Links 3-24-2010: Pedroia’s wrist, more Spring notes

After diving for a grounder, Dustin Pedroia left yesterday’s game with a wrist injury, but the report is out today that X-rays are negative, and he is not expected to miss much time. BTW, if you appreciate defensive genius, you owe it to yourself to watch this catch by Ichiro Suzuki. Man.

The Red Sox sent Michael Bowden, Ramon A. Ramirez (not the one from last year) and Aaron Bates to Pawtucket yesterday, and assigned reliever Jorge Sosa to minor league camp. All of these moves were expected. We are now down to 40 players and 8 NRIs.

On a team with very few question marks, one of the few interesting things to talk about is how the back end of the bullpen will look. Brian MacPherson gives us his take here.

For a team that’s supposed to be good at pitching, the Sox haven’t looked good lately. Lots of home runs, but it’s Spring Training so I’ll let it slide for now. Clay Buchholz had some trouble with his fastball command in his last start, and got knocked around a bit. Maybe he should focus on pitching instead of making spots for ESPN.

The sabermetrics-focused Baseball Analysts has a lengthy season preview article up. It’s worth a read.

Stats guru John Dewan posits that the Red Sox will be the most improved defensive club in 2010, picking up more than 80 runs prevented based on our offseason acquisitions. Does anyone else think we improved by 8 wins based on defense alone?

You think the Red Sox are bad at paying for players to play for other teams? Steve Sommer at Fangraphs shows that there are some doozies out there- take a look.

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