Curt Casali is having one heck of a week

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A week ago I had only the vaguest notion of what a Curt Casali was. Rule 5 guy I think in . . . some organization? Tigers? Not important. This is a national-focus website so we really can’t and don’t spend much time on the 24th-through-40th man on the roster.

But then he has a week like this and we all now know who Curt Casali is.

Casali hit a two-run homer in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth in last night’s Rays win over the Tigers. He also hit two home runs on Monday. He also hit one on Saturday. For the year — which, for him, started on June 13 on the major league level — Casali is hitting .300/.345/.780 in 55 plate appearances.

Those two homers came off of his former Vanderbilt teammate David Price. Who, after the game, congratulated him on his night, even if he did so with some frowny-face emojis.

Who knows what kind of career Casali will have the rest of the way, but if nothing else good ever happens for him, he has this past week. And he should print out and frame the text from Price.

Dustin Pedroia going back on injured list

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Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.

Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.

Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.

I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.

It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.