Feet, Thumbs and Knees

It was a rough weekend for the Red Sox as injuries hit 3 important cogs. Dustin Pedroia has a broken bone in his foot and will miss 4-6 weeks. Victor Martinez has a fracture in his thumb and could miss anywhere from a few days up to a month and Clay Buchholz hyper extended his knee in another example of AL pitchers proving they can’t run 90 feet.

The good news on Buchholz is that he is hoping to make his next start. All of this is happening at a bad time as the Red Sox have clawed their way back into contention just 2 games back of the Yankees and a game up on the imploding Rays.

Speaking of the Rays, they are in town for a quick 2-game set and then the Red Sox have a rare 2nd day off in 4 days…slackers.

If the injuries keep mounting, this will prove difficult and more pressure will be put on the pitching staff.  Red Sox pitchers have posted a 3.91 ERA in June which is nice but they will have to keep up the good work.  The offense has also been raking going .300/.373/.511 in June and scoring 154 runs, but you have to expect the offense will drop off a bit with Pedroia and Martinez out.

The most frustrating part of this team is that the starting 3 outfielders have all been hurt.  Ellsbury and Cameron have missed significant amounts of time while Drew has already had a hurt hammy and will most likely have to sit again throughout the course of the season.  But despite all of that and despite a sub-par outfield defense, the Red Sox are in the thick of it.

Theo Epstein will need to evaluate whether or not Ellsbury will be able to contribute anytime soon and if Jeremy Hermida, Darnell McDonald and Bill Hall represent adequate talent for the stretch drive.  With the trade deadline not too far away, the idea of trading for Adrian Gonzalez seems unlikely as the Red Sox really need outfield help (and they might not have the chips San Diego is looking for).

It surprises me every year, but we are almost at the halfway mark of the season.