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Lefty Scott Schoeneweis, just 10 days after the sting of being released by the Milwaukee Brewers,will be one of the 25 Red Sox to be on the active roster for Sunday night’s Season Opener against the Yankees.
The 36-year-old lefty, who endured personal tragedy last May when his wife died, beat out Joe Nelson for the final spot on the roster.
He will board the team plane to Washington D.C. later this afternoon, as the Sox have a one-day exhbition series in the nation’s capital tomorrow, and then it’s back to Fenway.
“I’m all dressed, I combed my hair. I’m ready to go,” Schoeneweis said.
It is an exciting accomplishment for Schoeneweis.
“It is. It’s been a rough last 10 months or so. Like I said, there’s many times I didn’t know where I was going to be able to play, whether I wanted to play, whether I could play at all,” Schoeneweis said. “At least for the time being, I could take solace in the fact that my family stuck by me, everyone is doing well. I’m doing well. I kept battling. I grew up going to Red Sox games. It’s a pretty special thing. I’ll be real excited come Sunday.”
He was vocal last week after being released by the Brewers, but Schoeneweis explained what a difficult road it has been for him over the last year, as the father of four children who lost their mother.
“I think there’s a lot of things that have been misconstrued, I think, with some of the comments that I’ve made,” Schoeneweis said. “I never was upset with the Brewers. I wasn’t upset with anyone. You’ve got to understand, I was just disappointed with my situation in general. Again, I dealt with stuff that was beyond my control. There’s no blue-print for this. I don’t know what the decision is. It’s not like I can call up Joe Blow up from 2003 and say, hey, when your wife died, how did you go about it? How did you feel about what you should do? This is all new to me. It’s also one of the reasons I really wanted to play this year, to see how I could handle it, how my kids handled it.”
Manager Terry Francona informed righty reliever Scott Atchison this morning that he is on the team. It is a feel-good story of sorts, as Atchision returned to the U.S. after pitching the last two years in Japan, hoping he’d be able to win a spot in the Majors.
The final spot on the roster is between lefty reliever Scott Schoeneweis — who will pitch today — and righty Joe Nelson. Either way, Nelson will travel with the team to Washington. The Red Sox are hoping to have a better read on Schoeneweis by the end of the day.
Alan Embree, the club has determined, is not ready for Opening Day. They’ve asked the lefty to pitch on a rehab program, which would consist of several outings in the Minors. Embree is going to mull it over and talk to his family. He has an opt-out clause in his contract on April 15.
And Junichi Tazawa, the Japanese prospect, will undergo Tommy John ligament transfer surgery on his elbow. Tazawa will be operated on by the renowned Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday. The righty won’t pitch at all this season, but given the normal time-table of Tommy John recovery, he could be ready by the early portion of the 2011 season.
Jeremy Hermida left todays’ game with right hamstring tightness. Will follow up with more when I get more.
Back in Fort Myers this morning, Scott Schoeneweis arrived, Kevin Frandsen arrived, and Mike Lowell discussed the foul ball that nailed him in the left knee and knocked him out of Friday’s game.
Manager Terry Francona said it’s hard to know just when Lowell will be ready for a return to action.
“He’s tender, but not horrible,” said Francona. “Pretty tender. He kind of popped his head in before we left. I don’t know when he’ll play. We’ll see. I guess not as bad as it could have been but again, I kind of come back to what I told you guys – you guys saw the same thing I did. It was painful.”
“When I saw that yesterday, he went down in a hurry. You know he wanted to play. We’ll just keep an eye on him. He’s in there today and he’ll do what he can do.”
As for Schoeneweis, he is fully into his spring routine, having just been released by the Brewers a few days ago. The Red Sox will try to get a quick read on him and determine if he is a fit.
“We’ll see, we’ll just try to cover everything,” Francona said. “We have Alan [Embree] here. We know it’s going to be kind of a short look. That’s why we’re trying not to mess around and prolong it. We want him to be able to get out there and pitch a few times so we can make some good decisions.”
MLB.com’s Maureen Mullen was among the reporters who spoke with the lefty in Fort Myers this morning.
Schoeneweis is excited that the Red Sox have given him a chance. He has gone through a lot in the last year, with his wife dying suddenly last May. His kids will spend time with him in Florida this week.
“They have spring break next week and they’re going to come out and hang out at the beach,” Schoeneweis said. “That takes the sting of having to be this far away. Most guys would rather be without their family in Spring Training. My situation’s a little different. I feel much better with them around. So it took the sting out of having to leave so suddenly, and come out here to Florida. So it’ll be fun for everybody.”
He has thrived throughout his career at Fenway, and used to attend games there as a kid.
“It’s a special [place] for me,” he said. “Came to Fenway as a little guy, all through my life growing up. It’s always been a special palace. I’ve always pitched well there, and I think it’s just because I love it so much. I’m an East Coast guy,anyway. I enjoyed my time in New York [with the Mets], bought a house in Connecticut. I like the weather in Arizona, but with everything else I’m an East Coast guy. So, this should be pretty special.”
The Red Sox will do as much evaluating as they can over the next few days. With that in mind, they will break up their pitching on Monday. Boof Bonser, who had a minor groin injury during his last start, will pitch in the Minors that day, and so will Daisuke Matsuzaka. Josh Beckett will start the Monday night game, with both Embree and Schoeneweis pitching out of the bullpen that night.
After breaking camp on Friday, the Red Sox will play one exhibition game on Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital against the Nats. Tim Wakefield and Dice-K are expected to pitch in that one.
Josh Beckett will get the ball on Opening Night (April 4), when the Red Sox open the 2010 season against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Jon Lester will pitch the second game of that series two days later, while John Lackey draws the finale on April 7, making his first start in a Boston uniform.
Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield will pitch the season’s fourth game, on April 9 at Kansas City. Beckett will pitch the second game of that series and Clay Buchholz, Boston’s No. 5 starter to open the season, will pitch the finale of that three-game set against the Royals. Lester will slide in again after that, and the pitchers will stay in their regular order from there.
In other news, the Sox have made a depth move, acquiring utilityman Kevin Frandsen in a trade with the Giants. The Sox will send a player to be named or cash. Frandsen, a close friend of Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, will report to camp on Saturday.
And there was another transaction recorded by busy general manager Theo Epstein shortly thereafter, as veteran lefty Scott Schoenewis agreed to terms on a Minor League deal that included an invite to camp. The Red Sox signed Alan Embree last week, and released Brian Shouse this morning. The battle is on for the final spots in the Boston bullpen.
For what it’s worth, Schoenweis has thrived at Fenway in his career, holding opponents to a .168 average and 2.59 ERA. He is the cousin of Red Sox special advisor Jeremy Kapstein.