Guess who's back?
I walked into the Red Sox clubhouse today, looked at the lineup card, and the first thing I said to myself was, "No surprises today."
This is because I had my eyes on the No. 4 spot in the lineup, where MIke Lowell was again listed instead of Manny Ramirez. But then I glanced up and, oh what a surprise, Manny Ramirez, he of the 490 career homers, hitting second in the batting order.
Yes, Manny is back after a 24-game absence with a strained oblique. He’ll get 2 or 3 at- bats and then give way to Moss or Kielty.
Live update: First Manny at-bat, he rakes a single to right. As if we needed any more proof that the guy could roll out of bed on a winter morning and hit a line drive somewhere. He’s just such a gifted hitter.
Youkilis pronounced himself ready to play tomorrow night.
Okajima threw a full-fledged side session before the game and will return Thursday. The troops are getting healthy!
Last minute scratch before the game as an ill Coco was replaced by Ellsbury in center.