Red Sox: As the Pitching Staff Turns… Or Golfs

It’s no secret that the Red Sox pitching staff is an absolute mess through the first month plus of this season. We thought we would get a group of guys hell bent on making good after the chicken and beer escapades of 2011. We were wrong.

This afternoon, a Boston Globe report stated:

According to a report by 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Hardy, Red Sox righthander Josh Beckett played golf in the area last Thursday afternoon, two days before he was scheduled to miss a start against the Orioles because of stiffness in his latissimus muscle.

And this was AFTER he decided to miss the next start after his LAST start. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you use that muscle to swing a *bleep* *bleep* golf club? According to the lovely diagram, it appears that this muscle would definitely be used in golf…unless he was playing miniature golf. (That windmill can be such a bitch.)

I can’t… even… deal.

Evidently, neither can Bobby Valentine.

“I don’t know that I’m aware of it,” Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said of the golf report during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Big Show today. “I’m aware of the story being out there… No, I haven’t gotten to Josh about that yet and I’m trying to sort out my feelings. Golf is as much a part of the pitching culture as a curve ball, I know that for sure.”

“Again, I don’t know the specifics of the situation,” Valentine said. “I don’t know if he was out at a charity match, just putting, or if he was whaling away and felt that might have loosened things up. I have no idea what the situation actually is, so it’s hard for me to comment on it. … If that was the case [that he played golf, drove the ball], I would say that was less than the best thing to do on that day off.”

This pitching staff is going to hell in a souped-up, hemi-powered handbasket. If you ask me, the Red Sox will be damn lucky to still be able to see the AL East race by the All Star break. And if they don’t get their act together, it’s going to be a lonely season in the cold, dank basement. *slow head shake*

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