Two closers, the starting right fielder, the backup catcher, and the designated hitter have spent time on the disabled list this season for the Red Sox.
Joel Hanrahan is out for the season after the team thought he could straighten out the back end of the bullpen after last year did not go so well without Jonathan Papelbon. Andrew Bailey who was acquired last year in hopes of replacing Papelbon, went on the disabled list and then performed poorly and was removed from the closers role. Shane Victorino who got a nice big contract this off season has been a great character guy but has had some trouble staying on the field and was limping last night after tracking down a fly ball. David Ross who was brought in to help the pitching staff has unfortunately had two concussions and is on the 60 day disabled list. Ross may be able to help the staff in September. David Ortiz, the only injured player of the bunch who started the season on the disabled list, has hit the cover off the ball since his return and leads the team in RBI even after missing nearly the whole month of April. With his next hit he will have the most hits all time as a designated hitter.
Injuries are a part of baseball and it really tests the depth of an organization and the general managers job.
If two months ago you told me Brock Holt and Jose Iglesias would be the Red Sox left side of the infield I would have laughed in your face. The bottom two in the lineup have performed well and played well defensively. Holt who was a middle infielder did not play all that much third base until Xander Bogaers got called up to Pawtucket so he slid over to third. Holt, the other piece acquired in the Joel Hanrahan trade had a rough April in Pawtucket but has been performing much better of late which landed him a call up. It seems he will get the starts against the right handed pitchers for the time being with Brandon Snyder getting the starts against lefties. Snyder, who made a costly error at third in Saturday night’s game in Anaheim, might be on the bench for a while because of his defense at third. These two of course are playing third because opening day third baseman Will Middlebrooks was demoted to Pawtucket. Last week he hit two home runs and had eight runs batted in one game. The Middlebrooks problem is his consistency. He may have two home runs in one game but then go o-4 the next three. At bats every day is what he needs and I feel he will be brought up after the All Star Break if he can prove something this upcoming weekend. Stephen Drew who may always be compared to his brother, which I feel is unfair, is on the disabled list as well and might not have a job when he comes back because of Iglesias performing so well.