A few outfield updates for the Red Sox today.
First, Nick Cafardo of the Globe is reporting that the Red Sox are close to dealing for Marlon Byrd of the Cubs. I don't know that Marlon Byrd is the answer to anything, unless the question is "Which major leaguer has 3 singles through 43 at-bats?".
And if you were wondering what a stat line with 3 singles through 43 at-bats looks like, well, I'll show you. But you may want to remove any pregnant women or children from the room before you see this. It's not for the faint of heart.
.070 average, .149 OBP, .070 SLG, .219 OPS
He makes Saltalamacchia look like Joe Dimaggio.
In fairness, Byrd batted .276 and .293 the previous two seasons so he's not always a terrible baseball player. Maybe a change of scenery will get him back on track. And, if my memory serves me correctly, the last Bird to suit up in Boston had some success, so I'm optimistic.
Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, on the disabled list while working his way back from surgery in January to repair his wrist and then a subsequent left elbow strain incurred last week, homered for the second time this week while participating in extended spring training games in Fort Myers. Crawford will have his elbow examined in Boston over "the next couple, three days," according to Sox manager Bobby Valentine, in order to make a determination of whether he is able to start playing the outfield.
While that's great news, Crawford never did had a problem batting in Florida.