Pauley recalled; why so many starters?


With Mike Lowell being officially put on the DL, pitcher David Pauley has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. A starting pitcher, it would make sense that maybe he would make a spot start for the Sox. And with the acquisition of Paul Byrd to cover one rotation spot, it kind of begs the question; why is Clay Buchholz still on the active roster?

He wouldn’t pitch until Saturday at the earliest, and that roster spot could go to a valuable infield reserve. Is it possible that either Buchholz or Pauley might be called on to pitch out of the bullpen? Alternatively, perhaps they are just waiting to demote him until Julio Lugo is ready to rejoin the roster.

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3 Responses to Pauley recalled; why so many starters?

  1. redsoxtalk says:

    Mystery solved. Pauley was called up for bullpen depth just in case. The Sox have swapped him out with Jeff Bailey for tonight’s game.

  2. John Cunningham says:

    While David Pauley has 5th starter potential he is wasting his life in the shadows of Fenway Park. I believe he could be starting for a second tier team like the Royals, Nats, Rockies or Giants. I’ve followed his career for many years and hope he will find some opportunity outside the overwhelming rotation of the Red Sox.

  3. redsoxtalk says:

    John, thanks for reading. Pauley is a guy who could crack a few rotations, I agree. I think a lot of teams are turned off by his velocity and overall stuff, and haven’t made a play for him. He is out of minor league options this year, and is a non-tender candidate for the Sox, so he will have a chance this offseason to find a place with more opportunity for him.

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