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Dice-K rehabs, may start for the big club next week

Sep 10, 2009, 9:22 AM EDT

The Red Sox are still in a fight with the Rangers for the final playoff spot, so they can’t refuse help from any quarter.  Could Daisuke Matsuzaka provide any?

Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched 6 2/3 successful innings Wednesday night
against White Sox minor leaguers in the Single-A playoffs, and his next
outing will likely be come in a major league uniform.
Pitching with the Red Sox’ Single-A Salem affiliate, Matsuzaka blew
away the young hitters of Single-A Winston-Salem, gallowing only three
hits, one walk, and one run, while notching seven strikeouts.

I know the minors only live to supply the majors with players, but it does seem rather unsporting of everyone involved to send out a guy like Dice-K in a freaking playoff game. It’s like Adam Sandler playing dodgeball against those kids in one of those movies he made back before he became intolerable.  Most of the guys on the Winston-Salem team will never sniff upper level ball, so you should at least give them a chance to win something on their own merits, shouldn’t you?  Ah, screw it. I guess I’m just being sentimental.

Anyway, with Wakefield’s back still acting up, the Sox will need a starter next week.  From the looks of things, Dice-K will be their huckleberry.

  1. Rob - Sep 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    “Most of the guys on the Winston-Salem team will never sniff upper level ball, so you should at least give them a chance to win something on their own merits, shouldn’t you?”
    On the other hand, this might be the only chance that “most of the[se] guys” have to face a major league pitcher. It would be interesting to know what they really think about this dilemma.

  2. Jeff V. - Sep 10, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    At least Boston is preparing for a playoff run. The Indians had a big leaguer rehabbing in the AA playoff last season.

  3. Wooden U. Lykteneau - Sep 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Sorry folks, but “the only time they’ll face a major-leaguer” argument is about as lame as it gets. These kids battled for 140 games and it’s now a best-of-five playoff. Using Dice-K was a farce, and I say that as as Red Sox fan.

  4. Jack Marshall - Sep 10, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    I see…major league teams are only supposed to screw their own affiliates.
    Can’t recall anyone complaining the gazillion times a big league club has slurped up a minor league teams stars in the middle of a pennant race; that’s unfair too, but completely consistent with the situation as everyone in the minors understands it, which is that the lower teams exist solely to support the success of the parent team, and all other considerations are secondary. That’s the deal. The fans know it (or should; it’s hardly a secret); the players know it. That means the MLB team rehabs stars wherever and whenever it may be most beneficial to the big team’s plans and prospects, and if that means turning a samll town play-off game into a farce, it’s a trade-off they will make every time.
    Ethically, the Red Sox brass have NO obligation to the Winston-Salem team. Their duty is to get the Red Sox to the Series, and if throwing Dice-K in a play-off game helps do that, then it’s the right thing for them to do.

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