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Major League Trade Rumors And Injury Roundup: American League

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/9/2013 7:17:28 PM

The start of the Major League Baseball season has done a lot of damage to teams in the American League East, chiefly the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff just took a hit.

American League Injuries And Trade Talks - April 9, 2013

When people in the online sports betting legal realm evaluate the 162-game Major League Baseball season, they have to evaluate pitching depth. If poker games provide a lesson in the importance and centrality of dealers, baseball seasons are little different – pitchers must be able to eat innings and save rotations over the course of six months, and life just got worse for the Boston Red Sox in this regard, following the injury on Saturday to starting pitcher John Lackey.

Even football betting gurus who don't ordinarily follow baseball can appreciate the seriousness of this situation. Lackey’s injury was initially believed to have been very serious, possibly a career-threatening blow. Fortunately for Boston, that does not seem to be the case. The bad news, though, is that it’s hard to see how Lackey is going to be able to maintain long-term consistency at a high level. Here is an overview of the situation from Boston Globe reporter Pete Abraham, in a story published this morning:

“John Lackey is unlikely to make his scheduled start Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a strained right biceps, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday. But Lackey remains on the active roster. As they often do, the Sox have tabled their decision on an injured player to see whether his condition improves. Lackey left Saturday’s game against Toronto in the fifth inning with his arm hanging limply by his side. Subsequent tests, including an MRI, did not show any tear in the muscle, according to Farrell.

“’He’s improved,’ Farrell said. ‘He’s still on a 48-to-72-hour recovery period. There’s no roster move to announce of any kind right now. The most encouraging thing though is following the MRI, it showed some inflammation in the bicep. That’s been it.’”

“Because of the day off Tuesday, the Sox would not need a fifth starter until Sunday. Farrell said that before Lackey gets back on the mound, he would have to go through ‘a good test of some sort.’ That could be an extended bullpen session or a simulated game. There is a loose deadline of sorts for the Sox to make a decision whether to place Lackey on the disabled list.”

Abraham then continues with this assessment of what the Lackey injury could mean for the Red Sox organization in the long run:

“If Lackey cannot start Sunday, Farrell indicated that Alfredo Aceves would be the choice. Aceves has appeared in two games this season, allowing five earned runs over 4? innings.

Lackey’s injury underscores the team’s lack of rotation depth. Four of the starters at Triple A Pawtucket are prospects who are not ready for the majors and the fifth is Terry Doyle, who was signed to a minor league contract after spending five seasons in the White Sox organization.

The Sox are one of the teams interested in righthander Aaron Harang, who turns 35 in a month. The Rockies acquired Harang from the Dodgers Saturday and promptly designated him for assignment with the intent of trading him. Harang was 10-10 with a 3.61 earned run average in 31 starts for Los Angeles last season.”

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