Live from the Windy City
Rain, rain, rain. The most electrifying thunder and lightning I’ve seen all year. Alas, no baseball tonight.
But I was back at work after a lengthy hiatus. To quote the great Steven Tyler, it’s good to be "back in the saddle again."
I came back to some news. Jon Lester is going back to the Minor Leagues — Portland — for one game. Javy Lopez will join the team, starting tonight. Julian pitches Sunday in Lester’s spot.
The motivating factor in all this was so that they could have Lopez ready to face Thome and Erstad here the next four days, not to mention Damon, Abreu, Matsui and Giambi in New York.
Lester will start at Fenway on Sept. 2 against the Orioles.
Also, Royce Clayton has been signed to a Minor League deal and will join Pawtucket tomorrow. Presumably, he will be a September call-up.
More tomorrow, where we may or may not have a doubleheader depending on what Mother Nature has to say.