Saturday, September 02, 2006

It is truly unbelievable what is happening to the Red Sox.

The Sox announced yesterday that 22-year-old pitching prospect Jon Lester was diagnosed with a form of lymphoma. Having been through cancer treatment myself (although a totally different type of cancer), I can imagine how he feels. Fortunately, it appears that he has a type of cancer that is very treatable. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jon as he goes through this.

The good news is that Big Papi appears to be OK. The doctors at Mass General are attributing his problems to stress and exhaustion.

On the more "normal" injury front, two of the Sox top pitchers, Jonathan Papelbon and Curt Schilling, are hurt as well. Schilling has a pulled lat muscle and will miss a start. Papelbon felt a burning sensation in his right shoulder during last night's win against the Blue Jays. He said it still felt tight today and we won't know how bad the injury is until he has an MRI on Monday.

So, as of right now, September 2, this is the list of players unavailable to the Red Sox:

Curt Schilling
Jon Lester
Tim Wakefield
Matt Clement
Jonathan Papelbon
David Ortiz
Manny Ramirez
Jason Varitek
Alex Gonzalez
Trot Nixon

Did I miss anyone?


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