With the worst month for injuries in most recent history that I can recall for the Boston Red Sox, Adam and I will be attending the game tonight against the Devil Rays. John Lackey is coming off another one of his Derek Lowe type starts where he took us for a wild ride only to lose his one run lead with a blown save by Jonathan Papelbon in Colorado. I wont go into detail about it, but I'm sure no one forgot that Jason Giambi ruined our night.
Red Sox Injury Report
Jacoby Ellsbury - Our leadoff hitter has been out for what seems like 3 months with a fractured rib(s) injury. There is still no timetable on Ellsbury and that's only the beginning of our woes in the outfield.
Jeremy Hermida - Also a victim to broken ribs, our fourth outfielder is also on the shelf, giving more of our rookies (Nava and McDonald) more opportunities to start.
Mike Cameron - Not officially listed on the DL, it's obvious that Cameron has been playing hurt for the past month. Either he's hurt or he is just living up to that .187 batting average theory that Mike Felger had when we first signed the outfielder this off-season.
JD Drew - Just recently came back from an injury himself, Drew hasn't caught fire like he normally would between now and August. With all the injuries all over the field for the Red Sox, it would be great if he could start that up sooner rather than later.
Jed Lowrie - What was supposed to be the answer to all of our shortstop problems from the previous 8 years, Lowrie has been out of action for the past three months with Mono. Not only was he not the same since his wrist injury last year, who the hell sits out for three months with Mono? Maybe we should have kept Nick Green around.
Mike Lowell - Lowell was recently placed on the DL after injuring his right hip while running down the first base line. Although I think Lowell on the DL was a roster move for the Sox to activate Matsuzaka and keep all the young outfielders in the lineup, we could really use him back in the lineup with everyone else out.
Dustin Pedroia - The biggest and most recent hit to the lineup is that Dustin Pedroia will be out for approximately six weeks with a broken foot after fouling a ball off his left foot during interleague play last weekend in San Francisco.
Clay Buchholz - Also hurt in the San Francisco series, Buchholz pulled up lame with a slightly torn hamstring while running to second base on a grounder. Buchholz is listed with a hyperextended left knee and will miss his next start on Saturday. Awesome.
Josh Beckett - Beckett is out until late July due to lower back spasms. Josh did throw a simulation game earlier this week and it went well, but two starting pitchers on the DL with Matsuzaka off and on really isn't helping us out getting closer to the All-Star break behind the Yankees and racing with Tampa Bay.
Victor Martinez - Also not officially listed on the DL, Martinez took two hard foul balls off his left thumb against the Giants as well. It was reported that Martinez will not need surgery, but he will probably sit a few games over the next week, making room for Jason Varitek to get the starts on the home stand. That'll toughen up the lineup a bit, won't it?
John Lackey will be taking the field with the Portland Seadogs tonight in an attempt to hold a one game lead over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in game one of a three game series at Fenway Park. Regardless of the situations, Adam and I will be cheering from Peske's Pole out in right field. I just hope that Bill Hall isn't playing right in front of us.