NEW YORK — It’s not about the day-to-day wins and losses anymore. It’s about October.By the way, did you know Jacoby Ellsbury has a foot injury? We can't have too many reminders:
In another year, the end of Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees game might make us reach into the Way Back Machine and speak of Bob Stanley clanging a wild pitch off the glove of Rich Gedman. We might be talking about buzzard luck, September swoons, and damn Yankees.
Not this time. Not now.
The Sox were beaten by the Yankees, 4-3, and allowed the winning run to score when Brandon Workman uncorked a high heater off the mitt of Jarrod Saltalamacchia with Ichiro Suzuki on third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
But the bigger news was the announcement that Jacoby Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. The Sox say he’ll play again this season, but we’ve been down this path before.Yes, we have, and many times before that, every time Ellsbury's been injured, in fact.
And just in case you missed it the first time in the column:
But as good as things look right now, the uncertainty about Ellsbury is going to dog them for the rest of the regular season.What about the uncertainty about Clay Buchholz? Shank's not terribly interested in that angle. This is just further evidence that at all times, Shank needs at least one member of the Red Sox, past or present, to beat the crap out of.