Big Bartolo ready to take ball
We are roughly 15 minutes away from Bartolo Colon’s first offiicial pitch as a member of the Red Sox, and the anticipation is building. Well, not really, but it sounds good to say it.
But seriously, it will be very intriguing to see exactly how Bart fits into the mix here. Obviously his upside is huge. Downside? There really is none. If it doesn’t work out, you’ll have Buchholz or Masterson or eventually maybe even Schilling.
Julian Tavarez is in Pawtucket, but I highly doubt you will see him in a Red Sox uniform again this season. It sounds like they are just trying to bide time before a trade. As Francona said, “Tavarez is going to pitch in the big leagues.”
Francona laughed when a reporter mentioned to him before the game that Manny Ramirez remains “stuck” on 498 homers. I can think of worse numbers to get stuck on. He could be stuck on 14. When Francona said that, I thought for sure that must have been the number of times he went deep in his career. But upon further review, Tito hit 16 jacks.
For the second night in a row, bench coach Brad Mills will coach third. DeMarlo Hale is home in Florida tending to his wife, who is undergoing some medical tests.
I asked Tito before the game about the prospects of Masterson pitching out of the bullpen: “Yeah, he could probably certainly help us just because of his style. He’s two years into pro ball. I think the starters innings are really, really beneficial. Where that takes him the rest of the year, i don’t know. A lot of things get talked about within the organization and I think your question makes sense. But I think starters innings right now are really beneficial to him.”