While Rex Sox manager Terry Francona didn’t suffer a horrific, not to mention humiliating, injury like that of Notre Dame football head coach Charlie Weis, he will be the second high-profile coach to go under the knife.
Francona said he has had season-long back problems and hasn’t had full feeling in his arm since May.
The Red Sox manager’s manager mirrors his ailing team, who reached an American League Championship Series game seven against the Tampa Bay Rays despite having injuries to designated hitter David Ortiz, third basemen Mike Lowell and pitcher Curt Schilling. Of the three, only Ortiz was active, but wasn’t up to his usual standards.
With all their problems, the Red Sox were still one of the best team in baseball, winning two games while facing elimination against the surprise World Series contending Rays. Although Schilling is expecting a mid-season return next year, the Red Sox will be atop the 2009 World Series contenders and a lock to play in October.