The Boston Red Sox just can’t catch a break this season. The team has not been playing the way that they want all year, and now they have to deal with their two most productive players getting injured in the same game, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez.
During the team’s 5-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, Ramirez was struck by a ball running from first base to second base that was hit by Xander Bogaerts. Not only was Ramirez automatically called out because he was hit, but he was forced to leave the game with a bruised left hand.
To make things even worse, only one inning later, while rounding first base Pedroia suffered a hamstring injury. After being looked at by team doctors, it was determined that Pedroia will have to go on the 15-day disabled list.
For a team in last place in their division, it is hard enough to have to deal with injuries, especially when it’s the two best offensive players in the lineup this year. Pedroia and Ramirez have been two of the very few positive parts to the Sox season. They are the two players who have the best chance at making this years All-Star Game, and they have been improving as the year has gone on.
Ramirez is batting .283 with 15 Home Runs and 38 RBI this year, including a batting average of .341 over the past 24 games. He was one of the big additions to the team this off season, and it seemed that he was finally starting to become the productive player that Sox fans were hoping to see before the season. The one good thing about his injury is that he did not have to go on the disabled list, so it is possible that we could see him back on the field sooner than later.
Pedroia is another story though. His injury seems to be more serious, and all Sox fans know that he is the engine of the team. He has been a consistent fielder and hitter since he’s been in the league, including this season. He has a .306 batting average this year with 14 doubles and 33 RBI.
As a positive-thinking Red Sox fan, I still think that there is a little hope for the team this year. But, it will be tough to make any type of serious run at the playoffs if either of these players is out for a long period of time. Let’s hope that we see these guys back in action soon, and the Sox begin to make some positive strides towards winning baseball.