Bartolo, Pedroia, Mirabelli and more
Yes, Bartolo Colon’s debut in a Sox uniform was today.Doug Mirabelli was supposed to catch him, but instead was released before the game. Kevin Cash will be the new backup C simply because Theo Epstein, Terry Francona and the coaches feel he is better defensively at this stage of the game than Mirabelli. And the fact Cash caught Wakefield well for a few starts last year doesn’t hurt.
As for Colon, his first inning started out like this: single up the middle, error shortstop and walk. With the bases loaded and nobody out, he got out of the inning unscathed.
He got the first two batters out in the second, then served up a long home run to No. 9 hitter Jon Weber. Other than that, there was no damage.
Theo said after the game that Colon stayed between 90 and 94 on the gun, which was very encouraging.
At any rate, some mild comedy in the clubhouse this morning. Dustin Pedroia had been out with the stomach flu the last few days.
Francona had someone post a picture of Pedroia in the clubhouse that contained the following caption: Rat Boy answers questions about arsenic poisoning.
Said Francona this morning: "I called his wife Kelli and said, ‘Do I have permission to put your husband in the game because I know who wears the pants in this family’. She said, ‘Yeah, you have to get him out of here’."
In roster moves — aside from Mirabelli — Devern Hansack and Jonathan Van Every were optioned to Pawtucket and Schilling was placed on the 60-day DL.