Greetings from Seattle
Here I am, back, well-rested after eight days off. And I come back in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest. Seattle is the best. Anyone who has never been out here is depriving themselves of a great experience. This is, IMO, the best city on the Major League Baseball tour when you factor in everything. The city, the ballpark, the people, the scenery, just a great, great place.
On to baseball, where word finally broke that it will be Kason Gabbard taking the ball for the Red Sox Saturday in place of the injured Tim Wakefield. This can’t exactly be a confidence booster for Abe Alvarez and Jason Johnson to be snubbed in favor of a man even the most astute Red Sox fans had not heard of until this week.
I think they’re trying to catch lightning in a bottle, as was the case with David Pauley earlier this year, and that worked OK for a couple of starts.
Wells continues to take very encouraging steps. he’ll throw a simulated game Monday in Oakland, and perhaps make a Minor League rehab start five days later. My best guess is that you could see David Wells back on the mound at Fenway either Aug. 3 at home against Cleveland or on the road the next night at Tropicana Field.
Clement doesn’t seem anywhere close to pitching again. I’d think September at the earliest.
Mike Lowell is still a little sick, so Youkilis will play third tonight, with Ortiz at first and Manny DH-ing. The Manny-Ortiz thing will stay like that tomorrow as well with Youk taking the day off and Lowell presumably getting back into the lineup. Kapler is in left tonight; Wily Mo will probably be there tomorrow.
There it is, the news of the day, in a nutshell.