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Dice-K ready to rejoin Sox; Wakefield to bullpen

Apr 22, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

dice-k and wakefield.pngDaisuke Matsuzaka has looked fairly impressive in three minor league rehab starts at Triple-A Pawtucket.  The next time he takes a mound, he will be donning a Red Sox uniform, and will be a member of Boston’s starting rotation. 

Of course, that means one of the current members of the Red Sox’ five-man rotation must be bumped to the bullpen, and’s Rob Bradford heard from a source Thursday evening that it’s going to be Tim Wakefield. 

Wakefield, a veteran knuckleballer, has posted a 6.38 ERA and 1.64 WHIP through three starts this season.  Clay Buchholz, also considered for a demotion, has compiled a 1.50 ERA through his first three stats.  Despite what Red Sox manager Terry Francona may tell the Boston media, the decision was almost certainly an easy one.

  1. Nasty Boy - Apr 22, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    Let the party begin …… Lets watch this bum get shelled , like the rest of their so-called run prevention pitching staff . He may make a few decent starts , but it won’t take him long to get his era around six . I’ll never forget a saying I heard years ago , ” The leopard sheds the fur , but never the spots ” Good Luck , Pillsbury Doughboy (dice-k )

  2. Andrew - Apr 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    I’m not a red sox fan by any means, but I still want to see Tim Wakefield in the rotation until the end of time.

  3. Moses Green - Apr 22, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Joe West overplayed a weak hand, the slowest pitcher in the rivalry wasn’t even with the parent team.

  4. Big Harold - Apr 23, 2010 at 1:24 AM

    I might be a die hard Yankee fan but I’ll fess up, I like Wakefield. He gave up Boone’s HR in the ALCS in 03 and that alone would have destroyed a lot of guys but he took it like a man. In 04, he volunteered to go in for relief in game three of the ALCS after the game was clearly out of hand. He forfeited his start for game four but saved what was left of the bull pen. The Nation likes to point to Roberts steal as the turning point in 04 series but it was really Wakefield taking one for the team. I think he is and always has been one of the stand up guys in baseball. His effectiveness might have faded but he’s still all class and a WCVl .. wiley crafty veteran.
    Matsuzaka, .. I can’t wait for the Yankees to get a crack at him. What is it with him, .. high risk low reward? No, no that was last year. I remember; dominant pitching and run prevention, .. yeah that’s it. I always get those two BS marketing slogans mixed up. No matter how you slice it the real strategy is to keep the Nation coming to the park regardless of how poor a team gorilla boy assembles.

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