Welcome back, Kason


A year and a half ago, when the Red Sox traded away Kason Gabbard in the Eric Gagne trade, there was quite the uproar amongst the Red Sox faithful. Gabbard, who had made some successful spot starts in 2007 was seen as a potential rotation booster. Things didn’t go too well in Texas, and with their young superstars ready to rise up this year and next to the Majors, the Rangers saw him as expendable – and Epstein pounced on the opportunity, reacquiring Gabbard yesterday for cash considerations. Gabbard is a bit of a soft-tosser and injury-prone, but he has shown a penchant for winning, and has a great attitude. He has been assigned to Pawtucket and will provide more pitching depth (of the left-handed variety). I wonder if more cash-strapped teams will do deals like this as the year progresses and ticket sales continue to suffer?

Jed Lowrie’s wrist surgery was deemed a success, but he won’t be back until mid-June or July. In the meantime, Nick Green is holding down the fort admirably, and Julio Lugo could be back soon.

Jeff Bailey was called up, and Chris Carter was sent down. Also, Jonathan Van Every is back. These moves stem from a combination of a few things – they needed Bailey’s right-handed bat against Francisco Liriano and for the upcoming Yankees series, and Rocco Baldelli’s absence necessitates Van Every, who can play center.

On deck, the New York Yankees. There are already plenty of plot lines for this series. How about Boston’s failed pursuit of Mark Teixeira this offseason, and the fact that Mike Lowell is outproducing him so farTex knows what that means for him this weekend. How about David Ortiz issuing a warning to Joba Chamberlain before a pitch is even thrown?

Justin Masterson came out throwing 94-96 mph in his last start, and you may see that again this weekend against the Yankees. If he can maintain that velocity over 5-6 innings, he’ll be that much harder to catch up to. I just hope it doesn’t affect the movement on his sinker.

Did you hear about the 12-year old girl who threw a perfect game against a boys team in NJ? I’m sure the Red Sox scouting team is all over this one. Good for her.

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