Extent of Red Sox injuries finally revealed

No wonder the Red Sox struggled and looked bad at times this postseason – many players were seriously hampered by injuries. Now that their season is over, the full severity of those injuries is revealed:

  • Mike Lowell had successful hip surgery yesterday in New York. He had two “bony lesions” removed, a torn labrum fixed and an adductor muscle “released”. How was this guy walking, let alone playing third base?
  • David Ortiz’s wrist has not been at full strength this season since being diagnosed with a strained tendon sheath in his wrist. It never fully healed, due to a lack of the rest needed. Those who were criticizing his lack of hitting in the playoffs better step off. This offseason is what he needs to get back to being Papi.
  • Josh Beckett’s reduced velocity in the playoffs was not an illusion. His strained oblique would have earned him a trip to the DL in the regular season, but not the playoffs. Can you believe his ALCS game 6 performance, given that diagnosis? He’ll be better after some rest.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka was the designated closer for game 7 of the ALCS because Jonathan Papelbon’s shoulder was not in good shape in this last series. Anyone who watched him go out and throw 92-94 mph knew something was up with Paps.
  • Manager Terry Francona is scheduled to have back surgery. He now admits that he hasn’t had full feeling in his arms since May. So he basically waited the whole season before addressing what could be a serious nerve issue. Is it just me, or does that sound a little crazy?

We should all applaud these guys for a great year and their gritty determination to win without excuses. A full return to health could work wonders for our Red Sox in 2009. Here’s looking forward to next season.


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