Hall of Fame baseball analyst Peter Gammons joined The Big Show on Friday, discussing Daisuke Matsuzaka, who he said is still a decent No. 5 starter, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and third baseman Adrian Beltre among other topics.
“He is a mystery,” Gammons said of Matsuzaka. “He’s like the human gyro-ball.”
On the subject of Ellsbury, who was placed back on the 15-day disabled list Friday, and the nagging injury in his chest and side, Gammons said the outfielder is trying to play as much as he can because next season is his first opportunity to make big money in arbitration.
“I think he’s very hurt,” Gammons said of Ellsbury, comparing his injury to a that of a hand or wrist. “Those things can take a year to come back from.”
Gammons spoke of the impressive play of Beltre thus far. He noted that though Gary Sheffield describes him as the “toughest guy” he knows, Beltre may still be adjusting to Boston and worrying about how is perceived by fans.
“As he starts to get accepted here, I think he’ll start to take off,” Gammons said, while also noting he doesn’t expect Beltre to exercise his $5 million player option for the 2011 season.
Asked if toughness was any issue for any players in the clubhouse, Gammons said that the Red Sox have told outfielder J.D. Drew multiple times this season that he should take the day off and Drew “refused to be out of the lineup.”