BOSTON Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said hes doing a better job of handling contingencies and the proverbial curveballs now than he was at the beginning of the season.
With left-hander Rich Hill joining the team over the weekend, Aaron Cook a possibility for this week, Andrew Miller on the disabled list, and Mark Melancon a possibility for a recall at some point, Valentine is paying closer attention to potential roster moves.
Im reading reports every day and I have made it to plan D, he said. A, B, C and D, the plans, the what-ifs. You try to have what-ifs. To tell you the truth, I didn't have a what-if at the beginning of the season. Im kicking myself for it.
Its different. Its challenging. Interesting. It is what it is.
The outfield and the bullpen, I didn't have a major plan for not having Jacoby Ellsbury. My fault. I should have. And two-deep in the bullpen. the two guys we traded for during the wintertime Andrew Bailey and Melancon, you figure one of them pitching the ninth inning come April 13.
Instead, he had to adjust on the fly.
Absolutely! Thats what were doing, he said. Absolutely. Thats what Im doing. I think you have to have plans. Im kicking myself a little. I think I didn't have a great plan. But its coming together now.On the fly the plan seems to be working.