Oh, man. Here we go. Hearing the news about Shane Victorino‘s strained his hamstring and the fact that he will now be on the 15-day disabled list made me nervous for a whole bunch of reasons.
First of all, the regular season has barely started and the Boston Red Sox already have a key contributor injured. That never is a good sign when a team is trying to repeat to return to the postseason. Second, because Victorino can’t go for Opening Day against the Baltimore Orioles, Boston doesn’t have an outfielder with his defensive capabilities playing everyday. And third, we now know that Grady Sizemore is the center fielder, and he is still a question mark who won’t be playing every single day.
Boston could easily be facing a scenario where their two best defensive outfielders are out of the lineup almost from the word go. This is where having a solid backup outfielder needed to be a part of this roster. You aren’t asking for this player to be a regular — just someone who can be out there for a week to ten days if needed. Jackie Bradley was called up so he could fit that bill easily. He is by far currently their best defensive outfielder.
Baltimore has played Boston very tough over the last few years, and there was a time where one could say that they had the Red Sox’ number. I can see one of Baltimore’s batters late in the game lining a base hit over the head of one of Boston’s outfielders filling in because neither Sizemore or Victorino are out there.
Boston made the right move by putting Victorino on the disabled list. There’s no sense in having him out any longer than needed. As well, the cold weather won’t be good for Victorino’s hamstring. Hopefully John Farrell will get Bradley in there as much as possible.