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If Adrian Beltre can't play today, why was he playing in the All-Star Game?

Jul 15, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

UPDATE: An explanation from Francona makes this sound far less troublesome than it first appeared:

Adrian Beltre had an MRI on his sore left hamstring and manager Terry Francona said the preliminary findings were “pretty good” but decided to hold him out of the starting lineup against the Texas Rangers on Thursday night at Fenway Park. Francona replaced Beltre with Bill Hall at third base for Thursday’s four-game series opener.

“I wasn’t real comfortable playing him tonight,” Francona said. “Hopefully, he’ll go out move around, maybe be available to pinch-hit, play [Friday], that would be, for me, best case. I just think with the travel, I just didn’t have a real good feeling running him out there. Just knowing the way he plays, I didn’t want him hurting himself.”

4:25 P.M.: To review: Adrian Beltre tweaked his hamstring in Sunday’s game and was touch and go for the All-Star Game.  He went to Anaheim, though, and played in the game. Then he came back to Boston and had an MRI on the hammy this morning. The result: Beltre is out of today’s game.

Hurm. I know the All-Star Game counts and everything, but if he’s not well enough to go in a game that counts in the AL East standings, what was he doing playing in Anaheim on Tuesday?

It’s hard to parse who was wrong and who was right in the whole Jacoby Ellsbury broken ribs diagnosis thing, but if Ellsbury was right there, and if Beltre was too hurt to play in the All-Star Game but did anyway, how long until we’re justified in comparing the Red Sox’ handling of injuries to that of the Mets?

Too many unknowns for that now, however. And besides: maybe Beltre wasn’t really hurt until yesterday. I mean, those airport TCBY lines can be treacherous, so perhaps he was injured while connecting in Chicago?

  1. ben s - Jul 15, 2010 at 4:31 PM

    Craig, honestly he could have been injured on the plane. If John Smoltz (who seems to be a fairly intelligent fellow) can send himself to the DL by ironing his shirt while it’s still on him, Beltre could have sat down and missed the chair. You never know.

  2. Utley's hair - Jul 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Hey, Brett Myers injured himself while ALREADY ON THE DL by tripping on his kid’s toys while getting out of the car…or so he would have you believe. Didn’t Jeff Kent get hurt washing his car or something asinine like that?

  3. josh - Jul 15, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Why not just wait for the explanation?

    “I wasn’t real comfortable playing him tonight,” Francona said. “Hopefully, he’ll go out move around, maybe be available to pinch-hit, play [Friday], that would be, for me, best case. I just think with the travel, I just didn’t have a real good feeling running him out there. Just knowing the way he plays, I didn’t want him hurting himself.”

    I think the team is just more cautious than the player is.

    http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2010/07/15/beltre-mri-turns-out-pretty-good/

    (Note: the sentence that says he was scratched from the ASG is obviously wrong.)

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Jul 15, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Comment from RichardInDallas, who still can’t post for some reason:
    Seriously? Beltre was announced as not going to play in the All Star Game due to injury, and Texas Ranger Mike Young is announced as his replacement. Mike starts jumping up and down being all happy about keeping his streak intact, and being the 7th Ranger in the ASG (which would be a team record). But wait! Beltre CAN play after all, and Mike has to watch on TV. He’s very disappointed, and his loving teammate, Tommy “Big Game” Hunter, is going to get revenge for him. He’s been known to “take care of situations” in the past, so the target has already been identified. If YOU were Adrian Beltre, would YOU play tonight?
    RichardInDallas

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