A Francona slip?
The Red Sox have still not announced the rotation for the first handful of games of the 2010 season, mainly because of the unique dilemma of having three off-days before the eighth game. But it sure stands to reason that Josh Beckett is pitching Easter Sunday night against the Yankees. All you have to do is look at the way the schedule lines up, and Beckett’s last Grapefruit League start is Monday, meaning he would have five days of rest before Opening Night.
Asked if all the pitchers would be making the trip to Washington D.C. for the one exhibition game on April 3, Francona said, “Everybody will go with us. I think even Beckett.”
Veteran Red Sox scribe Sean McAdam kiddingly asked Francona why he would single Beckett out. Everyone laughed. Francona was then asked if this was a good time to announce his Opening Night starter. But he respectfully declined, saying that the staff is still going through the process of communicating with each pitcher and that players should be informed of all decisions before the media is informed. Fair enough.
As for other matters, Boof Bonser’s groin tightness from the other day was nothing more than a minor ailment. He is long tossing today and should throw a bullpen tomororw. No word yet on when he will get back into game action.
Staying in the minor injury department, Dustin Pedroia (sprained left wrist) will be back in the lineup for Friday’s home game against the Blue Jays.
“He actually probably could have gone today,” Francona said. “I don’t know if that makes a lot of sense. He’s already in the cage. The medical staff has no problem with him going through his normal day. If there’s any red flag at all, we wouldn’t play him tomorrow but I don’t see that happening. He’ll drive everybody crazy if we don’t play him.”