Every time I see Alex Wilson pitch, I am impressed. Unfortunately for him he had a good spring and was just recently sent back down to Triple A. He is what, 27 years old now? He still hasn't gotten a look. Why do the Sox continually leave their prospects in the minors until the age range of 24-28?
Tony, Gray, Maine
They wouldnít keep him down if they thought he was good enough to make the pitching staff. Heís been a good pitcher for them in the system and he may come around and be a terrific reliever. Obviously they havenít given up on him. If there was any chance that he was better than Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan, Daniel Bard, you name it, heíd be in the mix. If someone gets hurt heíll likely be one of the first called up, though they are also high on Anthony Carter after a good camp.
I'm wondering if they'll ever give J.C. Linares a shot? He has respectable minor league numbers with glimpses of power, and is also a decent fielder who has played all three positions. Just curious about what you think?
Mario, Victoria, BC
Heís definitely a guy who has been lost in the shuffle. Heís a righthanded bat, who, as you say can play all three outfield positions. Yet his name never is mentioned in the mix for that extra outfield spot. They say good things about him but obviously theyíre not sold on him.
I am so tired of the constant complaining about ownership. Doesn't anyone remember the embarrassment that was the Yawkey-Sullivan-Harrington regime?
John, no location provided
I donít complain about the ownership. I think they have done a great job overall. Two championships is pretty good. Their payrolls are high. I donít agree with everything they do and sometimes their employees donít make the best decisions. When I have a difference of opinion, I say it or write about it. But Iím sure a few cities would want to swap owners with this group.
Why didn't the Sox try and get Youk back?
Michael, Boynton Beach, Fla.
They thought Napoli would do more for them and if healthy, thatís the better choice. Napoli should hit for more power and should drive in more runs. Youk has had down years the past three. It was the right move.
Any whispers about a possible trade by the Red Sox? It would seem they have a lot of pieces to move for a power hitting outfielder.
Michael, Hebron, Conn.
They seem to be looking for depth in starting pitching. Maybe pick up a veteran arm they can stick at Triple-A. Theyíre looking to see if thereís anyone out there better that the Nava-Overbay-Carp-Sweeney group. Not sure a big deal for a Giancarlo Stanton could be made at this time.
If MLB was re-drafting every team (just go with me) and each franchise got to keep one veteran and one prospect, who do you think the Sox should go with? Contracts are irrelevant.
Adrian, Milford, Mass.
Middlebrooks (veteran) and Bogaerts. If you donít classify Middlebrooks as a veteran, then Pedroia.
What do you think will happen with the catching position?
Danny, Cambridge, Mass.
Salty-Ross. Lavarnway would come up if thereís an injury. Vazquez will be in Double-A, but will likely move up quickly if Lavarnway is up.
I have more than 40 years of medical experience. If Ortiz did not have hyperbaric oxygen therapy, he did not, then, have "the best treatment available." The medical situation in Boston perplexes me. Supposedly it, like Houston, is a center of medical expertise. I am doubting that now.
Vicente, Cali, Colombia
This is a very passionate subject for you, doctor. I will try to ask if this hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been thought of or is being utilized.
I don't think the starting staff and certainly the bullpen looks all that bad. I was watching a Yankees spring game and the announcers predicted a 75-win, last-place finish for the Sox. Maybe they should look in the mirror. I know the hitting is average at best, but pitching, pitching, defense, hitting in that order wins pennants. What do you think?
Grampy Z, Zephyrhills, Fla.
Theyíre entitled to their opinion. The Yankees are starting the season really decimated with injuries so youíre right, theyíre not in the best position either. Itís always harder to project a 95-win team going to last place rather than a 69-win team making the playoffs. The Yankees had the best starting rotation in the AL East last season and it could be again, but you wonder about Kuroda and Pettitte pitching at their respective ages and staying healthy all year. If they do, they will survive the positional injuries and be good again. Iíve definitely upgraded my Red Sox outlook since camp began. Red Sox starting pitching has made great improvement. I try to temper it with itís only spring training, but thereís a more optimistic view even with David Ortizí injury.
In the past few years, the Red Sox medical staff Ė fairly or unfairly Ė has taken several hits for handling of injuries Ė Jacoby Ellsbury's broken ribs come to mind. I was wondering what specifically the staff had done/is doing to help David Ortiz get past his Achilles' heel injury? Did they inject his inflamed heels with his own plasma-rich platelets Ė a procedure I've heard has been used with much success? Is Ortiz taking anti-inflammatory medications? What specifically is being done?
That stuff is confidential unless Ortiz releases it. This is Mass General. Some of the best doctors in the world. Iím sure everything is being done.
How is the 40-man roster determined? I just read an article saying that Jackie Bradley Jr. is not on the 40 man roster. How do you protect people like him from the Rule 5 draft if he is not on the 40 man roster?
Sebastian, San Francisco
It just has to do with service time after one is drafted. If youíre a high school draftee and you sign when youíre 18 or younger, you donít have to be protected on the roster for five years. If youíre older (usually college picks) you have to be protected after four years. This is one reason you donít start the arbitration clock on these guys because you take up a roster spot that someone you need to protect because they might be out of minor league options.
I understand that writers are responsible for their own transportation between games, how about the radio and TV announcers? I have never heard them complain about missed connections and such, so I am guessing that they ride with the team.
Karl, Santa Clara, Calif.
They ride with the team.