Sunday mornings are usually among the slowest when it comes to pre-game news in the clubhouse. Today was different from the moment I walked in. The lineup card, which is posted the first step in the door right in front of where Johnny Pesky’s locker resides, had Coco Crisp leading off and playing center field.
We thought it was a day early, but Terry Francona said this morning that all along Sunday was a strong possibility and he just didn’t want to throw it out there in case something changed.
The good news of Coco’s return comes with the bad news of Wily Mo Pena going on the DL. He’ll get his wrist examined a little more to see what the deal is.
Manny is out of the lineup for another day as his back and knee are both bothering him. Youk is hitting cleanup. Willie Harris is playing left.
And now we find out Timlin also goes to the DL with a shoulder strain. The Red Sox don’t have much of a bullpen today. Papelbon and Foulke are both unavailable because of how much they’ve been used lately. That leaves the late innings up to Tavarez, Seanez, Delcarmen, Riske and Van Buren.
No decision made yet on Wells, but Francona reports he was riding the exercise bike last night, which was certainly encouraging.