Theo Epstein revealed earlier this week that Josh Beckett had an oblique injury that was not just strained but actually torn. The rumors regarding that turned out to be true, and he called Beckett's five-inning effort last Saturday night "heroic." The whole world knew he was still far less than 100% but Beckett gave it his best effort.
Epstein also revealed that Jed Lowrie played most of the 2008 season with a small fracture in his left wrist, and injury he suffered back at Pawtucket in May. An MRI right after the ALCS revealed the injury, and after three weeks of rest, Lowrie should be fine for 2009.
Injuries to Mike Lowell, Papi, Beckett, Lowrie, Papelbon, etc. It really is a miracle the Red Sox got to the ninth inning of Game 7 with a chance to still win the AL pennant.
Also, first base coach Luis Alicea was the only member of Terry Francona's coaching staff not invited to return for 2009, for whatever reason (even Alicea doesn't know).
More on all of these stories at Extra Bases.