You gotta love the way the Red Sox have handled the White Sox, Tigers and Yankees (with one game to go in that series) over the last week.
Add in a Rays tailspin and Boston has built an eight game lead in the AL East (and 9.5 in the wild card – let’s hope the Sox don’t need to monitor that).
Not to get too far ahead with 18 games to play in the season but things were shaping up for the Red Sox to start lining the team up for the playoffs when – boom! – Jacoby Ellsbury gets a foot injury.
Ellsbury is still in the process of getting the injury checked out – but flashes of Dustin Pedroia in 2010 are on the radar.
Remember when Pedroia banged a batted ball off his foot in June 2010 and basically missed the rest of the season?
The extent of Ellsbury injury is not known – no word yet after an examination by Red Sox doctors. But Ellsbury is already making plans to go out to Colorado for a second opinion.
Jackie Bradley Jr. played center field today for Boston.
Right now – the Ellsbury injury is watch this space for a definitive word.
The Red Sox have proven to be very resilient this season – but an Ellsbury injury for the playoffs would be a big test at a tough time.
Napoli on Fire
In his last ten games, Mike Napoli is hitting .361 (13 for 36) with 5 HRs – including a grand slam today.
The Sox hope this is just the start of an extended streak for Napoli.
Napoli and Will Middlebrooks (12 for 35, .343, 3 HRs) are delivering the right-handed hitting performance Boston looked for from this pair this season.