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Red Sox Spring Training Starts with Hope and Drama

February 15th 2013 22:45
The Boston Red Sox have opened spring training to the renewed hope of putting the last 18 months behind the organization as much as possible, but it seems like drama is always around the corner for the Sox right now.

New Soxí manager John Farrell has been almost note perfect since his hiring at the end of last year, saying and doing everything that the fan base has wanted to see and hear.

The Red Sox used most of the salary cap room saved during the Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford trade with the L.A. Dodgers to invest in high-cost veterans like Ryan Dempster, Shane Victorino, Stephen Drew, Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes.

Boston is looking to bridge the gap between this version of the Sox and the next wave of the Sox young talent coming from the minors.

But the drama hasnít left completely.

Former Soxí ace Curt Schilling stated that a member of the teamís training staff suggested that he try PEDs to try and recover from an arm injury that he suffered at the end of his career. This allegation is something that was strongly denied by Red Soxí president Larry Lucchino and former assistant general manager Jed Hoyer.

The only issue? MLB came out and said that team had reported the incident when it had happened in 2008, making Lucchino and Hoyer look like they were unaware of what was going on with the team or covering up the issue with denials.

It is not a matter of what Schilling said being true or not, it is a matter that the Red Sox tried to pretend they had no idea what he was talking about.

But the drug drama hasnít ended there, unfortunately.
Former Soxí closer Jonathan Papelbon alleged that the Red Sox training staff routinely injected with him with Toradol. Toradol is a legal substance, but it is known to have side effects that cause bleeding.

Papelbon brought the situation to light because since he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011 he hasnít been injected with Torodol, because the Phillies believe that there are much safer anti-inflammatories to use without bad side effects.

The side effects are something that Red Soxí pitcher Clay Buchholz acknowledges may have caused his esophagitis, a condition that landed him in the hospital last season.

Buchholz has had difficulty staying healthy and remaining on the field, most recently straining a hamstring at the beginning of spring training. Never the most durable guy, the fact that the team continued to inject him with something that might cause him to miss additional time seems like a poor decision at best.

The Red Sox badly need to put these issues behind them and move the focus on the 2013 squad, one that is almost certainly due to rebound from the poor performance of last season.

Hopefully the reports this spring will be about the teamís progress on the field, not the problems off of it.

Information used from ESPN Boston

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