Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara finished Thursday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox, letting members of Red Sox Nation exhale about the righty’s bum shoulder.
Uehara isn’t alone, as the Red Sox got more good news about some of their players that have been dinged-up over the last few days. Outfielder Shane Victorino will workout with the team in Boston, and then will be sent on a three-game rehab-assignment, most likely in Pawtucket, according to ESPN.com.
First baseman Mike Napoli returned to Boston’s lineup last night after missing one game due to a dislocated ring-finger he sustained earlier in the week.
And finally, after having a scare regarding a sore left wrist, second baseman Dustin Pedroia has played in consecutive games and has shown no ill-effects from the injury. It wasn’t that long ago that Red Sox great Nomar Garciaparra hurt his wrist, forcing him to miss extended periods of time, and also, taking away some of his quickness with the stick.
Will Middlebrooks has yet to begin his rehab-assignment, but that is mainly because of a fever that has been bothering the Sox third baseman since the middle of the week.
Every day the Red Sox inch closer to full-strength. They have struggled with the bats somewhat this season, while the starting pitching has been outstanding. With all of these bats coming back to the roster, we should start to see more Sox players crossing home plate, giving these pitchers the run-support we are accustomed to seeing from recent Boston clubs.