Daily Red Sox Links: David Ortiz, Carl Crawford, Franklin Morales

BOSTON, MA - JULY 17: Franklin Morales #46 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the game on July 17, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The big story around these parts right now is the injury to David Ortiz that occurred as he was rounding second base on Adrian Gonzalez's home run in Monday night's game against the White Sox. As of last night, when this is being written, the word is that Ortiz didn't tear anything, and it appears he will avoid a stint on the DL. In his typical fashion, Eric Wilbur used this opportunity to declare that the sky is falling, while being sure to include some snark regarding the Youkilis trade. (Eric Wilbur; Boston.com)

  • Speaking of the Ortiz injury, Rich Levine recovered an interesting tidbit that reveals Ortiz suffered a very similar injury last year. (Rich Levine; Comcast Sports Net NE)
  • In addition to the Ortiz injury, Boston is also buzzing about the return of Carl Crawford. Much of the buzz is negative, due to his horrendous 2011, but in his two games back from the disabled list, he sure looks more like the Tampa version of himself again. (Tim Britton; Providence Journal)
  • Also announced yesterday was the fact that Franklin Morales is moving back to the bullpen while Aaron Cook, he of the 0.6 strike outs per nine innings, will remain in the rotation. While the move seems silly at first glance, there may be more rhyme and reason than is immediately apparent. (John Leary; Green Line Outfit)

  • The AL East is definitely amongst the best divisions in baseball, with exactly one team holding a record below .500, and Toronto is just one game below. To go with such an interesting divisional race, here's an equally interesting look at said division, and how it will shake out. (Nick Fielder; Hardball Times)
  • As baseball fans, most of us were drawn to the game as a young child. Many of us saw that love grow as we aged, while some saw it decrease. Here is a fascinating read of a former baseball fan who fell out of love with the game, and is on his way back into its embrace. (Ben Cohen; Baseball Prospectus)
  • Over on the main MLB page at SB Nation, this article was written about the most surprising competitor the Sox have for the final AL Wild Card spot, and how they should deal with their unexpected success. (Grant Brisbee; Baseball Nation)
  • Yesterday, Keith Law wrote a piece on some farm systems that are on the upswing, and others that are not so fortunate. Our Red Sox made the group consisting of the risers, mainly due to the Killer B's. (Keith Law; ESPN) ($$$$$$)
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