Wake in limbo
No word yet on when Tim Wakefield will pitch again this season, or if he will. The veteran knuckleballer has battled through immense discomfort in his back to give the Red Sox four starts in the second half, during which he is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA.
The Red Sox appear locked in to a rotation that will include Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Considering Wakefield’s health, it’s unclear if there is much he could provide out of the bullpen.
“I don’t know. There’s so much uncertainty there,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He’s not going to pitch this weekend. We have decisions to make, so I really don’t know. That’s one of the things we’ll talk about. It’s difficult for us. We all acknowledge who he is, what he’s done for the organization for a long time. He’s also out there on one leg, so it makes it difficult.”