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Life Missing Papi

So Big Papi is down and out for a while, probably at least a month. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

There is no good news here. So, moving forward, the Sox called up youngster Chris Carter (first base and bad outfield) who we picked up indirectly for Wily Mo Pena. The Sox now have to figure out how to put the best B squad out there every day sans Papi.

The Sox should let Carter hit some DH and play some left field, especially if sinkerballer Justin Masterson is pitching. The reports on Carter is that he can really hit, but that he can't play defense and has a terrible arm. So, let him play left in the Fens some where the need for an arm is minimal. Outside of that, Tito should play Coco in center and Jacoby in left. Related to what I said above, this lineup is less needed with a starting pitcher that throws lots of grounders and in the not-too-spacious outfield of Fenway Park. You don't have much benefit to a speedy leftfielder infront of the monster.

Another possibility is giving Sean Casey a bit more time at first. That would mean moving Youk or Lowell at DH. I am not a fan of the idea floated to use Casey at DH. I am morally opposed to the idea of having a great fielding, light hitting back up DH - especially when he was brought in to hopefully rest Youk some so he makes it through the season.

Lastly, I was surprised that they went with Carter of my boy Brandon Moss. Moss is hitting very well in Pawtucket, learning to play first, a much better outfielder than Carter, and must be feeling pretty good about his ability to play at this level considering his two homers this year in just a few games. But, according to Red Sox Prospects, he is out of options. That is, if they brought up Moss, he'd have to be on the team all season. Carter has never been up before and has 3 options left. So, if that's true, we won't see Moss until Crisp is traded or in some other way a roster spot opens up for the rest of the season, ie a season ending injury.

On that sad note, I bid you Freddy Adu.

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