The Red Sox season is basically over at this point, and now the team is hoping that all of their key pieces can stay relatively healthy until season’s end and they can focus on 2016. That job became much harder last night when Mookie Betts barreled into the Red Sox bullpen attempting to rob a home run. He left the game, and ESPN reports that he now shows symptoms of a concussion after some post-game testing last night. This after de facto captain Dustin Pedroia is on his second stint on the DL with an apparent hamstring injury, and ace (for lack of a better term) Clay Buchholz will be out until mid-September at the earliest with a strained flexor muscle.
This could potentially be a big loss for the team, as he is recognized as the 11th most valuable trade piece behind guys like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, according to ESPN. John Farrell told ESPN that Mookie Betts has been experiencing light-headedness after the game. Betts will likely be placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, established a few years ago.
For a team well out of contention, and already suffering key losses, losing one of the best young players in the game is another huge setback, but that’s just how this season has gone for the Red Sox. Nothing is going right on the field, or off the field, en route to a 3rd last place finish in 4 years. If they haven’t already, the Red Sox should start focusing on 2016, and trying to work in as many of their young prospects into the major league roster as they can over the last 2 months. The good news, if any, is that this will open the door for Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr., especially on the heels of the Shane Victorino deal.
I’m sure I’m not alone in hoping this concussion is not too serious, and hoping Betts can get back into the lineup as soon as he can.