It used to be the hamstring that sidelined player after player.
In the 2010's there are two injuries "du decade" that no team
can seem to avoid...the Tommy John surgery spurring elbow ligament tear, and
the ultra chic oblique strain. The Tigers Brennan Boesch is the pool
winner for first oblique problem of spring 2013.
Boesch, heading into his fourth season with Detroit, strained his right oblique during batting practice Saturday. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 27-year old outfielder from Santa Monica, California, will be forced to miss Sunday workouts. He expects to miss a few days in order to be ready when the exhibition games begin.
“It’s February. I don’t want to take any chances right now,” Boesch said. “Get it over with so I can get plenty of at-bats in Spring Training."Boesch may find himself squeezed out of the Tigers picture this spring. The team has stated that the lefty swinger and thrower will have to win a job on the team. The signing of Torii Hunter, the emergence of Andy Dirks, and the return from knee surgery by DH Victor Martinez has left Boesch without a spot amongst the starters. It has been speculated that Boesch could be traded, with the outfielder-starved New York Mets considered a primary destination.
Boesch just needs to be on the field. “I’m optimistic I’ll be out there in the next day or two. The most important thing is not rushing it so I get all the at-bats I need in spring to compete and to prepare for the season.”