Drellich: Buck Showalter takes unwarranted shot at Red Sox' flu

Drellich: Buck Showalter takes unwarranted shot at Red Sox' flu

BOSTON -- Buck Showalter might have a head cold himself, because he’s not thinking straight.

The smart, witty and sometimes sharp-tongued manager of the Orioles on Tuesday took a clear shot at the Red Sox, and it was totally unwarranted.

The Red Sox have talked publicly about illnesses that have struck the team — illnesses that, apparently, Showalter thinks should have been downplayed or hidden. Because, apparently, what the Sox are going through is not notable compared to what others are experiencing.

“I don’t know where we are with the flu today,” Showalter told Orioles reporters before Tuesday’s game, including the Baltimore Sun. “I haven’t gotten updated by [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells]. Everybody in the league has had that issue. I’ve had it and it’s a different strain, I’ll tell you. It lingers for a long time. Some of them seem to be a little more noteworthy, it seems like, but our guys have fought their way through it. I know we’ve got a lot of guys that aren’t 100 percent with it, but so do a lot of clubs. So nobody really wants to hear somebody else complain about it. Our guys have done a good job not broadcasting it to the world.”

It’s not an accident Showalter made that comment at Fenway Park before the start of a two-game series. He offered up that commentary without being prompted by a question from Orioles reporters. Showalter's a calculated man, usually.

The only thing the 60-year-old does on accident is forget to use the best reliever in the majors, Zach Britton, in a win-or-go home playoff game. 

(Perhaps Showalter had the flu last October and felt a little dazed, but was too noble to say anything?)

Only one Orioles player has been publicly identified as having the flu, Darren O’Day.

You know why the Sox have identified more? Because they've had to.

This is an apples and oranges discussion. 

There's no way the Sox could have possibly hidden their infirmary. Not when Mitch Moreland is leaving spring early; not when Hanley Ramirez can't even make it to Detroit for a four-game road trip; not when the runner-up for American League MVP, Mookie Betts, is MIA from the lineup. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has nothing but experience in this game. He can't remember something like this in his 40-plus years in baseball. 

The Red Sox have had players quarantined. Quarantined

Staffers — from head trainer Brad Pearson to play-by-play voice Dave O’Brien — have all been affected in some way or another. Players have vomited during games. 

It’s not just the flu the Sox are dealing with, either.

“There’s a stomach flu, there’s a full-blown flu and there’s a respiratory, cold, head, all that stuff,” Farrell said Tuesday when asked to clarify what was going around. “We’ve got a little bit of a MASH unit. But, I mean, the one thing I will say that not anyone has made an excuse. You know, we’ve got to go out and play. No one outside of our walls cares about what we’re going through and we don’t care what others are going through. We’ve got to take care of ourselves and get guys back healthy and we’re getting close to that point.”

Farrell made that comment in his standard 4:20 p.m. pre-game press conference at Fenway Park, which happened before Showalter spoke at Fenway around the time the Orioles stretched an hour later.

It’s almost as though Farrell was trying to head off a possible bad perception. Either word didn’t get back to Showalter, or Showalter didn’t care.

So Showalter wound up taking a really cheap shot, just because the Red Sox didn't have much success this year with the flu shot.

Red Sox-Yankees rained out, will be made up as part of doubleheader July 16

Red Sox-Yankees rained out, will be made up as part of doubleheader July 16

The Red Sox series opener against the Yankees at Fenway Park tonight has been postponed because of rain. 

The game will be made up for a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 16, beginning at 1:05 p.m.

The teams are now scheduled to open what will be a two-game series Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.  Rick Porcello vs. the Yankees' Luis Severino was the scheduled pitching matchup for Tuesday. They'll likely go Wednesday with Red Sox ace Chris Sale facing C.C. Sabathia on Thursday. 

More to come. 

Farrell mum on Pedroia, who seems close to return

Farrell mum on Pedroia, who seems close to return

Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn't want to talk any more about what happened in Baltimore with Dustin Pedroia, Manny Machado and Matt Barnes.

"It’s been addressed, it’s behind us and we focus on an important series as they all are in division," Farrell told SiriusXM MLB Network Radio on Tuesday afternoon, before the scheduled start of a series with the Yankees. "Game of baseball’s going to be played hard."

Asked specifically about Pedroia's comments by host Jim Duquette, Farrell dodged the question.

"Again, like I said, we’ve handled all that’s kind of fallen out from it," Farrell said. "I’m not trying to give you a short answer but we’re moving on."

Pedroia (left knee and ankle) did not need an MRI on Monday, which suggests he'll avoid the DL. Pedroia hasn't played since Machado spiked him Friday.

"Lingering soreness that’s there, but knowing Pedey ... if he’s ready, he’s going to be on the field," Farrell told MLB Network Radio. 

Tyler Thornburg still long tossing

Right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder) needs to get out to about 150 feet of long toss before starting something akin to spring training, where he'll need 7-10 appearances. Farrell expressed hope that Thornburg was close to throwing off the mound and going on assignment.