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Boston Red Sox Injury Report: Infielders Inching Closer To Return

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Boston Red Sox Injury Report: Infielders Inching Closer To Return, Pitchers Getting Closer As Well

The Boston Red Sox injury report is starting to show positive signs across the board.

“We have a number of encouraging things on the rehab front,” manager John Farrell said.

Below we have updates on Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, Josh Rutledge, and Jason Groome.

Utility Infielders Getting Closer To Return

Brock Holt started a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and was 1 for 3 as the designated hitter Saturday. He started in left field Sunday and went 0 for 3 in a 14-7 loss to Scranton.

Holt, who is recovering from concussion symptoms believed related to vertigo, is likely to stay in the minors through the All-Star break.

The issue with his rehab assignment has been the log of third basemen ahead of him in Pawtucket. Both Pablo Sandoval and Jhonny Peralta are both in Pawtucket not allowing Holt to get too much time at third.

Holt did, however, take grounders at third ahead of Monday’s game in Pawtucket.

Sandoval, on the other hand, is rehabbing an inner ear infection that placed him on the 10-day-dl. With the PawSox, the third basemen is 7-for-25 in six games with one home run and three RBIs.

The other utility player recovering from injury is Josh Rutledge. Rutledge is recovering from a concussion and took batting practice at McCoy on Sunday. But with the PawSox going on the road on Tuesday, Rutledge has traveled to the team facility in Fort Myers, Fla. He is expected to meet up with Boston in Tampa Bay this week but will still need a rehab assignment.

Lefthanded Pitchers On The Mend

The Boston Red Sox currently have three pitchers of note returning from injury.

Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Jason Groome.

Rodriguez will start on Tuesday for Pawtucket in Rochester with a goal of getting to five or six innings and 75-80 pitches. Farrell indicated to the media that it is unlikely Rodriguez would pitch in the majors before the All-Star break.

Brian Johnson, on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, is set to start for Pawtucket on Wednesday. He will have the same pitch and inning limits as E-Rod according to PawSox manager Kevin Boles.

Groome, on the other hand, is three starts into a rehab with the Lowell Spinners He is close to a call-up to the Greenville Drive.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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