So not only have the Sox been (to quote Sarah) "cream-pied" by the Angels and Tigers, respectively, in two straight games, but apparently Tim Wakefield is also hurt? FANTASTIC.
Worst News of the Day, though, goes to the report, brought to my attention by my father, on WBZ's evening news tonight that Keith Foulke was hit in the right elbow by a comebacker from Trot Nixon during a simulated game today.
Granted, according to Johnny Damon's book, at least, Foulke is a woeful fielding pitcher, and apparently somewhat used to being hit by the ball.
They showed the "incident" on the news, and to me, it didn't look that bad. Foulke sort of flinched, then walked off the mound, clearly frustrated, but he didn't writhe in pain on the grass or anything. Of course, Trot Nixon expressed trepidation that the hit could set Foulke back another week or so. And a pro athlete probably doesn't do much writhing if he can help it, even if things are pretty fucking painful. All of which I guess I'm going to remain in denial about for right now.
Meanwhile, those dreadful rumors (begun, according to what I've heard, by Michael Kay on New York radio several weeks ago and propagated since by the online rumor mill) have been gaining steam, but so far, nothing official has been reported. I have decided I'll jump off that bridge when I come to it--until a credible source (i.e., ESPN, the league, players themselves) give an official report either way, I'm not going to comment about it here. I'm not, in fact, going to even really think about it if I can help it.
For those who are curious, though, Joy of Sox is following the story pretty well.