Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston reports that Josh Reddick underwent surgery earlier today to repair torn cartilage in his left wrist. The report was confirmed by Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, according to McDonald’s colleague Gordon Edes.
McDonald writes that Reddick may have suffered the injury when he was hit in the left hand by a pitch during a game against the Rangers on September 4. The 24-year-old outfielder is expected to rest for three weeks before beginning a month-long rehab program, but it shouldn’t have any impact on his availability for the start of spring training.
Reddick batted .280/.327/.457 with seven home runs, 28 RBI and a .784 OPS over 278 plate appearances with the Red Sox this season and was pressed into regular duty after the All-Star break after J.D. Drew proved unproductive and eventually hit the disabled list. He could get a chance at a starting job next season if depending upon what happens with free agent David Ortiz and potential outfield targets like Carlos Beltran, Michael Cuddyer and Grady Sizemore.
Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.
The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.
Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.
Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.
Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.
The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.