Perhaps one of the larger struggles that this Red Sox team has had all season is the ability to put a completely healthy team out to play every night. Things finally appear to be turning around for the oft-injured Red Sox.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are moving closer to rehab assignments as they have begun to take batting practice at Fenway with the rest of the team. Getting those two players would be better than anything the Sox could possibly do at the trading deadline with their current roster.
Andrew Bailey threw 25 pitches off a mound on Thursday, and he will throw several more times off a mound before heading down to Fort Myers to throw live batting practice. The hope is that he will be ready to go at some point in August.
Josh Beckett’s shoulder injury is very little cause for concern as there is no structural damage and he just needs to rest it up.
If you believe him, Dustin Pedroia says that his thumb was not re-aggravated on Tuesday night. He has been struggling mightily at the plate in June, and it would be great to see his thumb heal up so that he can be the All-Star player that we know and love.
The Red Sox are just 3 games out of playoff spot and appear to be getting healthy at just the right time. I’m still not sure they have enough pitching to get past the Rays and Angels, but they’ll at least have an opportunity to catch up to those teams if they’re healthy.