The start to the 2016 Red Sox season has been more of a limp than a sprint. First there was E-Rod's patella subluxation, then Carson Smith's strained flexor mass muscle, and now a pair of shoulder injuries to third baseman Pablo Sandoval and starting pitcher Joe Kelly.
Shoulder injuries are fairly common in baseball. But that doesn't make them any less concerning. "Almost all players will experience fatigue and tightness during a 162-game season," says Joseph DeAngelis, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Division of Sports Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "And it's not uncommon to see a few acute injuries each season due to the very physical nature of the game. Diving catches, aggressive base running, and vigorous throwing can put our best athletes at risk…"
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.