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Aaron Cook will start in place of Josh Beckett on Saturday

May 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Aaron Cook, Andruw Jones AP

Boston had to call up Aaron Cook from Triple-A or risk the veteran right-hander opting out of his minor-league contract and Josh Beckett‘s sore lat muscle provides an easy solution.

Beckett has been scratched from his scheduled Saturday start against the Orioles and manager Bobby Valentine announced that Cook will join the team in time to take his place.

For now Beckett remains on the active roster and with the Red Sox doing all sorts of roster shuffling this week it’s unclear how exactly they’ll clear a spot for Cook, who’ll be starting on six days rest.

Cook has a nice-looking 1.89 ERA in five starts at Triple-A, but it’s worth noting that he has nearly as many walks (11) as strikeouts (13) in 33 innings for Pawtucket and the 33-year-old was mostly injured and ineffective in the majors for the Rockies during the past two seasons.

  1. mornelithe - May 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Well, he can’t do any worse than the level the rotation is already working at. The ERA is a pretty good sign though. Good luck to him tonight, hopefully Beckett can get over whatever is causing him to start slowly in games.

  2. randygnyc - May 2, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Beckett; “hey youk, can you pass the bucket, man? White meat only, right?
    Youklis; “sure, dude. Of course, this is Boston” (wrenches his back lifting the bucket)
    Beckett; “nevermind, I’ll get it myself. You ok man, you don’t look so good? (Beckett proceeds to reach out over the table and strains his latisimus Dorsi)
    Youklis-“don’t matter anyway, I don’t want to play for Bobby anyway”
    Beckett; burps up his Miller and nods in agreement

    • bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

      This would be funny and true if it weren’t so obvious that Beckett and Youkilis hate each others guts.

      In case you missed it, it’s been alluded to several times in print since Spring Training, though not specifically stated – nor denied – by either party that Beckett believes Youk was/is the tattletale.

  3. 13yrsmlbvet - May 2, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Nice to see strength guru Mike Boyle working his magic with Youk and Beckett.

  4. bigleagues - May 2, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Oh yeah. I can’t wait for Cook’s Red Sox debut . . . yessiree.

    Let’s take over/under bets on his pitching line:

    5 IP:
    8 H:
    3 BB:
    2 K:
    4 ER:

    I’m being generous on that last one.

    Also, if you’re feeling adventurous . . . will he go to his very hittable Slider more or less than 35%?

    • bigleagues - May 6, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      And the results?


  5. 13yrsmlbvet - May 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Other than Buchholz, Lackey and Lester that whole clubhouse HATES Beckett. He openly hoped the team would lose last September. Told everyone not to pack for the playoffs before the last road trip. True colors.

  6. randygnyc - May 2, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Bigleagues- holy SH!T!! Is that true? All I’ve heard is ellsbury and Youklis hate eachother. I thought Beckett was beloved and the ringleader. I’d always figured Pedroia, Youklis and Beckett shared hotel rooms on the road.

    • bigleagues - May 6, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Beat writers are near unanimous that Beckett’s believes Youk is the mole. Apparently some beat writers have been told off the record. Youk apparently has not copped to it privately.

      However, Beckett and his selfish narcissistic ( <—I know this to be true, but I won't reveal how or why) sour puss is not widely liked, let alone respected, in the clubhouse. If the Red Sox were to find a taker who can offer an adequate value and the Red Sox can find an adequate replacement, then I'm willing to bet Beckett's subtraction from that clubhouse would have a similar effect to that of Nomar.

      I also think Beckett is slowly attempting to force the Red Sox hand. Beckett missed that start yesterday because he told Bobby that he was fine in his last Start, even though he was actually hurting.

  7. randygnyc - May 2, 2012 at 7:53 PM


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