With the startling news that Dustin Pedroia could possibly be out up to a month, this brings back the woes of the injury bug from years past. Last year's Red Sox crew proved that there is no such thing as "too much depth" with all of the call-ups of Kalish, Nava, Reddick etc.
Sox nation must be wondering who will fill the hole at second base. Well, here is a list of four possibilities to fill the hole until Pedroia comes back.
Marco Scutaro made his first start at shortstop yesterday after being activated from the disabled list. Unfortunately, it was for a suffering Lowrie.
If Scutaro and Lowrie's injuries clear up nicely, then there should be no problem keeping Scutaro at short and Lowrie at second until Pedroia returns. And this move gives Boston the opportunity to recall a pitcher—possibly Scott Atchison?
We have all heard it: Jose Iglesias is the Red Sox shortstop of the future.
Well, now is the time to let him show us what he has. We have heard of the stellar defensive skills and now is the perfect opportunity for him to prove he is the shortstop of the future. We don't know how Scutaro will play with his tender oblique, and Lowrie could definitely use the help from the nagging shoulder injury he suffered while colliding with Carl Crawford.
As of now, Jed Lowrie is the shortstop for the first-place Boston Red Sox.
Yes, free agent Bill Hall.
Hall had a less-than-stellar stint with the Houston Astros, and the man learned how to hit at Fenway last season. Hall is more than capable of playing every infield and outfield position for the Sox, and could serve as a viable utility player once Pedroia comes back.
And if he doesn't perform...no big deal, the Sox have plenty of other options.
The fourth and my personal favorite option.
Wait, just imagine arguably the best lineup in baseball plus Jose Reyes. With the whole "Bernie Madoff lawsuit" it is a possibility that the Mets are looking to free up some cash, and Boston could be the place to move him. A couple of minor league prospects and a player to be named later or two, and you have the best lineup in baseball.
No, it's not like the Red Sox have not thought of the idea, and yeah, it's a long shot—but hey, you never know...
Knowing Pedroia's toughness and love of the game, I wouldn't expect him to miss a large amount of time. He missed too much time last year and is a key part of the Red Sox. He is set to return to Boston to have the knee examined by Red Sox medical staff.