No need to panic. Nope. None at all. (Meanwhile, Tony Massarotti is 905 words of thrilled he finally has some doom-n-gloom to write about).
Wow, by March 3, I haven’t taken my panic button out of its bubble-wrap yet. Wasn’t the proviso on Penny back when the Sox signed him (and the rest of the Junkyard Dogs) that we would be happy to get anything out of him/any of them? Did I miss a memo somewhere?
I guess I’d be more worried about Drew if I knew what the procedure was exactly, or what it meant. Gone for the year: bad. Balky back: normal.
One, Penny isn’t being counted on for much. Two, as the article points out, he doesn’t have to pitch for six weeks because of the early season schedule. I am not sure I will worry about Penny, ever. If he contributes, then great. If not, not my money.
As for Drew, well, we’re going to have to deal with this all season I think. Such are bad backs. Hopefully he’s healthy enough.
From Mazz: At the same time, can be it a good sign when the Red Sox’ No. 5 starter and starting right fielder are already encountering physical issues?
Great English from a great professional.
I’m with SF/FSP, Penny doesn’t worry me at all… if he’s bad we always have Buchholz/Bowden/Masterson to make some starts. Drew, however, scares the shit out of me. I tweaked my lower back about four years ago and it still gives me trouble every now and then.
For the record, I remain thoroughly unworried about both these situataions, particularly Penny. But there’s not much else out there to write about (as evidenced by the aforementioned vomit-on-a-computer-screen from Tony Mazz).
these guys aren’t happy unless they’re stirring up crap. Maybe that’s a legacy from years of Boston sports covering, I don’t know. I much prefer interesting stories on player’s background and insightful use of new metrics. Oh wait, can’t get that from normal reporters.
when the Red Sox’ No. 5 starter and starting right fielder are already encountering physical issues
Really, Mazz could have just made this story about Drew. Including the #5 starter in the lede is just there to make it sound worse. Just think, how’d the Sox do with a horrific #5 last year?! I stopped reading after this line.
For that matter, it seems completely oblivious of the fact that the Sox have Justin Masterson and John Smoltz behind him — both of whom could easily in 2009 outperform Penny even if he’s healthy. Just garbage all the way around. Between Massarotti and Shaughnessy, the Globe’s baseball commentary simply isn’t worth the time or effort tor ead it.
this kinda reminds me of the posada thread from a few days ago…does one, or in this case two, players make a team?…lose penny, you lose nothing…remember, low risk / high reward…i’m surprised he was already labeled the #5, although i guess someone’s name has to be penciled in, even this early…as for drew, slightly different story, but again his issues are not news…we had some very lively debate about it back when the sox decided to gamble the big bucks on him…it’s naive to think someone with chronic back problems would suddenly be better once they changed uniforms…high risk / high reward…so, they have [had] a plan to work around his occasional stints on the DL, which had been a pattern for his career, but the kotsay injury puts a crimp in that for the moment, and baldelli’s role will be determined by his own health…maybe i’ll be accused of giving the rest of the sox way to much credit, but i think you can be just fine [like last year] without drew for stretches of time…or, bring back coco
I loathe, loathe, loathe Mazz, and wouldn’t mind seeing him and ol’ Curly Headed Boyfriend take a tour of the Charles in a leaky Duck Boat. Read the Herald. For McAdam, anyway.
The injuries are the least surprising news yet. This is why we have depth. No need for alarm.
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