Not What You Want to Hear

Both teams are dealing with key injuries today.

Alex Rodriguez continues to DH as he rests a sore throwing shoulder.

“Just a little bit,” Rodriguez said before New York’s 9-5 loss to Houston. “I certainly wouldn’t miss a game during the regular season, or have to DH. But I think right now, it’s just being smart.”

Of an unknown (but seemingly greater) significance, Josh Beckett was pulled from his start after apparently losing his footing on the mound during warm-up for today’s game seemed to lead to a spate of back spasms.

Josh Beckett said “We’ll just wait and see how it feels tomorrow,” an indication of how uncertain the Red Sox are about how significant his back spasm condition is. Beckett will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Further tests, including an MRI, have not been ruled out. It remains unknown if he will be able to make his next start.

Could have done without that twist to the spring.

5 comments… add one
  • Hmm, I don’t see how this is a season-ending injury. On the other hand, whenever I hear “back spasms” I think “Kyle Farnsworth” so maybe it’s a bigger problem than I thought.

    Adrian-YF March 8, 2008, 10:19 pm
  • A more serious injury happened to Yankee catcher prospect Francisco Cervelli. The Rays are into ‘playing hard’ all season long, so a 24-year old fringe player decided that colliding shoulder-first into Cervelli on a play at home was a good idea. He was out Cervelli is a great defensive catcher – but Cervelli’s wrist is fractured and he’ll probably be out a good while. Girardi is pissed, and rightfully so. The Rays should expect some kind of ‘inside pitch’ tomorrow.

    AndrewYF March 8, 2008, 10:58 pm
  • Or, I guess, Wednesday. When the Yankees play them next.

    AndrewYF March 8, 2008, 11:01 pm
  • Who said anything about season-ending? There is a bit of concern, considering the Red Sox are only 11 days from flying to Japan. Maybe a five-day break and one final start before March 25 is exactly what Beckett needs, but I’d rather my team’s ace not have any injury problems, regardless how minor they appear.
    Also, while I agree you shouldn’t be bowling catchers over in meaningless games, why is the catcher blocking the plate in a meaningless game? Seems that complaint can cut both ways — what if the Rays’ youngster broke his leg trying to get to the plate around a catcher’s shin guard?

    Paul SF March 9, 2008, 1:39 am
  • Gee, I hope no one complains about sitting on a plane for 16 hours twice in one week. Nah, we wouldn’t want that. ;)

    A YF March 9, 2008, 9:15 am

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