FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All day, reports about the Red Sox' acquisition of Chris Carpenter were careful to draw the distinction between this Carpenter and the Chris Carpenter who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Once fans see this Chris Carpenter pitch, there'll probably be no mistaking him for the pitcher who won the N.L. Cy Young Award in 2005.
One National League scout who saw the Red Sox' Chris Carpenter throw in both the minors and the big leagues said the right-hander was "a solid bullpen arm, but not anyone with the stuff to close."
Said another veteran evaluator: "He's not a bad guy to have in the sixth or seventh innings. But I'm not sure he's ever going to be more than that."
Carpenter appeared in 10 games last season with the Cubs, pitching 9 23 innings, all in relief and compiled a 2.79 ERA. In part of three minor-league seasons, he appeared in 96 games -- 60 in relief, with 36 starts -- and had a 3.42 ERA.
On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
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