A couple of nuggets from today's Red Sox news as they prepare to go for the sweep against the Twins:
According to boston.com Carl Crawford is going to be seeking a second opinion on his elbow. This is not good news for Red Sox fans. This thing just won't go away and what is up with the Red Sox medical team? They just can't get anything right. Hopefully this will be something minor, but if you believe in the theory where there is smoke there is fire, your alarm should be going off.
Clay Buchholz is on the hill tonight. He is looking for a solid start to get his season turned around. He has had a tendency to get off to a slow start in his first 3 games. Let's hope he can shut the twins down for the first 3 innings tonight and then get on a roll from there.
Deacon's #12 Sox prospect for the month of April has been moved to the bullpen for the PawSox. Alex Wilson who tops out at 96mph with a good slider. He was drafted in the 2nd round in 2009 and he has been a starting pitcher ever since then. The Sox clearly have a plan to transition him to the bullpen just like Doubront, Papelbon, Buchholz and others before him have done. He has the potential to be a set up guy sometime soon and the closer of the future.
Rich Hill pitched a scoreless inning for Pawtucket last night and appears to be getting close to returning to the Boston bullpen. Mark Melancon has pitched 3 scoreless innings since getting to Pawtucket. I believe he needs about 5 more good appearances before I would be ready to call him back up.
We'll end on a positive note...after the horrendous start of the first 14 games as of today the Sox are only 3.5 games out of first place! There is no live chat scheduled for tonight so check back here for in game updates and dialogue. We'll have tonight's lineup posted as soon as we get it. Go Sox!!