The race in the AL East is the most exciting in baseball but the division has the potential to lose two star players.
Red Sox DH David Ortiz said he felt a “click” in his surgically repaired wrist during Boston’s 4-3 loss to the Royals Monday night. And Yankees’ starter Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to have an MRI on his throwing shoulder after leaving Monday’s game with soreness.
“My last at-bat, it kind of pulled back a little bit,” Ortiz said of his wrist. “You feel that click and you get a little concerned about it.”
While Ortiz did not know whether the problem would affect his status for tonight’s game, he knew he might experience some instability in his wrist after tearing a tendon sheath earlier in the season. Ortiz effectively missed two months while resting and rehabilitating the injury, and team medical personnel cautioned him he might feel movement in the joint from time to time.
With Manny Ramirez recently traded to the Dodgers, the last thing the BoSox need is Ortiz to feel any sort of discomfort in his wrist. But it was bound to happen given he just had surgery.
And the Yankees can’t afford Chamberlain going down for any amount of time with the club sitting 5.5 games out of first. This could sink their postseason hopes. (Red Sox fans everywhere smile in unison.)