Wakefield hits the DL; Bowden Boston-bound?

Pitcher Tim Wakefield will be placed on the 15-day DL with a stiff shoulder and is scheduled to miss two starts. He will receive a cortisone shot and rest his throwing arm. The injury is not unlike the shoulder pain that kept him off the playoff roster last season, and it was expected that the 41-year old would probably need some time off this year. This move serves the double purpose of giving Wakefield some extra recovery time and a chance to pace himself for the stretch run.

The Red Sox have not yet announced who the spot starter will be on Tuesday, but pitching schedules pretty much rule out David Pauley, Charlie Zink and Devern Hansack, who just had starts at Pawtucket. Bartolo Colon is not quite ready yet, and pitched three innings for the PawSox tonight, and Edgar Martinez is starting tomorrow night. This might be a chance for Michael Bowden to get his first taste of starting in the bigs. Should he falter, Colon could potentially be ready for the following starting assignment.


3 Responses to Wakefield hits the DL; Bowden Boston-bound?

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    It was announced today that the starter will be Charlie Zink. The knuckleballer has certainly earned it this season (13-4 with a 2.89 ERA), but I’m surprised they are allowing him to make his Major League debut on three days short rest. Apparently he’s done it successfully at Pawtucket several times this season:

    I guess if he struggles, you could attribute it to the short rest, but isn’t the idea to avoid things like that? Anyway, it ought to be cool to see him tomorrow. He and Kevin Cash already have some familiarity with each other, so that should help.

  2. Victor Lim says:

    Knuckle for knuckle. The Sox should trade for RA Dickey, that way they’d have 3 knuckleballers.

  3. redsoxtalk says:

    I’m not really a Dickey fan, and he’s probably too old to make it at this point. But a rotation full of knucklers would be neat to see, huh?

    Knuckleballers are not exactly the most exciting pitchers to watch, but Wakefield has shown that they can be quite effective over a long career. The market on them is probably undervalued, that’s why Theo signs these guys. They are also probably more effective because there are so few of them throughout baseball.

    It’s also nice to be able to follow a knuckleball pitcher with someone like MDC or Papelbon. The ball looks like it’s going 200 mph after Wakefield leaves the mound.

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