In favor of Disabled Dustin

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In favor of Disabled Dustin

I don't know who we have to thank for Dustin Pedroia's upcoming stay on the disabled list. I don't know who we have to blame for it taking so long in the first place. But I'll unashamedly thank God Shamgod for finally making it happen.

Maybe it's screwed up to celebrate one of your best players making a trip to the DL, but this was a long time coming with Pedroia. We all commend his effort. We all respect his willingness to play through all sorts of pain. We all wish there was an entire team of guys who loved the game as much as the Sox de facto Captain. (Sorry, Papi. Please don't get angry).

That being said, it's enough with the thumb. He should have gone on the DL when he injured it originally. He should have gone on the DL when he re-aggravated it a few weeks later. Yeah, I know. The Sox said that the re-aggravation was unrelated, that it was more of just a scare. Just like they claim that the latest incident had nothing to do with the original injury; that this time it was a different part of his thumb.

Right. So you're saying Pedroia has three separate, unrelated injuries on one thumb?

That's ridiculous. No one believes that.

But fortunately, the Sox have come to their senses and realized one or all three of the following things . . .

1. The thumb isn't getting better.

2. It's utterly pointless to let Pedroia have a say in whether he's healthy enough to play. You might as well save your breath and put him in the line-up.

3. Injured Dustin Pedroia isn't as good as healthy Dustin Pedroia. In other words, it hurts a lot more to take the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP out of the lineup than it does to lose a guy who's hitting .210 with a .282 OBP in the 26 games since he got hurt.

. . . because they're finally sending Pedroia to the DL. And obviously, that sucks. You hate losing him in the line-up, on the field and in the clubhouse especially for this Yankees series but there's no other choice. You either keep him around, and let the thumb haunt the rest of his season, or give some rest so he's ready for the long haul.

By acting now, the Sox can put Pedroia on the DL retroactive to Wednesday, which means he'd be eligible to come back on July 19. Factoring in the conveniently timed All-Star break, and that's only nine more games without their starting second baseman. Not ideal, but if that's what it takes to rescue Pedroia from mediocrity, then it's well worth it.

If he comes back and the thumb's still a pain in the ass? Well, then at least you tried. At least you don't have to listen to assholes like me spew out medical advice from a desk he found on the side of the road.

So, that's that. It looks like Dustin Pedroia is heading to the DL. You hate to see it happen, but you know it had to. Even if it was a month too late.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.