Wagner could debut tonight
Why didn’t Billy Wagner pitch on Thursday night? Mainly because the Red Sox had the lefty throw a side session before the game so they could get a little more familiar with him.
“Johnny [Farrell] was very happy with it,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I wasn’t out there for it but he was very encouraged. I think it was what we expected.”
Perhaps he will get in there tonight.
And the back-to-back rule with Wagner will be a firm one. Remember, he
is still less than a year removed from Tommy John Surgery.
“He’s not going to pitch back to back days for now, that’s for sure,” said Francona. “Last night is a good example. He wanted to pitch. We told him after his side [session], he wasn’t pitching. So we’re not going to make changes on the fly or emotionally where we can get into a bind, that’s where you make mistakes. It’s hard enough not to make mistakes but we wouldn’t do anything like that. As we get into September, that becomes a lot easier. Easier to manage.”