|Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Escape from New York with 17-16 Win; Clinch First Round Bye.||Connelly’s Top Ten: Patriots Win By Less Than a FOOT||Panic Mode in Full Effect, Minutemen are Struggling||Patriots Survive Gritty Challenge From Jets|
Red Sox shortstop Julio Lugo will need to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after injuring it more than a week ago. He was battling for the starting job at SS with Jed Lowrie, but it appears for now, Jed is the winner.
“I don’t think this is going to be a terribly long procedure, but we just don’t know. That’s why we try to be a little careful,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Sunday morning.
Lugo, in his third year of a four-year, $36 million deal, is expected to miss at least a month. Last season, the 33-year-old Lugo hit .268 with one HR, 22 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.
Reaction: Could this be a blessing in disguise? Julio Lugo has not really come close to living up to his end of the $36 million contract during his tenure in Boston.
Jed Lowrie earned the trust of management and Fenway faithful with his clutch play. He had the walk-off single against the Angels in the ALDS, among a number of game-tying or game-winning hits in the second half of the season. I think Lowrie will grab the bull by the horns and perform at a higher level than Lugo…which shouldn’t be that hard.