The Boston Red Sox are busy re-tooling their ball club this winter. However, they have returning players from the 2012 team that can contribute if they can stay healthy. Here are your injury updates for the Red Sox.
- John Lackey was drawing some trade interest earlier this winter, but that seems to have died down as the Red Sox made it clear they wanted to see what he could do in 2013. Lackey missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
- Andrew Bailey missed most of the 2012 season with a thumb injury. He was supposed to be the Sox' replacement for Jonathan Papelbon. However, Papelbon went on to have a successful year in Philadelphia while Boston was left to scramble to find viable closer options. Bailey is expected to be healthy in 2013, but he will not be their closer. As ESPN Boston points out in their State of the Sox piece, the club will use newly acquired Joel Hanrahan as their closer. This would leave Bailey as a potential set-up man. If he can put up numbers anywhere close to the ones he put up in Oakland, Bailey would make the Boston bullpen potentially dominant.
- Mike Napoli's hip condition, as we discussed earlier today, is holding up his contract with the club. This means the team may need to look for alternate first base/catcher/DH options. One potential target may be Adam LaRoche.
Boston has done a lot to turn the team around. They had a terrible year in 2012, but they look like they will be much improved in 2013. However, even with all the improvement, the Red Sox may still be the worst team in the American League East on paper. They will need everyone healthy and performing at the levels the club expects for them to make a run.