Boston, Massachusetts - In the hubub of the Patriots cutting Malcolm Mitchell and the Boston Red Sox sweeping their arch rival, the New York Yankees, one story in Boston sports that somewhat was overlooked was the Red Sox's acquisition of Ian Kinsler from the Anaheim Angels.
In addition to trading for starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston also made a move for the former Angel, further muddling the situation at second base. Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt have taken the lion's share of starts at second for the Red Sox this season due to the perpetual knee injury that has sidelined Dustin Pedroia for all but three games of Boston's 2018 campaign. (Mookie Betts even played second base at one point this year.)
Kinsler was expected to shoulder some of the weight on the infield until he was placed on the ten day disabled list five days after the trade processed due to a hamstring injury. In the move, Pedroia was also shifted to the sixty day disabled list. The one position that has been a constant for over a decade for Boston is now in a major state of uncertainty.
Fortunately, though, it seems like Kinsler's injury will not keep him in the dugout for much longer than his slated disabled list stint. When he returns, he will be a welcome addition to a squad that is on the cusp of rolling to eighty wins before they even touch thirty-five losses, good for one of the all-time great August records in baseball history.
Kinsler played eight seasons with the Texas Rangers (where he often rivaled Pedroia for All-Star votes) before moving to the Detroit Tigers for four years, after which he joined Anaheim at the beginning of 2018. Named to the American League All-Star team four times, Kinsler won a Gold Glove in 2016, showing that he can also bring defensive prowess to the table, in addition to his .272 lifetime batting average.
What's more, Boston only parted two minor leaguers, Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez, to acquire the second baseman. We just have to hope he gets well soon.