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John Farrell has a funny definition of “injuries”

Feb 12, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT


Sean McAdam of spoke with Red Sox manager John Farrell about Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow. The topic: the “precautionary approach” the Sox are taking with these two.  So, Farrell, about this precautionary approach. Are Doubront and Breslow injured?

“Not because of injury situations,” stressed John Farrell, “just because of some discomfort and overall (lack of) strength that they felt during their long-toss programs. Both of those guys will be a little bit held back — more precautionary than anything.  When they got aggressive in their long-toss programs, there was some sensation in there, a little bit of irritation. We want to be clear that it’s not an injury situation.”

To sum up: when you’re feeling discomfort, unusual sensations, irritation and you lack strength, that’s not an injury.

Good to know that no one in Boston is going on the DL short of being hit by a bus this season.

  1. Glenn - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Discomfort and soreness are not injuries. I don’t see the problem with what Farrell said.

    • hammyofdoom - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      To me there was always a distinct difference between “Injured” and “hurt”. Being injured meant that you were going to be out of commission from what ever you were doing for some time and was some sort of significant pain/damage. Being hurt is something, at least to me, that is nagging and more along the “sore” and “achy” side of things that might be unpleasant but in the grand scheme is not a big deal. Now, if sore elbows turned out to be a strained/damaged ligament then THAT would certainly be an injury.

  2. Charles Gates - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I get the snark, and it may be warranted, however anyone that uses their body for a living whether it be in sports (which I played in college) or for manual labor (which I did for awhile) knows that everyday is filled with discomfort, irritation and lack of strength. It doesn’t mean you’re injured though.

    • paperlions - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I’m in my 40s, as far as I can tell, “discomfort, irritation, and lack of strength” pretty much sum up life from here on out.

    • Cris E - Feb 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Agreed, but at this point in the season they have the flexibility to step back a bit and let some of this discomfort subside, so they’re taking advantage of it. Farrell likes to hear himself talk sometimes, but it makes perfect sense not to push it before Valentine’s Day. If you want to make fun, wait until guys start playing through stuff while pumped to the withers with tranquilizers or antifreeze or whatever else the team is issuing this year. That’s what warrants attention. This is sensible.

      Also, the Boston media has a tendency to overreact to certain words, and INJURED in one of them. Soft-pedaling hot button words is just how you need to roll in Beantown.

  3. rdillon99 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Suck it, Farrell.

  4. unclemosesgreen - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Bryce Brentz? He’s not injured either. He just has a small hole on one side of his leg and a larger hole on the other side. We’re just going to hold him back a little, you know, let the holes fill in some.

  5. ningenito78 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I don’t understand how what Farrell said can be translated to ‘you need to be hit by a bus to go on the DL’. I’m starting to think your name should be Craig Troll Calcaterra.

  6. yankschase28 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Hopefully another long year in boston

  7. jm91rs - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I’d say his definition is pretty similar to every other person in professional sports. Soreness or discomfort does not equal injury in the sports world.

  8. cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    “You keep using that word…I do not think it means what you think it means.” Love it.

    • cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Wow…its getting rough when you get a thumbs down for Inigo Montoya.

  9. vallewho - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    …not when they have Toradol.

    • protius - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      or Tramadol

  10. unjured - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Their arms are only mostly dead

    • cackalackyank - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      In other news it remains to be seen if Farrell has been cast into the Pit of Despair.

  11. albertmn - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I agree that Craig may have gone a little overboard (too narrative?) trying to make this more of a story than it is. But, if they had the same condition in the regular season and couldn’t pitch for a week or two, I bet it would be an “injury” so they could put them in the DL and call someone up.

    • weaselpuppy - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Time to call Miracle Max….and to sign Antonio Alfonseca so they’d have a 6 fingered man…

    • orelmiraculous - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Narrative,albertmn? As we all know, Craig is the only sports writer immune to such tomfoolery:

  12. hitdog042 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    This writer is a moron.

  13. drewzducks - Feb 13, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    So is Clay Buchholz injured on the first day of training camp or did he just hurt himself when he bent over to tie his shoe lace?

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