Monday was a truly awful day for the Red Sox, and not just on the field.
Hideki Okajima entered the game on Monday against the Orioles as the Sox had a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning. He had absolutely nothing, as he allowed four runs, including a bases loaded double to Adam Jones. A fine outing from Tim Wakefield went totally to waste, and it also included Manny Ramirez' 502nd home run, and his third in as many games. Baltimore won, 6-3.
As bad as that was, the news after the game was truly terrible. I was watching the game on the MLB package tonight, and the Oriole announcers had the game. They said early on that the Red Sox would make an announcement on David Ortiz, who had returned to Boston for an MRI, after it was over. I could hear the bells tolling.
And toll they did. The Red Sox announced that Big Papi was being put on the DL, and would probably miss at least a month. Papi has a partially torn sheath of his left wrist, and the tendon in his wrist is not torn, so it appears that surgery is not likely. Surgery would most likely end his season.
Ortiz will be in a cast for two weeks. It will take another 10 to 14 days to begin swinging the bat and getting into playing condition.
It's a big blow to the Red Sox. But championship teams find ways to win. Thank goodness the Sox did not trade Coco Crisp, as Manny Ramirez will probably DH more, along with J.D. Drew. Brandon Moss should be back soon as well, as he's back playing with Pawtucket (and hit three HRs the other night).
Get well soon, Big Papi.