Should Stern stay or go
After Thursdays game, the Red Sox have an interesting decision to make. Adam Stern’s Rule 5 eligibility requirement will be fulfilled so the club can option him back to the Minor Leagues.
Before Coco’s injury, it was a no brainer that they would do so. But what about now? Do they keep Stern up here to keep facing righties until Coco gets back? Or do they let him go to Pawtucket and concentrate fully on his development without the pressure of playing for the Red Sox. When you are suiting up for the Red Sox, development is very secondary to winning. And if Stern keeps taking lumps up here, you have to hope it doesn’t damage his confidence in any way.
If they do decide to send Stern down, they could bring Willie Harris up and have him split center field with Dustan Mohr. Harris is a proven utility player who can offer spark and speed. Stern had been on a high for a little bit after his Team Canada exploits, and that seemed to carry over into his play. But he’s leveled off the last few days.
Stay tuned on this one, it will be an interesting decision either way. I’d like to hear what you guys have to say about this.