Wake and see
Still no definitive word on when Tim Wakefield pitches again for the Red Sox. He threw a side session before Tuesday’s game, but his back simply won’t be right again until he has sugery.
“The strength deficit from one leg to the other is very noticeable. It’s certainly not getting better,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “Because he’s trying hard to do what he does, which is pitch, we’re trying to kind of stay with this and do the right thing. To be honest with you, I don’t know if we know what the right thing is yet. It’s really, nothing has changed. He did throw a side. We want to wait and see how he shows up tomorrow and if he’s better or worse or the same, and we’ll go from there.”
Francona has mentioned loosely a couple of times that Wakefield could return at some point this weekend in Baltimore. Where does that stand?
“Uh, we could either pitch him Sunday in Baltimore or Monday in Kansas City,” Francona said. “And that is because we would wait and see how Dice-k does tonight and if the extra day does him good. And, again, that far off, doesn’t interfere with Wake’s preparation if he’s healthy enough to pitch.”