Links: Health reports, Bay, Dice-K

J.D. Drew is sitting with that quad again, which was fine today with Scott Kazmir on the mound. But it’d be nice to get him back in the lineup sooner rather than later. Somewhat more worrisome to me is Kevin Youkilis being out with tightness in his side. It’s improving, but the Sox are loathe to test it prematurely. Asked about it today, Youk said he has no clue what it is. Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the lineup after tweaking his hamstring at the end of last week.

That historic 12 run 6th inning was great, but that’s the kind of thing that can happen when you put together a balanced, veteran lineup with few OBP holes. As for Julio Lugo being the DH and leading off, that was less inspired. When Ellsbury was out, Terry Francona put J.D. Drew atop the lineup against the Indians. The results weren’t anything to write home about, but it reflects that the Red Sox are saber-savvy. Thanks for following my suggestion!

Jason Bay is just lighting it up, isn’t he? He smacked his 9th homer of the year yesterday, and continues to draw walks at a frenetic pace and produce in the cleanup slot while Youk has been out. Anybody else think Bay is just too nice? After getting hit in the back by Joba Chamberlain last week, pitching coach John Farrell growled between clenched teeth that the gesture would not be forgotten. Bay’s response? “Probably not” on purpose. My foot. BTW, here’s a record of plunked hitters over the past 5 seasons in this rivalry.

Daisuke Matsuzaka had a successful rehab start at Pawtucket, going 2 2/3 innings and allowing two weak hits, two walks and striking out 5. Brad Penny is holding down the fort, but he may be out of a job soon.

Last but not least, our prayers go out to Jerry Remy, who’s currently on a leave of absence after being operated on for lung cancer. Best wishes to you and yours.


One Response to Links: Health reports, Bay, Dice-K

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Dice-K had another decent outing in his second rehab start:

    Four scoreless innings, though I could have done without the jams he got into, plus he didn’t strike out anyone. One more to go.

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