Massarotti on Crawford: 'Wrists are bad'


Massarotti on Crawford: 'Wrists are bad'

There's good news and bad news regarding Carl Crawford's wrist surgery, according to Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub and The Boston Globe,
"The good news is . . . it's a scope," Massarotti said Tuesday on 'Uno Sports Tonight', meaning Crawford is undergoing less-invasive arthroscopic surgery. "Were it a more intrusive surgery, I think there'd be more cause for alarm. For example, when Nomar Garciaparra had his career-altering wrist injury, it was not a scope job. It was a full-blown surgery. So I think we need to wait and see."
The bad news?
"I spoke with somebody on the phone outside the Red Sox organization and I said, 'Here's the deal on Carl Crawford.' And the response was: 'Uh, oh. Wrists are bad'," said Massarotti.
"You never want to mess with a wrist with a hitter. We know the Nomar story, although certainly there might have been other factors in play with Garciaparra. Lyle Overbay had a similar thing in Toronto; he was never the same.
"So the issue now is: What if this guy's never the same player? Then what?"
Then what, indeed?

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff


McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.