The injury woes for the 2012 Red Sox seemingly have been relentless. At this point in the season, 21 Red Sox players have made trips to the disabled list. Luckily, David Ortiz, has not been one of them. Ortiz, who has been one of the very few, perhaps the only, constant performers this season, has played in 89 of the team’s 90 games. That is assuredly going to change. As Adrian Gonzalez hit a booming, and eventual game-winning, home run over the monster, Ortiz was seen limping around the bases and into the dugout. The home run seemed to be extra significant since Gonzalez had been struggling all season, especially with power. But if we have learned anything from the 2012 Red Sox, it’s that the good often is followed by some bad.
Manager Bobby Valentine said after the game that he didn’t expect Ortiz to miss more than a few games, but for precautionary purposes Ortiz will have an MRI on his Achilles Tendon sometime today. Ortiz himself said that he fully expects to be “OK” in a few days. However, while speaking to the media after the game, Ortiz had the quote of the night: “This team is cursed, man.”
While the team recently saw the returns of Carl Crawford, Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury, among others, there still are a plethora of players on the disabled list. Here is a brief update on the currently injured Red Sox players:
Dustin Pedroia: Bobby Valentine said Monday that he expects Pedroia to return when he is eligible to do so on Thursday. Pedroia, who is recovering from a hyperextended thumb, is rehabbing from the injury much quicker than originally anticipated. He has been taking batting practices lately without any problems.
Andrew Bailey: This past Sunday, Bailey threw a 20-pitch bullpen session in Tampa and will throw another one Wednesday at Fenway. It’s reasonable to assume, depending on his reevaluation after his next bullpen session, that a rehab assignment could come shortly after. The most optimistic return date is mid-August.
Scott Atchison: The Red Sox placed Atchison on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm stiffness on Sunday. Atchison first felt the symptoms during the Yankees series before the All-Star break, and originally had hoped that the four days off would be enough time to recover. He pitched on Friday against the Rays, but still complained of the stiffness. The Red Sox hope that he will be ready as soon as those 15 days are up.
Ryan Sweeney: Sweeney is day-to-day with tightness in his left hamstring and could be available to play in tonight’s game.
Rich Hill: Recently transferred to the 60-day DL, Hill is not eligible to return until early August. He has not suffered any setbacks so a return in August is possible.
Chris Carpenter: Carpenter continues his rehab assignment, pitching for the first time in AAA for the Pawtucket Red Sox. He threw 1 inning allowing only a walk. He should be ready to be activated within the month.
John Lackey: Valentine said at the end of June, after an encouraging bullpen session by Lackey, that he expected Lackey to pitch in a game before the end of the season. While that is in the realm of possibility, there has been few updates since then, and it still seems doubtful that he’ll throw a pitch for the Red Sox this season. A full recovery by the end of the calendar season has long been the prognosis, and is still the safe bet.
Daisuke Matsuzaka: It’s unknown whether or not Daisuke will get another shot for the Red Sox, but he is expected to be healthy around the end of the month. Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, has been battling a sore trapezius/neck for most of the season. It is unsure of what will happen with him when he is ready to return, but considering how well Cook, Morales and Doubront have pitched recently, it’s hard to imagine him finding a way back into the rotation.