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It might be Kevin Millwood time in Boston

Jul 8, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

Kevin Millwood AP

The early reports are encouraging on Josh Beckett’s hyperextended left knee, but what if Boston is forced to place him on the disabled list alongside Jon Lester (lat), Clay Buchholz (back) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow)?

Such a move could leave the Red Sox with a rotation of John Lackey, Tim Wakefield, Andrew Miller, Kyle Weiland and Kevin Millwood, if only for a week or two.

And what a far cry that would be from a postseason-worthy rotation.

Lackey has a jumbo-jet-like ERA of 7.47.  The 44-year-old Wakefield is at 4.74.  Miller has been pretty impressive since his callup, going 3-0 with a 3.57 ERA.  However, he went 1-5 with an 8.54 ERA for Florida last year.

Weiland will be making his major league debut in Lester’s place Sunday.

Millwood just gave up four runs in five innings for Triple-A Pawtucket tonight. He had a nice run last month in which he allowed a total of five runs in four starts, but he’s now struggled in two of three outings.  Overall, he has a 4.50 ERA in eight starts for Pawtucket.

An alternative to calling on Millwood would be to move Alfredo Aceves from the bullpen to the rotation.  Another would be to bring up left-hander Felix Doubront.  Doubront pitched seven scoreless innings for Pawtucket two days ago and is 1-3 with a 3.38 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Hopefully, it won’t come to any of that.  Beckett might be ready to start in the first series back after the All-Star break.  The hope is that Lester will make it back before the end of the month and that Buchholz could return in early August.  So, the Red Sox still have plenty of time to get their rotation ready for October.  The key will be making it through the next few weeks without doing too much damage to their chances of getting there.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Better them than us!

    • bigharold - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:23 PM

      Amen Brother.

    • fanoredsox - Jul 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      They need to lay off of Wake. He’s 44! His ERA is that bad for a man that could be as old as Moses. If I had a 4.74 ERA at 44 I would be ecstatic. Especially considering that he really has only one pitch and there are no surprises as to what he is going to throw. I am 36 and if I were in the bigs I think my ERA would be around….. Wait do they have a stat for not even reaching the plate?

  2. Ari Collins - Jul 8, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Ouch. Now that is a devastated rotation. Hopefully it’s a relatively temporary situation.

  3. pisano - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Let the beatings begin.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:43 PM

      The Sox have weathered worse. As long as the offense keeps creaming the opposition, we should be fine.

  4. kiwicricket - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Trade for Wilson Valdez instead. Please.

  5. 27xwschamps - Jul 9, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Screw the beaners !!!! U wanted him u got him……27xwschamps !!!! BE JEALOUS

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