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UPDATE: Andy Pettitte replaces injured Clay Buchholz on All-Star roster

Jul 5, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

As expected, the Red Sox placed Clay Buchholz on the disabled list this afternoon and announced plans to call up left-hander Felix Doubront to start tomorrow night against the Rays.
That means Buchholz won’t be available to pitch in the All-Star game, but because the DL stint is retroactive to June 27 the Red Sox are hoping he’ll be ready to pitch one of the first few games following the break.
Presumably the AL will add another starting pitcher to the roster as his replacement, with Francisco Liriano, Jered Weaver, Andy Pettitte, and Felix Hernandez standing out as the obvious choices.
Doubront won his big-league debut last month against the Dodgers, but didn’t actually pitch particularly well and the 22-year-old southpaw has posted mediocre strikeout-to-walk ratios despite impressive-looking ERAs in the minors.
UPDATE: Sure enough, Andy Pettitte has been tabbed to replace Buchholz on the All-Star roster.

  1. jabberwock - Jul 5, 2010 at 6:45 PM

    Why not Justin Verlander as a so-called “obvious choice”, Blinderman.

  2. JBerardi - Jul 5, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    “Doubront won his big-league debut last month against the Dodgers, but didn’t actually pitch particularly well and the 22-year-old southpaw has posted mediocre strikeout-to-walk ratios despite impressive-looking ERAs in the minors.”

    Don’t sleep on Doubront. He hasn’t had the most impressive stats coming up, but he’s also always been young for his leagues. He’s filled out in the last couple years which has added some zip on his fastball, and he’s posted pretty solid K rates this year. He’s always had a good changeup. Still needs to refine his command, but what young lefty doesn’t?

    The Red Sox probably still want him to get some more work in as a starter this year, but don’t be surprised if Doubront winds up in Boston’s bullpen at some point this season. Don’t be surprised if he does well in that role, either.

  3. Md23Rewls - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:49 PM

    Good for Pettitte.

  4. Wings - Jul 5, 2010 at 11:51 PM

    Gotta admit, my initial line of thought at reading this was, “Hey look, another Yankee at the All-Star game. That’s good because that club is always under-represented at All-Star games and I’m sure no one in the league deserved to be recognized more than the fourth best pitcher on the most over-exposed team in the sporting universe.”
    Then I decided to take a look at the numbers:
    Pettit-16 games/10-2 record/105.1 IP/2.82 ERA/1.15 WHIP/78 K/31 BB/90 H/33 ER
    Hernandez-17 games/6-5/121.2 IP/3.03 ERA/1.14 WHIP/116 K/28 BB/101 H/41 ER
    Liriano-16 games/6-6/105.2 IP/3.32 ERA/1.22 WHIP/116 K/38 BB/101 H/39 ER
    Verlander-17 games/10-5/110.0 IP/3.85 ERA/1.15 WHIP/103 K/37 BB/90 H/47 ER
    Weaver-17 games/8-3/108.2 IP/2.82 ERA/1.16 WHIP/124 K/26 BB/89 H/34 ER
    So, basically, what I came up with is that, given those suggested alternatives, Pettit is actually not such a bad choice. Certainly wouldn’t be my choice, but probably the second best, behind Weaver, of those options.

  5. theken13 - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    I’ve already given up on the allstar representing much about quality. But at the same time, why is it so hard to get the (arguably) best Angel (Weaver) to represent his own team in his HOME PARK??? Is that not enough of a storyline for the shallow narrative that is the All-Star game?
    I’m terribly perplexed (well not really, just even more disappointed).

  6. YankeesfanLen - Jul 6, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Didn’t realize this til yesterday, but no one “picked” Andy, he was merely the next one in line from the player’s votes, which had happened……whenever that happened.

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