Phantom DL Stints! Are Players Faking It?

By Jack Corsi – @jcorsi11

This season, I’ve noticed something with the Red Sox. That something has to deal with the disabled list.  It seems like they’ve been sending guys to the DL an awful lot.  Now I’m not saying there are guys who are faking injuries, but it something seems a bit fishy here. Something just doesn’t seem right.

Matt Barnes a few nights ago blew the game.  Yes John Farrell stinks, and he should be canned (listen to the Fire Farrell podcast hosted by our fearless leader Terry Cushman).  But Barnes seemingly went right to the DL less than 24 hours later.  The injury is being called a “lower back strain”, and I’m not buying it, not one bit.  I’m calling this a phantom DL stint.

Barnes isn’t the only one whose had a phantom DL stint.  Red Sox fan’s favorite pitcher David Price went to the DL with an elbow issue a little while ago, which seemingly came right after the Eck incident.  So, what do we have here?  Price has been seen around the Fenway area “rehabbing” as of late.  But I, for one, am not buying that he’s actually hurt. The phantom strikes again!

Price is maybe the most mentally weak player of all time.  He’s scared of the city of Boston, and probably begged for the DL so he wouldn’t be booed to Kingdom come.

Perhaps they are actually hurt, but come on, this is too good to be true.  It’s giving guys an out for being inconsistent (Price) or struggling away from home (Barnes).  All this has also taken place with Dave Dombrowski and John Farrell around.  Hmmm, interesting.

Maybe I’m totally wrong, and just off my rocker.  But it just seems fishy to me.  I can already see the trolls out there looking at this as massive bait to rip me. But look at Barnes’s numbers on the road, and his last appearance in Cleveland.  I think I have a valid argument here.

 

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