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Will the Red Sox dump Buchholz or Wakefield to make room for Matsuzaka?

Apr 22, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

Last night Daisuke Matsuzaka made what’s expected to be his final rehab start, allowing four runs (three earned) over 5.2 innings at Triple-A.
The outing was a bit of a letdown after Matsuzaka tossed 11 scoreless innings in his first two rehab starts, but he did manage eight strikeouts and zero walks to again show that the shoulder woes are seemingly behind him.
General manager Theo Epstein indicated earlier this week that the Red Sox were undecided about how Matsuzaka would fit back into the rotation, but unless they transition to a six-man rotation it’ll be either Clay Buchholz or Tim Wakefield losing their spot.
Wakefield has struggled in back-to-back starts and has a 6.38 ERA overall, whereas Buchholz has allowed just two earned runs in 10 innings. However, he has allowed five unearned runs while posting a poor 8/6 K/BB ratio and there’s speculation that Buchholz could be pitching for his rotation spot tonight against the Rangers at Fenway Park.

  1. Howie B. - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    They should just make Beckett their setup man.

  2. 11coreya - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    i would not be surprised if the sox moved wakefield to the bullpen and held on to bucholz til july to raise his trade stock. then trade bucholz to open up the spot for wakefield again and get a bat out of all this. say an adrian gonzalez. i would say miguel cabrera but he has had an outstanding year so far and his price might be a bit to high for the red sox to pay

  3. Eat a Peach - Apr 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    They should store Wakefield next to Ted Williams’ head until such time as they have a catcher who can throw to second base.

  4. Joey B - Apr 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    As a RS fan, I’d be disappointed if Buch goes to the pen. Regardless of one’s assessment of his potential, we have to find out one way or another. This is his fourth year with the team. We’re burning through his controllable years without getting an awful lot of return.
    Just take the Joba threads, and replace Joba with Buch, and both players and teams are in the same position. Time to throw him into the pool.

  5. DSFC - Apr 22, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    As a Yankee fan, I can only pray the Sox are dumb enough to keep Wakefield in the rotation

  6. 11coreya - Apr 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    taking wakefield out of the rotation would have a crippling moral affect on the team. he has been a part of this rotation for 15 years and has given them everything. dumping him to the bullpen where he doesnt perform well would hurt wakefield who should stay in the sox rotation until he is ready to retire.

  7. Nasty Boy - Apr 26, 2010 at 12:35 AM

    Who the hell cares ? all three are bums . Take your pick , they’ll all be shelled sooner or later .

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