Rays slugger dumps on Fenway
By QMI Agency
|Members of the Boston Red Sox line up and salute the flag before the start of the first inning of American League MLB baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts April 13, 2012. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)
Fenway Park hasn't changed much since the venerable baseball stadium opened April 20, 1912.
Maybe that's the problem with it.
"As a baseball player, going there to work, it's a dump," Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott told MLB.com.
"I mean, it's old. It does have a great feel and nostalgia but, at the end of the day, I'd rather be at a good facility where I can get my work in; a place where I can go hit in the cage; where I have space and it's a little more comfortable to come to work.
"We're sandwiched in here like sardines. It's hard to get your work in ... You have to go to (the Red Sox) weight room if you want to lift."
Scott said Friday that Boston should build a big, modern facility.
"They should do like New York did and get a new one, get a new park," Scott said. "Wrigley Field, same thing. If you want to make it a monument -- this is all my opinion -- make it a monument and play a few games a year here, by all means. But build a big, state-of-the-art stadium."
ELLSBURY ADDS TO OUTFIELD WOES
The Boston Red Sox aren't getting any healthier in the outfield.
Carl Crawford, already sidelined following wrist surgery, now says he has a strained left elbow. And Friday, star centre fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had to leave the game in the fourth inning after injuring his right shoulder.
Crawford said he hurt the elbow while rehabbing his left wrist.
"It started with a little soreness, I tried to push through it and it got more sore and eventually it got to the point where you can't even stand it anymore," Crawford told the Providence Journal. "Just a little setback; hopefully I'll catch up."
An MRI showed that the elbow injury was just a strain.
Ellsbury was hurt when he collided with Rays shortstop Reid Brignac while sliding into second base to break up a double play.
Ellsbury was taken to hospital for tests.
ANGELS DOWNS IS OUT
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Scott Downs is staying off the disabled list for now after getting spiked in the right ankle Thursday night.
The left-handed reliever was hurt while covering first base in the seventh inning of a 10-9 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday that X-rays and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage to Downs' ankle.
The 36-year-old Downs is considered day-to-day, but the team did call up right-hander David Carpenter from triple-A Salt Lake.
New York Mets third baseman David Wright sat out his third consecutive game Friday because of a broken right pinkie finger. There was speculation he might end up on the disabled list.