Uh-oh. If Pedro Martinez’s predicament and John Burkett’s 15-day stint on the disabled list weren’t bad enough, the Red Sox last night suffered another setback when Dustin Hermanson, one of the most durable starters in the majors over the last five years, was forced out of a rained-out game against the Blue Jays with a strained right groin.
The severity of the injury may not be clear for a day or two. But no good can come of the development for the Sox, who seemed poised as recently as two weeks ago to start the season free of the injury epidemic that consumed them last year.
“It’s never a comfortable situation when it hits, and you hate for it to happen, but it does,” manager Grady Little said of the prospect of losing another starter. “We came into the season knowing we would probably use many more pitchers than the 11 we left spring training with. It looks like we might have to start right now.”
Hermanson, making his Sox debut, had overpowered the Jays in the first inning, striking out two and retiring the side in order with a fastball that reached 96 miles per hour and a jarring changeup. But as he was warming up to start the second, he slipped during his stride and felt a twinge in the groin. He said it tightened in his last three warmup pitches before he faced Carlos Delgado leading off the inning.
“The first pitch to Delgado, I could feel it quite a bit,” Hermanson said. “Then the second pitch I realized I needed to have [catcher] Jason [Varitek] come out.”
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