Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Big Papi Out 4-6 Weeks...Baltimore 6 Boston 3

The Boston Red Sox suffered a double loss on Monday when they learned that their DH supreme Big Papi David Ortiz will be out anywhere from 4-6 weeks (or more) with a partially torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. If that sounds bad to you, well, it is. Sean Casey had this to say when he learned of his teammate's injury. Also included is a detailed description of what a "tendon sheath" is...

"Man, those are your weapons, your hands are your weapons, your wrist, everything, those are your weapons," said Sean Casey, whose playing time is likely to spike with Ortiz headed to the disabled list.
Ortiz is out with what the team is calling a partial tear of the sheath that keeps in place the extensor carpi ulnaris tendon, which governs the action of extending and adducting the wrist. That clicking sound Ortiz heard was the ECU tendon snapping over the bone because it had slipped out of its groove.
"Once you lose your hands, there's not much you can do," said Casey, who tore cartilage in the same area of the wrist while still in the minors in 1997 and missed eight weeks. "You really paralyze yourself as a ballplayer, as soon as you lose your wrists and your hands."

Peter here, and boy, will he be missed. The game was a little anticlimactic, with Tim Wakefield again pitching great but losing. With the score 3-2 Good Guys in the 8th, Hideki Okajima was battered for 4 hits and a walk in a 24 pitch inning. He gave up 4 runs to the Birds, runs that won the game for them. On a small bright note, Sir Manny hit #502. We go home to Fenway Park to face the first place Tampa Bay Rays. Here are the pitching matchups...

Matt Garza (4-1, 3.78) vs. Justin Masterson (1-0, 1.46) tonight
Edwin Jackson (3-4, 3.70) vs. Josh Beckett (5-4, 4.30) Wednesday
James Shields (4-3, 3.24) vs. Lester (3-3, 3.67) Thursday

(Thursday's game is at 6:05 p.m. EDT, because Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Lakers is at 9PM EDT. (GO GREEN. BEAT LA!)

So there you have it, a Monday in early June filled with loss, sadness and disapointment. But such is life...ups and downs and sideways stuff that all add up to an unbelievable experience. Enjoy it. To every one of you, BE WELL. And click on the title of this post for all the details of our beloved slugger's injury. See ya!


At 6/03/2008 9:39 AM, Blogger www.wickedpissadude.com said...

I have talked with a few people who are worried. I am not. As Timmy pointed out earlier to me, so you move Manny to DH and let him rest for a while. You play Coco and Ellsbury and there are worse things that can happen. Yes, you lose the 1-2 punch in your order, but you still have a pretty nasty offensive machine and wouldn't we rather have this happen in August then October.

Get Well Soon Papi.


At 6/03/2008 10:27 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

WPD, the team is deep, and with Manny surrounded by Youk and Mikey, well, WOW! And we'll see Sean Casey more...he's been a great acquisition...what we we do without him? I have NO IDEA!

At 6/03/2008 12:07 PM, Blogger Mainecatwoman said...


Make Papi proud!!!

At 6/03/2008 2:56 PM, Blogger Rooster said...

WPD is right on. Papi will be missed while he heals up, but they have plenty of depth to keep the offense productive! Moving Manny to DH would not only improve teh outfield, but also add more speed to the lineup, which can also generate runs.

At 6/04/2008 5:35 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Especially now that Manny hammies are sore, it's a perfect place to put him--DH. Ells in left and Coco in right worked just fine last night, too. DEEP.


At 6/05/2008 5:58 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

I meant Coco in center, JD in right.


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