By La Velle
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire checked his troops this morning and came back with the following:
Joe Crede’s right hand is still sore after being hit with a Dave Bush pitch yesterday. So Brian Buscher is at third base. The medical staff believes it’s just a deep bruise.
“Swollen,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t want to screw with something like that. Plus the astroturf thing, the day game after a night game thing.”
Joe Mauer has general catcher’s soreness. As much as Gardenhire wants to start him, Mike Redmond will play today. “It’s time,” Gardenhire said. “This is a stretched of 20 games in a row, and he’s caught or DH’d in all of them.”
“Still light-headed,” Gardy saiu.I can’t take that chance of sending him out there. Says if I need him today I can play him, but that’s scary to me.”
Gardenhire has to look at the big picture, especially with Mauer.
“We all know you have to give them a break. When you’ve got the days scheduled and you give them a week or ten days, that’s easier. But when you go 20 days, that’s not easy. Morneau, you give him a DH day but he’s still playing. The DH day I think helps him. And the same with the catcher. We’re in a situation where he may be the best player in the league, and it’s really hard to sit him down…but you have to. You can’t take a chance to wear him out. He needs a break like every other catcher.”
And Carlos Gomez, in what might be the injury of the year, needed two stitches in his head after getting caught in the revolving door while entering the stadium this morning. But he’s in the lineup.
Back to previous programming.
Great day to be inside to watch baseball – I’m running out of chances to write that one.
By the way, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone with the Brewers gets plunked during the first game there on June 23. The two Twins who were hit had homered in the game – plus one of them is the all-world catcher. The last thing you want to see is someone with a hand or wrist problem try to swing a bat.
One Twins player reminded me that Justin Morneau was hit on the elbow during Saturday’s game, so there’s a case building.
Scott Baker on Sunday finally made the adjustment he’s been trying to make. He was taller in his delivery, which helped him get a good downward angle on his pitches. He said he’s been working hard with pitching coach Rick Anderson to get that angle back, and he had it on Sunday. His stuff looked sharper, too.
Red Sox (26-18)
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. Jason Bay, LF
5. Mike Lowell, DH
6. Rocco Baldelli, RF
7. Jason Varitek, C
8. Jeff Bailey, 1B
9. Julio Lugo, SS
Pitching: Brad Penny
1. Carlos Gomez, CF
2. Matt Tolbert, 2B
3. Justin Morneau, 1B
4. Jason Kubel, DH
5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
6. Brian Buscher, 3B
7. Mike Redmond, C
8. Delmon Young, LF
9. Nick Punto, SS
Pitching: Francisco Liriano