December 21st, 2009
Yeah, Yeah, I know….
While I am thrilled the deal for Mike Lowell to the Rangers for a bag of balls feel through, it’s really not a good thing, for anyone.
Apparently, his thumb injury was worse than anyone knew, requiring surgery to repair the radial collateral ligament in his right thumb. Recuperation from this type of surgery is 6-8 weeks, which means he will be ready to go end of February, beginning of March.
So I guess my biggest question is: If his thumb is bad enough to stop this deal, why didn’t the Sox know?
Ben Cherington, Assistant GM for the Sox said this yesterday: “…When the initial injury happened he, nor our medical staff, really felt it was that serious. It was just one of those things where he got jammed a little bit, felt it a little bit during a BP swing…And even at the end of the playoffs, in our exit physical, he barely made mention of it… (Its) just one of those things as a player you get used to being a little dinged up at the end of the season. I think that’s how he felt it. And then Mike, as many players do, sort of took his customary break after the season, let the body heal and then when he went to pick up a bat again recently as per his normal schedule he still felt a little bit in there and so wanted to get it checked out. And that’s when he got it checked out…All the reports indicate that he should be 100 percent in spring training, let him go out there and play and he’s either an important part of our team moving forward… or certainly if there’s interest down the road we can consider that…”
But, really, how could he come back to the Sox? They made it painfully obvious that he is no longer wanted–a backup catcher and the willingness to pay 3/4 of his salary next year to see him gone. Doesn’t sound particularly warm and fuzzy to me….
And what really frosts my bananas is the NONSENSE that people going on about how this development somehow screws everything up for the Sox, now that they don’t have the extra $3 million dollars they would have saved not having to pay Mike Lowell in 2010, and the fact that he is on the 40-man. 1st of all, he goes on the 60 day DL-so that frees up the roster spot. And C’mon, 3-million dollars? Really? That is what is going to make or break the 2010 Boston Red Sox? Yeah, OK….
So now he gets the surgery, which, but al accounts will allow him to be
“100 percent in Spring Training.” And we all wait and see. Unfortunately, there is almost no chance Mike Lowell will be in a Red Sox uniform come April 4th…I believe he’ll either be traded (if he well enough, the Rangers might still be a destination) or they will release him…
Apparently, Jason Varitek is OK with being the backup catcher for what may be his last year in baseball (he is 37, and his contract, activated by his player option, is for 1 year):”…But I think that just seeing in a different role, how my body adapts to maybe the less pounding and the less physical grind, it might be a good time for me to transition. I’m preparing as I always do, to be able to handle as much as I can. I’ll prepare for a full-time role even though it’s dictated another way, and that way if something happens, I’m ready to go…Most importantly to me, I’m here. I had the opportunity to come back and to be in Boston.”
At this point, it’s unclear how often he will actually catch. Will he be Josh Beckett’s personal catcher? Will he catch when there is a left-handed pitcher, so Victor Martinez can play 1st base? It’s all up in the air right now, but hopefully, with the less abuse to his body, he can become more effective in his at bats…
Finally, Happy Solstice and Blessed Yule Red Sox Nation!
Coming up: 4 more days till Christmas–and I am almost ready! Whoo Hoo!