A lot of happenings in Fort Myers all of a sudden:
- Julio Lugo will undergo surgery for a possible torn meniscus. You certainly don't wish injuries on anyone, and I've been a bigger Lugo defender than most, but this is certainly a blessing in not much disguise for the Sox, who have insisted on having a tryout for a job that was clearly won last season by Jed Lowrie, whose chances of being a downgrade from Lugo's performance on offense and defense are below zero (don't ask how, they just are).
- Dustin Pedroia should be OK after tests show he actually has a strained ab, not a strained oblique, which is currently the Most Feared Injury in Baseball. This is another piece of ammo for those who think the WBC is at the wrong time. Sure, it's an injury he could have gotten in spring training, and he pulled the muscle hitting soft tosses (not exactly swinging from his heels at a live pitch), but he also said he maybe tried to get to 100 percent too soon to play in the tournament. Love this quote though: “When you have a physique like this, when you’re shredded and everything, something might happen.”
- Talks between the Sox and Jason Bay have been put on hold because of the "unusual marketplace" for corner outfielders. This makes no sense to me, except as a convenient way of blaming the market for the two sides simply being unable to agree on a dollar figure. The Red Sox don't really have much room for wiggling here. Either they sign Bay now for presumably less than he would get as a free agent (surely he understands there would have to be some discount, right?) or they sign him in the offseason at a premium because he'll be the only quality hitter on the market after the Yankees sign Matt Holliday. Unless they want to move Youkilis to left and debut Lars Anderson at first.
- Oh, and Jon Lester's extension is finally official. No formal word on the terms yet.