Atchison clears waivers, optioned back to Pawtucket


Atchison clears waivers, optioned back to Pawtucket

By MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- Right-hander Scott Atchison cleared waivers Monday and was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket. He is eligible to pitch for the PawSox as soon as he's added to their roster. He will also be added back to the Red Sox' 40-man roster.

Atchison was called up Thrusday and threw 3 23 innings and 67 pitches that night against the Angels, making him unavailable to pitch again for a few days after that. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves was called up on Friday from Pawtucket to take Atchison's place in the bullpen.

But Atchison could not immediately return to the PawSox -- not only because of his Thursday outing, but because of a little-known technical rule.

Despite the fact that Atchison still has options remaining, he could not immediately be optioned back to Pawtucket. Any player who made his big-league debut more than three years earlier and still has options remaining must first clear optional waivers before he can be optioned back to a minor league team. Atchison made his debut July 31, 2004.

To make room for Aceves on the 25-man roster on Friday, Atchison had to be designated, taking him off the 40-man roster and temporarily opening a spot there.

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Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez to WEEI: Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”