The Red Sox clubhouse is starting to look like an infirmary.
Today, the defending World Champions and losers of nine games in a row announced that Mike Napoli has been place on the 15 Day DL with a finger sprain, retroactive to yesterday, to make room for Brandon Workman on the 25 man roster. Workman will get the start today.
Napoli joins Will Middlebrooks, Shane Victorino, and Felix Doubront on the DL and many believe that they will soon be joined by Clay Buchholz as well.
Now here’s why this is not necessarily a bad thing: the Red Sox needed a change of pace, badly. The current lineup has not shown the ability to score runs or be productive at all, and these moves allow playing time for Brock Holt, Mike Carp, Brandon Workman, and most intriguing of all, Daniel Nava, who all could be spark plugs for the non-existent offense.
I’m not here to tell you that Nava will be the savior, or that Mike Carp is about to hit .350, but changes needed to occur, because this team has been driving in neutral for the last two weeks, and the lineup that they have putting out hasn’t gotten it done, so a fresh look is not the worst thing. Brandon Workman is supposedly a legitimate Major League starter so it will be nice to see him back on a professional mound.
With Napoli you are losing some middle of the order power, but Mike Carp has been playing well this past week so he could be a very capable replacement. As far as Middlebrooks, don’t expect to see much of him for the time being, because Stephen Drew is coming up in a week and him and Brock Holt will be squeezed off of the diamond, he’s third on the depth chart at third base if you will.
The bottom line is that the Red Sox are entering desperate times, and their play on the field has been disappointing, but don’t allow this latest news about the DL get you down in the dumps because, hey, anything is better than the lineup we had.