Not much news to report since it all ended for the Red Sox last Sunday, but there are a couple of minor medical updates.
Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, as first reported by WEEI.com, will have his back surgery on Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lawrence Borges. Once the procedure is over, the Red Sox can officially decide if Wakefield is back in the fold for the 2010 season.
Unless there are any complications, I fully expect Wakefield to embark on a 16th season with the Sox. I fully don’t get people who think they should commit that $4 million to a younger, healthier player. Wakefield fully earned his $4 million in the first half alone, making the All-Star team. If you need prove, then check out what Brad Penny did for $5 million of the Red Sox’s money and what John Smoltz did for $5.5 million.
Ever since agreeing to annual $4 million extensions every year, starting with the 2006 season, Wakefield has proved to be worth all of that money.
While Wakefield does need surgery, it apears that Jed Lowrie does not need another procedure on his torublesome left wrist.
Lowrie consulted with Dr. Donald Sheridan in Arizona shortly after the Red Sox were knocked out of the playoffs.
“The prognosis is good,” Lowrie wrote in an e-mail to WEEI.com. “With rest, strength and conditioning it should be 100 percent.”
What is hardly 100 percent certain is who will be the starting shortstop for the Red Sox next season.