Well obviously if the whole "he would play if it were September" line was just BS then the Red Sox have their first big test. Fingers crossed for Coco, since Coco can’t cross his own.
Actually, EEI is reporting that the report has not been confirmed or denied by the Red Sox doctors or the team. I’ll hold off on any sort conclusion until I hear it from him or the team. They’re making fun of the guy who wrote that story as I type. The EEI feed on the net is pretty good.
If he is hurt, I say move Youk into the leadoff spot, and hit Stern in down at the bottom of the order. Youk is steady hitter, who’s bound to work the pitcher in that spot. Losing Crisp is going to hurt this newfound way of stealing bases and playing hit and run that the Sox are trying, but they have survived without implementing that style over the past few years.
Besides, I think most people are writing Stern off like he’s Bubba Crosby or something, but this guy can really play. He’s not Crisp, but he’s got wheels, and a pretty good bat; he’ll be fine for a short-term stint in the lineup, and could surprise us all.
I am not sure where you find your confidence in Stern from. Sure he was good in the WBC, but he has no decent track record of high level performance. He’s basically an unknown. He might be good, he might be terrible. I have no idea. I just know I’d rather have Coco in there.
Don’t get me wrong, SF. Me sentiments were meant to come across the same way. All I’m saying, is that Stern may by a pretty good substitute for Crisp, but I’d much rather have crisp in there. From what I’ve seen ( the WBC, the spring, and yesterday) he’s good in the field, and not terrible at the plate. I’ll take him over Kapler any day of the week.
On a better note, Silverman is saying that the Red Sox are going to announce today that Ortiz’s contract has been extended for the next four years.
Coco’s got a fractured finger – in a splint for 10 days then reevaluated. This is nothing but bad news – Crisp had been incredibly impressive so far.
Yep. At least it’s not a pitcher.
This is really not good, at all. Knowing the Sox FO, 10 days is just a smokescreen to keep people in a happy mood for the opener tomorrow, thru next Monday’s festivities (Patriots Day). All it does is buy them time and I guarantee after 10 days, he’ll be put on the 15 or 30 day DL, retroactive to some date or other. I hope they are using this downplaying to try and flip Wily Mo and/or Pedroia for someline like a Jeremy Reed or Mike Cameron.
They’ll probably put him on the DL by tomorrow and call up Mohr; they won’t wait for two weeks to do that. As for trying to trade for Reed or Cameron, until there’s more on the injury and how serious it really is (which by all reports they can’t know until they take the finger out of the splint in 10 days), this is just crazy talk. If Schilling and Beckett stay healthy and their first few starts are an indicator, the Sox should be able to weather 2,3, or even 4 weeks without Crisp. If it’s longer and other guys come down with injuries then options should be considered. Until that bad situation occurs (if it occurs), this is just part of a normal season – guys get hurt. The Sox have to deal with it with their depth, not by panicky trades.
Crap. Crap crap crap crap crap…
Well, I think some combination of Adam Stern and Wily Mo Pena can provide replacement level production, but this isn’t a good way to head into the home opener. Let’s hope Coco is a fast healer.
Better this happen in April than September, I suppose.
Whoa. Let’s slow down here. The guy busted his knuckle up, not break his femur. For Christ’s sake, he’ll be fine in a couple weeks. For now, Stern is an adequate replacement defensively and will give all he can offensively. Why would the Red Sox get rid of the guy they think is going to fill the second base vacancy for someone like Reed or Mike Cameron? Pedroia is valued by the Sox, and they probably feel that calling up Morh, who had a borderline excellent spring makes more sense than jumping off the bridge over a busted up finger.
Take a few deep breaths, guy – it’s May 10th.
Kind of agree with Brad here. Let’s not go off the deep end.
Sure, they’ll miss Coco, but this is a deep, balanced team that has won despite Manny and Papi having yet to really hit with power. Hell, last year, they won 95 games without a true closer or ace.
The only trade we should consider making over the next couple of months is the one that gets us Dontrelle Willis. ;)
Looks like the Kool-Aid stand is open early in Sox-land. Enjoy.
What’s kool-aid is that? The Willis trade? Make no bones about it, Nate – some team, outside of Florida, is going to end up with this guy on their staff this year.
Maybe the Yankees will step up and offer Cano and the entire AA squad for him – making it a rare good move for them.
Ha. C’mon Walein, have a sense of humor. How’s the weather out there today?
Yeah, what Kool-Aid? Seems like the majority of what I have read, both in these parts and elsewhere, points to Sox fans taking the Coco thing in stride, however disappointing it might be. From my standpoint I think it stinks, since Coco was looking like a seamless substitute for Damon and I was really entertained by his play, but it’s a short term thing in the best case. Stern’s a downgrade, but the Sox are deep and they seem to have decent pitching, which is a huge fallback. The injury is a drag, big time, but the Sox’ current roster should surely be able to survive.
Hey, SF. No Strawberry sightings this weekend – however, it would have made the whole experience a little better if I could have seen a childhood favorite.
“Looks like the Kool-Aid stand is open early in Sox-land. Enjoy.”
Perhaps, but at least we actually have something of value to offer up in the minor leagues and then some~
I have to say. It’s bad news in general. No one wants someone named Coco Crisp not to play. Just bad for baseball.
Is there no W Mo Pena? Is he strictly right?
yeah, i remember reading at trade time that wily has played center, although also that he’s gotten bigger and slower
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