Well this just sucks, seriously the Sox have been slumping of late and we lose two players in one day.
As I said in an earlier article, our depth is thin enough already, the last thing we need to do is lose more players and what do we get–two men on the shelf. Ryan Hanigan, who had three passed balls on Saturday, was removed due to a neck strain (likely from the whiplash from watching the ball go by him every other pitch), while Blake Swihart‘s is much more series as he banged into the left field wall running down a foul ball.
Swihart was gripping his knee upon hitting the ground after his collision, but was able to walk off the field under his own power after being helped halfway to the dugout. He is speaking with a foot specialist to talk about the possible injuries at play and then a treatment as he will be on the shelf for some time.
It’s a huge blow; while Hanigan didn’t bring much offensively he was a solid backstop and will be missed. Meanwhile Swihart seemed to be coming into his own at the plate as the switch hitting outfielder/catcher showed speed on the basepaths and provided plenty of pop at the bottom of the order.
Now we’ll have Chris Young and Sandy Leon to fill in with as our “best offense ever” is falling apart and being replaced with the Island of Misfit Toys.