The Red Sox have recalled reliever Scott Atchison from Triple-A Pawtucket and placed Jon Lester on the disabled list with a left lat strain.
Lester tossed four no-hittings in Tuesday's 3-2 Red Sox win, but left with the injury. Manager Terry Francona said on Wednesday's Big Show that the team would decide Lester's fate after the 27-year-old ace had an MRI, and said prior to Wednesday's tilt with the Blue Jays that Lester was indeed headed for the DL.
Atchison, 35, has made seven major-league appearances this season, tossing 13 2/3 innings from May 5 to June 3. He has given up seven runs with the Sox on 17 hits, walking two and striking out nine with an ERA of 4.73. He has a 2-1 record and 1.39 ERA in 17 appearances with Pawtucket this season.
In 43 appearances last season, Atchison had a 4.50 ERA over 60 innings.
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And in the 86th game, he rested.
For the first time as a member of the Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup. The first baseman will sit against Jays lefty Ricky Romero, against whom he is 1-for-6 with five strikeouts this year. Manager Terry Francona said on The Big Show that Gonzalez has also been dealing with some neck stiffness that played into the decision to have him out of the lineup.
In his absence, Kevin Youkilis will return to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game due to soreness in his upper back after being hit by a pitch on Monday. Youkilis, for the first time this year, will play first base, while Yamaico Navarro gets the start at third base. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate for knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
For matchup information of how the Jays have fared against Wakefield and how the Sox have done against Romero,...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Wednesday, discussing the health of pitcher Jon Lester and his decision to give first baseman Adrian Gonzalez the night off Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Lester came out of Tuesday's 3-2 win after four no-hit innings due to a strained left latissimus dorsi muscle. Francona said Wednesday that an MRI was scheduled for the 27-year-old, and that he will not pitch again before the All-Star break.
"He won't pitch Sunday. I think that's a foregone conclusion," Francona said. "I think the next decision is do we DL him? We were probably going to have him come out last anyway out of the break, just because we wanted to build in a break for him. If we're going to have him miss 10, 11, 12 days, another three may not be -- that's what I kind of mean by erring on the side of caution."
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MLB Network and NESN analyst Peter Gammons joined the Mut & Merloni show on Wednesday to discuss the state of affairs with the Red Sox.
Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is scheduled to go to Charlotte on Wednesday to seek a third opinion on his back injury. Both Gammons and the Red Sox are confident that it will be the same as the first two and just be a muscular problem.
Gammons does note the Sox need it to be muscular so they can get Buchholz back in their rotation.
"For the Red Sox, they have to hope so," Gammons said. "It will be very difficult for them to even be in the playoffs without Buchholz, [Jon] Lester and [Josh] Beckett pitching well. They are all extraordinary pitchers. … They have to hope he comes back. I kept being reassured yesterday that it is going to work out, but you just don’t know about these things until they go out there. It’s an issue."
Gammons clarified his...
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to offer his opinions on the state of the team.
The big topic of discussion this week has been the struggles of John Lackey. Schilling had plenty to say about the former Angels hurler who has yet to live up to his big free agent contract in Boston.
"I don't know that you've gotten much different than what was [in Anaheim]," Schilling said. "This was a guy who always pitched to contact, a guy who didn't have — with maybe the exception of a year – was never a high strikeout guy, coming to the biggest and best and most potent offensive division in baseball.
"I know he's someone who has always hated pitching in Fenway. He made multiple comments after multiple series — especially in the postseason — about pitching here. I was surprised to see him sign here, actually. I don't know what the competitive...
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