Sox have been on a recent downward slide and off to a very poor start to their West Coast road trip. Amongst their bullpen issues now Boston's outfield has taken a couple hits,Jacoby Ellsbury is day to day with an "irritation" in his left wrist which occured on a swing in an at bat during Sunday's loss to the Angels. Also right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) is once again banged up and missing action for the Sox. According to manager John Farrell Victorino was available in last night's game but only in an emergency situation.
s also taken a couple rough hits.
Last night's game in Seattle was one of the ugliest lineups/outfields the Red Sox have had in quite sometime. Daniel Nava got his first career start in center field, while Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes took left & right field respectively. Both the manager and GM Ben Cherington agreed what they put out their last night wasn't ideal but they also don't believe it will continue for too long.
“We had a discussion about whether we needed to do anything there, and we felt like both (Ellsbury and Victorino) were not candidates to be DL’d or anything at this point,” Cherington said. “So, we decided to remain with the status quo. We’ll keep an eye on it day to day. It’s obviously not a situation we want to be in for too long.”
With their recent outfield injuries and seeings as though both Ellsbury and Victorino have had hard times staying on the field, it appears the Sox could be looking to add outfield depth as well by the trade deadline. But until that happens they will have to plug their holes from within. In saying this, reports are saying that Jackie Bradley Jr. will be called up from Pawtucket for tonight's game in Seattle. It is still unknown who will be sent down to make room on their 25 man roster but hopefully JBJ can provide a much needed spark for the Sox.