2009 Offseason: Sox trade Pauley for Bierd

Pitcher David Pauley, who is out of minor league options and was designated for assignment this week, has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed reliever Randor Bierd. Pauley, who was acquired from the Padres’ system, was a nice depth guy for the rotation, but another guy that the Red Sox would not commit any real playing time to. Best of luck to you, David.

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Sox claim Vasquez from Detroit; Velazquez released

The Red Sox claimed 26-year old pitcher Virgil Vasquez off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers a couple of days ago. The righthander appears to be a solid pitcher with good control and a fair but unimpressive strikeout rate. He has played at AAA Toledo the past two seasons, winning the Mud Hens’ Pitcher of the Year Award in 2007, when he went 12-5 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out a very solid 127 men in 155 IP. He just appears to be a decent all-around pitcher, and will likely fill a role similar to David Pauley this year.

29-year old Gil Velazquez, who made his Major League debut with the Sox this year, cleared waivers and was removed from the 40-man roster. He chose to become a free agent rather than accept reassignment to the Minor Leagues.

Bowden to start tonight

In a last minute change, the Red Sox have pushed David Pauley out to the bullpen and called up Michael Bowden to make his Major League debut tonight against the Chicago White Sox. Just 21 years old, Bowden has made a rapid ascent this season, and finally joins his good friend Justin Masterson on the big league club. I expect him to give us 5 decent innings, and if he can hold them to three runs or less, I’ll be happy.

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Beckett scratched again, Dice-K takes the ball today

Oh no. Josh Beckett has been scratched from his start today, and will go see Dr. James “Tommy John” Andrews, the preeminent elbow specialist for pitchers. In his place, Daisuke Matsuzaka will start tonight against Javier Vazquez as the Sox open up against the Chicago White Sox. The last rotation spot will go to David Pauley for now.

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Last start leaves Beckett feeling numb

After easily his worst start in two years, Josh Beckett complained of tingling and numbness in his throwing hand. That’s bad news. The Red Sox have pushed back his next start an extra three days in order to get him some rest.

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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?

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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.

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