I landed at Logan at 7 a.m. today and flipped on the radio when I got in the car. There were so many injury updates for the Sox that the average fan must be wondering whether they have enough players to field a team.
Here's the latest:
Dustin Pedroia: My buddy Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus has the best sources and information when it comes to injuries. He reports that Pedroia will miss six weeks. Given all the off days and the All-Star break, that's five weeks of games. Not great, of course, but it could be worse.
Clay Buchholz: His knee injury is actually a minor lower hamstring tear. The Sox can avoid putting him on the DL but still give him nine days off by using the days off to delay his next start until July 6. This does not seem like a major concern.
Victor Martinez: It sounds bad when you hear he has a broken thumb. But he actually has a fractured bone at the tip of his left thumb on his glove hand. It sounds like he may not need the DL, depending on how the swelling reacts. In theory, V-Mart could tape it up and keep playing. Of course that will depend on how well he can swing the bat.
Josh Beckett: His back feels fine and he'll face hitters on Thursday. From there, a rehab assignment will start. His ETA is July 20 or July 25, right around there.
Jacoby Ellsbury: This issue seems cloudy. He's still in Phoenix and it's going on three weeks now. He may stay there, he could come back, he could go to Florida. If Terry Francona knows — and I don't think he does — he wasn't saying. It's possible Ellsbury could return to the lineup by the end of July. But given how this has gone, don't bet the rent money on that.
Jed Lowrie: This is interesting. He is supposedly a week away from joining Lowell for a rehab assignment. What about him for second base? Lowrie's wrist, you would have to think, has healed by now. If he's over the mono, why wouldn't he be a candidate to play some second until Pedroia gets back?
It's easy to count guys out. But Lowrie is only 26 and a talented player.
Jeremy Hermida: He has started swinging a bat and says his ribs feel fine. He's now in the process of building back up and could start a rehab assignment sometime soon.
Mike Lowell: He's on the DL with a bad hip and the Sox could park him there for a while. At this point, they need the roster flexibility more than anything else.
So there you have it. It's not good news, of course. But don't chuck the season. This team has shown a lot of guts and if they can hang around for a few weeks, some talented reinforcements will be arriving.
We're hoping for some medical reports today on Pedroia and Martinez and will pass those along once they arrive.