** Boston Red Sox Dodge A Bullet...Pedroia Only Has Ab Strain **
The Boston Red Sox received the best news possible about the injury to AL MVP Dustin Pedey Pedroia. Instead of an injury to the oblique muscle on his right side, a notoriously slow type of ailment that always seems to linger and linger, Pedey simply pulled an abdominal muscle. He'll rest for two to three days and then carefully test it while getting treatment the whole time. PHEW!!!
Here's what Pedroia had to say about this scary moment...
“I don’t think it’s going to linger. I’ll take care of it and get it ready and get ready for the season - it won’t be an issue,” Pedroia said yesterday. Then he bacame humorous. "...when you have a physique like this and you’re shredded, something might happen,” he said.
And how did the injury happen, Pedey??
“I was taking some flips (small swings of the bat) and to be honest with you, I just took one swing and they did a great job of shutting me down,” Pedroia said. “I kind of felt it a little bit and I grabbed at it and then the hitting coach said, ‘Don’t do anything. Go see the trainer.’ So I did."
A great job by the hitting coach, number seven Reggie Smith, to immediately shut him down. After all, he's half of the best right side of an infield in all of the major leagues. Let's keep it that way...both Youk and Pedey are signed for multiple years with Boston. On a side note, Baltimore beat the Red Sox by a score of 6-2. Clay Buchholz again proved he's ready to join the Red Sox rotation (hear that, Timmy?) immediately. Look at the pitching summary below. He was fantastic. He struck out six and gave up a solo run in three and two thirds innings. He will be a perfect fit for the spot vacated by Wakefield or if Brad Penny's shoulder does not respond. Personally, I'd rather see him in the Sox rotation than Wakes and Penny combined! Here's that pitching line...
Boston IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Clay Buchholz 3.2 4 1 1 2 6 1.54
Jose Vaquedano 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jonathan Papelbon (B 1) 1.0 0 1 1 0 0 1.50
Hideki Okajima 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 3.00
Manny Delcarmen 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 3.00
Ramon Ramirez 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 6.00
Billy Traber 1.0 3 3 3 1 2 14.14
Billy Traber sucked the big one but Ramirez looked great...everyone else was, too, but I don't understand how Paps could give up an earned run while giving up NO hits and NO walks in his inning. I didn't see the game, though. If you can figure that one out, please let me know. Have a great Monday, click on the title for more Sox news and as always, BE WELL. See ya.