With the Red Sox lineup slowly nursing itself back to health, they suffered one of the biggest losses of the season. Kevin Youkilis went on the DL Tuesday, after suffering a torn adductor muscle in his right thumb in Monday night’s game. He traveled to the Cleveland Clinic Wednesday and it was determined he will have season ending surgery Friday to repair him thumb. The Red Sox have battled injuries all season losing some key players along the way, but Youk is the first to be shut down for the season. Losing Youkilis for the season trumps Dustin Pedroia’s broken foot which was the biggest loss thus far. Youk and Adrian Beltre were the only players to escape injury this season. Beltre now stands alone. He may have avoided injury, but unfortunately he caused two players to go down, let’s not forget that.
With Youkilis out for the season, that makes 15 players that have appeared on the DL, including five members of the Opening Day lineup and three members of the starting rotation. It is going to sting not having him in the lineup. Look at his stats for the year. Youk was hitting .307 (21st) with 19 homers (27th) and 62 RBIs (38th). He had a .411 on-base percentage (4th) and .564 slugging percentage (10th). The Sox are going to miss him getting on base, that’s for sure.
When will the 2010 Red Sox catch a break? To be honest I don’t know if they will. There is only one teammate that has caught a break, and that is fan favorite, Mike Lowell. Finally! All season long with all the injuries that have happened, Mike Lowell has sat on the bench because the only two players on the team that refused to go down, happen to play the only positions Mikey plays.
It has been tough to watch the 2007 World Series MVP sit on the bench. It is nice to have something good come from an injury for once. That happened on Tuesday night when Mike Lowell was back in the lineup at first base. Fenway Park rose to its feet and welcomed Mike Lowell as he walked to the plate in the bottom of the second against the Indians. Mikey hasn’t played since late June, after a long trip to the DL, followed by four days of hell as he waited for the Red Sox to try and trade him. There is one thing that couldn’t be denied on Tuesday night. And that was the appreciation fans have for Mike Lowell. He called the standing ovation “one of the more special moments of my career.”
Before fans could sit down, Lowell launched the first pitch he saw over the monster. His two-run homer helped the Sox to a 3-1 victory. He also made a fabulous play at first snagging a weird hop and diving at the bag with his glove for the out. If that gives us any indication of how Lowell will perform the rest of the season I am looking forward to it. Theo Epstein said the Sox could explore a waiver trade for a first baseman. I personally think that is not necessary and I would be pissed if that happened. All season long they have been trying to figure out how to get him in the lineup and now the solution is right there. Let him play damn it! He’s got the bat and I’ll take that over speed any day. WELCOME BACK MIKEY, GLAD YOU COULD FINALLY JOIN US!
Dustin Pedrioa Update:
Today marks exactly six weeks since Dustin broke a bone in his foot and today might be the day he gets cleared to start running at a quicker pace. You know that he is chomping at the bit to get back on the field unlike Jacoby. Days after he broke his foot he was seen fielding grounders on his knees so he has been keeping fresh and we know getting back on the field is all he cares about. There is one body part that remains fully intact and that’s his mouth. He took batting practice last night, smiled and said “Did you see me? Rockets!’’
Questioning Ellsbury’s Toughness:
Last night Jacoby was back in the lineup FINALLY! It was his first game since May 24th, his 10th game of the season and the Red Sox 108th game. Ellsbury has clearly been out the longest which has led to some drama amongst media, fans and teammates. Let’s reminisce the time line of Ellsbury‘s long road to recovery. Ellsbury collided with Adrian Beltre April 11 in Kansas City. It took him 41 days to return. He played in three games and then landed back on the DL on May 28, and make his second comeback last night. The understanding is that Ellsbury is not in danger of re-injuring the now, five hairline fractured ribs, as he did the first time he returned to the team. Let’s keep our fingers crossed because we need him in this lineup now more than ever.
His long road to recovery has led people to question his toughness. “I think anybody who has a rib injury will know what I’m talking about,’’ Ellsbury said. “They say for a while you’ll move wrong and get a sharp pain. It’s something I’ll have to play through.” I can attest after watching my mother go through a few broken ribs, that it is a pretty difficult injury to bounce back from, especially when your diving for balls. I don’t think anyone is questioning whether he is healed or not.
I think it’s how he dealt with his injury, abandoning himself from the team. Teammates griped about his departure for Arizona for a stay at Athletes’ Performance. What makes him so special? We have seen every other injured player sitting in the dugout game after game. You couldn’t pay Dustin Pedroia an extra million to be shipped out of town while his teammates are busting their ass to try and win games. Many of his teammates felt there was a lack of communication and that he simply disappeared.
Before last night’s game, Ellsbury once again tried to prove that he is willing to labor through pain. “I know how my body feels,’’ Ellsbury told reporters before last night’s game. “I’ve played hurt in the past. I’ve played other sports, I’ve played football, cut off my own cast to play in the game, broke my collarbone playing basketball.” The more he talks about it the more he creates doubt.
So Jacoby, does us a favor….you are back…..shut up and play! Show us how tough you are!
Sincerely, Baseball Brenda
About the Author
Written by "Baseball Brenda" Sepanek
I was born a sports fan. Playing soccer, basketball and softball in high school, then moving on to play Div. II softball at Keene State on partial scholarship. In 2003, our team was inducted into the Keene State Hall of Fame. GO OWLS! I am a die hard Red Sox, Patriots and UNC Tar Heel hoop fan. Most of my friends call me Baseball Brenda because when it comes to ranking my priorities in life, the Red Sox always are first on the list. I average about 40 games a year and I have attended every home playoff game since moving back to MA in 2005. I am super competitive and excel at anything you can win at :) Horseshoes, ping pong, darts, pool, cornhole, and bowling. Always love a good challenge. I play a lot of golf in the summer and a lot of fantasy sports. I am always looking to meet local Sox fans so look me up on Facebook.