The Boston Red Sox have had issues at the shortstop position for as long as I can remember. Since John Valentin (1992-2001) the Sawx have a long list of shortstops.
- Red Sox Short Stops
- Nomar Garciaparra (96-04)
- Jose Offerman (99-02)
- Orlando Cabrera (2004)
- Edgar Renteria (2005)
- Alex Cora (05-08)
- Julio Lugo(06-09)
- Jed Lowrie (06-09)
After last season, I thought Jed Lowrie was going to be our final stop at short. He came in late to replace an injured (and awful) Julio Lugo and did an amazing job, all while battling a wrist injury. This season, his wrist has gotten the better of him and Lowrie may need surgery. ESPN.com reports:
According to The Boston Globe, Lowrie said his options included playing with cortisone shots, having a fractured bone -- the ulnar styloid -- reattached or removing the wrist bone entirely. Removing it would end his season, he said.
More information will come after Lowrie visit's to Arizona for another opinion, but surgery would put him out for the entire 2009 Red Sox season. If Lowrie opts out of surgery and continues to rehab and take cortisone shots, he could return in three to four weeks.
With Jed Lowrie injured, Nick Green replaces him. Green has done pretty well so far batting a little below the .300 area, knocking in some runs, getting hits when they matter and being a great glove in the field.
Josh Beckett Update
After Josh Beckett's throw at Bobby Abreu, he was fined $10k and suspended for six games. Beckett recently dropped his appeal and his suspension was reduced to five games. Josh Beckett will start Saturday against the New York Yankees in Fenway Park.
I still think the fine and any type of suspension are ridiculous, but we will move on and continue to win games with a two game series against the Twins next.
Thanks to kim.rossi for the picture of Jed Lowrie.