Wednesday, August 19, 2009
WAKEFIELD TO PITCH IN PAWTUCKET FRIDAY
Tim Wakefield is healthy enough to pitch, just not healthy enough to field. Both his pitching and fielding will apparently be tested Friday in a rehab start for AAA Pawtucket. He's been throwing side sessions with Victor Martinez (George Kottaras is on the DL), and the pitching's been fine. He just can't move off the mound.
The loss of Tim Wakefield might be one of the most underrated injuries in baseball this year. An All-Star pitcher, with 11 wins at the break (he's still 2nd on the team in wins) goes down, and it's supposed to hurt a club. The Sox are 13-4 in Wakefield's starts. He was also averaging 6.4 innings per start, helping to preserve the bullpen.
The Sox are going to need one of three things to make the playoffs: either Tim Wakefield or Daisuke Matsuzaka return and pitch effectively, or Clay Buchholz gets as good as Jon Lester.