Byrd is the word
I’m looking forward to the return of Paul Byrd to the Major Leagues, as the crafty rigthy is expected to kick off his second tenure for the Sox on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Bye bye, Tazawa — for now. However, look for the righty to be right back on the roster on Tuesday. That is why he was optioned to the Gulf Coast League instead of Pawtucket.
The Monday off-day gives Red Sox manager Terry Francona some nice flexibility with his rotation for the series at Tropicana Field. Jon Lester will step into Tim Wakefield’s spot on Tuesday, as the knuckleballer has once again been sidelined by back problems. Josh Beckett will likely take the ball Wednesday, with Clay Buchholz going on Thursday. Byrd will pitch again on Friday, most likely, with an unnamed starter for Saturday. Perhaps Wakefield would be ready for a return to action by then, or the nod could go to Tazawa.