Spring training has begun, and already the Red Sox are dealing with ridiculous injury fun!
It's spring, and you know what that means! Depressing injury news that takes all the life out of the season before it even begins!
Okay, maybe I'm being a bit too dramatic. So far, we've only had one gunshot wound! And the lightning that hit Jacoby Ellsbury's plane didn't actually do any harm (at least to him), so all things considered we're off to a good start.
Still, we've got our first actual in-camp injury to deal with, and some other less negative news too. Let's get to it:
Clay Buchholz is the first victim of camp, pulling up with a hamstring strain while covering first base in the very first round of pitcher fielding practice. Of course. Still, while the Red Sox can hardly afford to be losing starting pitchers, it sounds like they won't have to deal with that just yet. John Farrell and the team doctors seem to think that the injury is minor, and given that there's still plenty of time left until opening day, it hardly seems likely to set him back at all.
At least not until it turns out he was actually hit by a bus or something. That's just how Red Sox injuries work.
Mike Napoli, meanwhile, is in the same situation as before, which means his hip is pretty much Schrodinger's Cat at any given point. With that in mind, Nick Cafardo says the Sox will be keeping him away from first base until they get a new MRI to tell them just exactly how his hip is looking.
Any time an MRI is involved it sounds bad, but it doesn't seem like this is really news so much as it is just the team being cautious with the same situation we've known about for a while now. John Farrell, for what it's worth, expects Napoli will be on the field in a week's time, so we shouldn't be worrying any more about Napoli lasting the season than we already were.
In purely good injury news, David Ortiz doesn't sound at all worried about his Achilles tendon. While he told Sean McAdam he "thinks" he'll be ready for Opening Day--yeah, not the most reassuring way to say that, I'll admit--he backs it up by saying he's "pain free." Hopefully that means Ortiz' old injury is completely gone and he's just hedging his bets against acts of God here. And, given what Ellsbury had to deal with, that might not be such a bad idea.