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So far this season the Red Sox offense has yet to get into a rhythm and the team seems to be suffering an injury every night. In the Sox game against the Orioles two night ago infielder Marco Hernandez was removed from the game due to a shoulder injury. Hernandez was filling in for Pablo Sandoval who is on the DL and has no set return date. The Sox also lost starter Steven Wright, an All-Star last year, for the remainder of the season due to a troublesome left knee. The Sox have options to replace Wright including starter Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick got the opportunity to hold down Wright’s spot but he gave up six runs in four innings of work against the Baltimore Orioles. The Sox also opened the season with two critical parts of their bullpen on the DL in Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg. The Red Sox will also be without starter David Price for at least another month. It will be critical for players to step up as this team battles injuries to these key players.
Entering this season the Red Sox were chosen by many to win it all after a blockbuster trade with the Chicago White Sox in which they acquired Chris Sale in exchange for a package of top prospects including infielder Yoan Moncada. Pitchers such as Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez have stepped up amid the injuries after an inconsistent 2016 season for both. They will both be counted on heavily until Price returns from his injury. The Sox still have arguably the best outfield in baseball and a above average infield even without Pablo Sandoval. If the Sox can battle these injuries then they will be a scary team when everyone is healthy, a team that many predicted to win it all.
Written by: Jamie Gatlin