has been on the DL for almost 2 weeks with a sprained right elbow, has started a throwing program, so hopefully he will be back soon…
And then there is Sean Casey, who just went down last week with a right hip flexor, who will not be activated until at least April 11th–although he probably wont be out for any longer than that…
And Big Papi did not look too wonderful last night in the 9th when he rounded 1st and them limped back to the bag…with his knee problem all last season, and then the knee surgery in the off season, I am always afraid of his knee just giving OUT, and then he is done, like, forever…
As much as I am glad the Sox won last night–I hate 1 runs games–and to have won 2 in as many days, my ulcer is in overdrive…Can’t the bats wake up? Even a little?
Daisuke fared pretty well, going 7 strong (although he threw 111 pitches) innings giving up 0 runs on 2 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 4 In his 6 starts this season, he has averaged only giving up 3.33 hits per game…
And if with the injuries, if anyone else in the outfield goes down–guess who the backup is? Yep, Sir Julio the useless…but I wonder if he would do less damage out there than at shortstop….
Last night the Sox received the hardware they were awarded from This Week in Baseball last season:
- Starting Pitcher of the Year: Josh Beckett
- Closer of the Year: Jonathan Papelbon
- Setup Man of the Year: Hideki Okajima
- Performance of the Year: Clay Buchholtz
- Blooper of the Year: Manny Ramirez, for lining a foul ball off a 3rd base camera
- Postseason Moment of the Year: JD Drew, for his Grand Slam in game 6 of the ALCS
All Star Update: Because the game in being played at The Stadium, The DH is back in for the All-Star game–and Kevin Youkilis gets his 1ts appearance on a ballot. IN past years, it was always David Ortiz for 1st base to get him into the game. Since the Sox won the World Series, Tito once again gets to play manager of the All-Star team…I forgot the game was at Skankee Stadium this year–Enrico Palazzo is probably warming up as well speak, with his 45 minute extended dance remix of God Bless America….
Tonight: The Sox play the final game of this series against Toronto. Tim Wakefield takes the mound at 7:05pm to go for the sweep…Lets see if he can make it #5 for exceptional starts…He is opposed by AJ “Hopefully my arm won’t fall off during this game” Burnett for the Jays….