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Dice-K injury causes Red Sox to juggle rotation

Aug 25, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

The Red Sox planned to go with Josh Beckett and Jon Lester in their doubleheader Wednesday against the Mariners, but after winning the first game with Beckett on the mound, they announced that Lester would be pushed back to Friday as a replacement for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is battling a sore back.
Matsuzaka, who is 2-1 with a 3.64 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break, apparently will miss at least a full turn in the rotation with his latest ailment. He missed the month of April due to neck and back soreness and he served a DL stint in June with a forearm strain.
With Dice-K sidelined, the Red Sox will turn to knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to start tonight. It will be his first start since July 20. His last nine appearances dating back to July 7 have all come in Red Sox losses, and he’s 3-9 for the season.

  1. rjgreen3 - Aug 25, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    has he ever been through a complete season without injury; seems like he is injured 2 or 3 times a year!

  2. Glenn - Aug 25, 2010 at 8:01 PM

    He had a reputation as a horse in Japan, but he only pitched once a week. He did have very high pitch counts in Japan, though.

  3. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    Speaking of Wakefield – Do you think he misses George Kottaras? George seems to lack instinct when it comes to throwing base-runners out. People can run on Tim. George also points his right foot toward 1st base, so he hasn’t changed his stance. Wake’ won a ton of games with him.
    And we’ve noticed over in Milwaukee that he’s got a lot of home-run power. They should be re-united, I think. He seemed to be Wakefield’s favorite backstop.
    Boston could really use a healthy back-up, too. Right?
    p.s. I hope you’re enjoying Bill Hall. Errors aside; Billy’s home-runs come courtesy of the Brewers. We are paying him…. I don’t know the extent of the damage he’s done in the outfield. Hope the run-production out-weighs the mistakes.

  4. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Also, regarding Matsuzaka. This would not be an answer to the injury-bug, per se. But I could imagine him pitching for the Padres with some success. If money were not an issue. And San Diego is the site of Daisuke’s best pitching performance in the WBC in 2009. It’s too bad Jojima left the country.

  5. Dwight Evans Mustache - Aug 26, 2010 at 4:43 AM

    Probably for the best. I’d rather have Lester and Buchholz pitching for the Sox in the Rays series anyways.

  6. Pisano - Aug 26, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    What a bargain at 101 k , I don’t know who got hosed more , the Red Sox with this bum , or the Yankees with their bum , AJ Burnett for 82 k .

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