The 2017 MLB regular season is just a week old and the Boston Red Sox are already facing a large amount of adversity.
It is difficult enough dealing with any type of injuries related to baseball that come up during any season, but the Red Sox are also worrying about flu that has been running rampant through the clubhouse during the last week.
Each game more questions arise about who will be healthy enough to play for manager John Farrell.
Hanley Ramirez has not played the past three games, while Mookie Betts was sick and missed three games prior to returning to play on Sunday in the Sox victory over Detroit.
Reliever Robbie Ross currently is on the team’s disabled list due to the flu. Reliever Joe Kelly and Brock Holt a utility player have not been able to play at different times during the past week.
It is not as if the team can return home and call it quits. The schedule continues and games need to be played said Dustin Pedroia the team’s star second baseman. He added that the players had a job to be done and each one was doing what they could at the best of their abilities.
Boston is hoping for a split of its four-game series with the Tigers when they will have Chris Sale take the mound Monday against Detroit’s Justin Verlander.
Boston must play Monday without Jackie Bradley Jr, a starting outfielder who hurt a knee on Saturday and missed Sunday’s win.
It is not known how much playing time Bradley will miss, but after illness has ravaged the lineup, Boston might not be back to full strength for some time.
Lefty David Price continues to work his strained left elbow and will hopefully return over the next few weeks.
The defending American League East champions survived the problems thus far. On Sunday, the Sox beat Detroit 7-5, with Matt Barnes a reliever earning the victory with a pair of scoreless innings during his first appearance following time on the bereavement list.
Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts also has been out on the team’s bereavement list.
On Tuesday, the Red Sox return home for a home stand of six games with three against the Baltimore Orioles and three with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Currently Boston is in third place at 3-2 in the AL East one game behind the Orioles and Rays, who are tied for first place.