Notes: Atchison optioned back, Bowden called up


Notes: Atchison optioned back, Bowden called up

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON After pitching three innings Friday night against the As, in relief of Tim Wakefield, Scott Atchison returned to Triple-A Pawtucket this morning. Right-hander Michael Bowden was called up to take his place.

We spoke to Atch after the game Friday night and kind of told him, actually after I talked to the media, that we may make a move, manager Terry Francona said. We wanted to think about it. We wanted to see with weather, with travel . . . Triple A was in Scranton . . . just wanted to make sure we could make a move. So Michael landed five minutes ago and hes on his way and we optioned Atch back. Just trying to, again, if something happens, not ruin the bullpen.

Atchison will likely be a call-up when rosters expand on Sept. 1. Atchison is in his final season with options. He has already had five stints with the Sox this season, so he's used to getting the news. But its not always easy for the manager to deliver.

I know its tougher on him, but I dont enjoy it, Francona said. He comes up and sometimes his role, or if he stays on our team is determined by the way somebody else pitches or like he pitched so well last night but he pitched long so he can't come back and pitch today. So he has to go back. Yeah, its unfortunate. Guys get in that position sometimes. Next year that wont happen. That option will be (gone). Its happened with other players. You have to do it but its not fun. Dont take pleasure in it for sure.

Bowden has appeared in six games for the Sox this season, the most recent on June 22 against the Padres. He has allowed one earned run in seven innings for an ERA of 1.29. In 41 games with the PawSox this season, all in relief, he is 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 16 saves.

Francona has set his rotation for the three-game series against the Yankees, beginning Tuesday at Fenway Park. John Lackey will pitch Tuesday, followed by Josh Beckett, and Jon Lester.

Francona is unsure when Tim Wakefield, who took the loss Friday night, will start next.
We have the Yankees series planned out and then we need to see what were going to do, Francona said.

Hideki Matsui sent a present to the Sox clubhouse for Darnell McDonald: The bat he cracked grounding out, 1-4-3, in the ninth inning in McDonalds professional pitching debut Friday night. McDonald who was surprised that it was the actual bat from the play, smiled when it was pointed out to him. McDonald said he would keep it but hoped Matsui would add his nickname Godzilla to the Hideki Matsui, 55 already on the bat. Pointing to the scuff mark on the bat, McDonald said with a smile, See, I got inside on him.

J.D. Drew on the disabled list since July 20 with a left shoulder impingement, went 0-for-2 with a run scored, a walk, and was hit by a pitch serving as Single-A Lowells designated hitter in a rehab assignment Friday night. He was originally expected to play for the Spinners on Saturday. But he was in the Sox clubhouse Saturday morning and will not play today.

Bobby Jenks on the 15-day DL since July 8 with left back tightness, is expected to pitch in an inning for Single-A Salem on Saturday.

Third baseman Kevin Youkilis, on the DL since Aug. 18 with a low back strain, took infield this morning.

Clay Buchholz, on the DL since June 17 with a lower back strain, is expected to be reevaluated within the next few days. Francona said. He cannot throw until Thursday at the earliest.

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Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.