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Pedroia Potentially Out For A Month

Dustin Pedroia came out of Monday’s game against the Tigers with a thumb injury after making a great diving play at second base. That play, combined with a jam shot at the plate in his previous at-bat, has aggravated a lingering problem with the right thumb of the Laser Show. News came out yesterday that there could be a muscle tear involved and that the Sox starting second baseman could miss 3-4 weeks of action. Pedroia is hopeful that only a couple days rest will be enough to get him back on the field, but it seems likely that the Sox will be without Dustin for a few weeks at least.

If Pedroia was to miss a month of baseball, then the Sox will have to decide how to proceed with their line-up. The most likely and most logical choice seems to be to call-up fielding phenom Jose Iglesias to play shortstop and move Mike Aviles over to right side of the bag to second base. However, Iglesias has missed the last five games in Pawtucket with lower back stiffness and may not be ready to go for a couple more days himself. As of now, Nick Punto looks to get the start at second until an official decision on Pedroia is made. In limited playing time this season, Punto is only hitting .140 (6 for 43) with 16 strikeouts.


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Ellsbury Update

A few beat writers for the Red Sox are saying it is probably a dislocation/subluxation of shoulder. This is based on doctors analysis of the replay. If true, it will be a minimum 6-8 weeks before Ellsbury is back. If it requires surgery it would be a season ending injury.

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Down Goes Ellsbury


After going 2-3 on the afternoon and starting to finally show some confidence at the plate it appears that Ellsbury might be missing some serious time this season after hurting his shoulder while sliding into second to break up  a double play. This is not good. Ellsbury was rolling on the ground and screaming in pain before finally leaving the field bracing his right shoulder. Just when things were looking good today, something like this has to happen. If Ellsbury misses more than a month with this injury, this offense could be in some serious trouble. No news yet on the injury but it is clear that people are worried. Fenway fell completely silent and hasn’t picked up much energy since. We will let you know of any updates on the injury.

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Caca Crawford Gets Elbow Examined

Carl Demonte Crawford was examined in Boston on Tuesday. According to a team source Crawford has been experiencing some minor elbow soreness. This will definitely delay his comeback as he will cease throwing and swinging a bat. Hopefully there is nothing wrong with the elbow and Crawford can still target a May comeback. The good news is that Crawford’s left wrist is recovering well.


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Got Dice?


One English Word He Does Know

Daisuke Matsuzaka went three innings in an extended spring training game. He threw 49 pitches and topped out at 94mph (gyro ball was not featured). He seems to be making great progress on his Tommy John rehab and will most likely win Cy Young despite missing the first three months of the season.

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What The Hell Are the New Sox Docs Doing? Starting Thumb Wrestling Tournaments?

Hi Dr. Nick

First Andrew Bailey now Beckett is having some specialist in Cleveland check out his thumb. At this rate our entire rotation and half the bullpen will be out due to thumb injuries by mid-May. And so it begins, the long line of Red Sox malpractice.

The last doctor the Red Sox had that was considered good was Dr. William Morgan, better known as the doctor that stitched up Curt Schilling in the playoffs resulting in a certain bloody sock.

Well after that season, Morgan and the Sox parted ways partly because he got popped for a DUI in Worcester MA, swerving on 290 with an almost empty glass of wine. He then went on to become the Worcester Sharks (AHL) team physician but after a probe with the state Board of Registration in Medicine he is not allowed to practice medicine. Now the Sox players are falling apart at the seams, but Dr. Billy Morgan isn’t walking through that door (he can’t, not as a doctor anyway).

After Morgan came Dr. Thomas Gill. This guy has been blamed for more issues with the Red Sox than Francona. Let us break down the last few seasons.


Mike Cameron’s season ending injury was because of Gill’s “repairing” of Cameron’s abdominal tear as well as performing a procedure to alleviate pain in his groin. Cameron’s agent told him to get a second opinion, Cameron did not and he was out the rest of the season.

Jacoby Ellisbury had a rib injury that was supposed to heal “within a few weeks.” He was out for most of the season.

Predroia the destroyah was rushed back to play from his foot injury, he then went back out and needed surgery at the end of the season.

I would go on but I don’t want to type all night, for the 2010 season the Sox had 19 players on the DL for a total of close to 1000 games or more. A thousand, that’s over six seasons worth of games.


Jed Lowrie, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Marco Scutaro, David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Kevin Youkilis, and a plethera of other players were on the DL last year, not as bad as 2010 but enough for the owners to do some finger-pointing Gill’s way.

Then there’s this season, we can’t blame Gill anymore, he gone. He did such a terrible job that he messed it up for anyone else that would want that position, because they got rid of it. I can’t list a successor because there isn’t one. It’s a committee of doctors now, and as David Ogilvy once said, “there are no statues for committees.” I think I know a few of the doctors though:

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It’s Official, Andrew Bailey is going under the Knife

According to, “The Red Sox confirm that closer Andrew Bailey will undergo surgery Wed. to repair a ligament in his right thumb. He is expected to miss 3-4 months.”

Why didn’t I bet on this happening? Oh yeah, because everyone knew it was going to happen. “3-4 months” sounds a lot like “season” to me.

Dude’s like Sam Jackson in Unbreakable.

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