Notes: Bowden called up to Sox; rotation shuffled

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Notes: Bowden called up to Sox; rotation shuffled

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Tim Wakefield was set to take John Lackeys place in the rotation Tuesday night. Instead he'll be pushed back to face the Cubs Sunday in the homestand finale.

Clay Buchholz is scheduled to face the Tigers Wednesday night, followed by Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Alfredo Aceves, who is taking Daisuke Matsuzakas place in the rotation.

I think were pretty fortunate, manager Terry Francona said of being able to slide Wakefield and Aceves into the rotation, before joking. Wakes . . . been pitching since I was a kid." As for Aceves, he said: "Thats why we signed him. We think he can go out there and do a good job.

Wakefield hasn't pitched since throwing 1 13 innings in Toronto on May 11. Francona will try to get the knuckleballer some work in a game before Sundays start.

Well see how were doing and what he needs, Francona said. I told him well talk to him about it Wednesday.

Aceves, who has made two starts this season for the PawSox, will be making his first big-league start since July 9, 2009 with the Yankees.

Its hard to say, Aceves of what he can expect in his start. The body is going to tell you when you're tired. You can prepare yourself. Everybody works different. In the game your bodys going to tell you.

Aceves, who got the win in relief Monday, will try to get into a starters routine before Saturday.

Try to catch up on the same page as a starter, he said. Third day bullpen, next day short, couple of breaking pitches, flat ground, the next day just play catch.

Right-hander Michael Bowden will be activated Wednesday to take Matsuzakas spot on the roster. He found out about the move around midnight after Mondays game. The PawSox were preparing for a trip to Columbus.

Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler called me at midnight, and woke me up, Bowden said. I was already in bed because we had a 4:30 wakeup call to catch a 7:00 flight. So that was good news, got to not only sleep in but get the call up here.

How will he be used with the Sox?

Out of the bullpen, he said. Just be ready, thats all that I know.

Since moving from the rotation to the bullpen in the middle of last season Bowden has worked only in relief. In 14 appearances, spanning 15 13 innings, with the Sox last season, he posted a record of 0-1 with a 4.70. In 14 games with the PawSox this season, he is 1-0 with four saves and a 1.59 ERA in 14 games, spanning 22 23 innings.

No word yet on a possible makeup date for Tuesdays rainout. The Orioles return to Fenway twice more this season. In July, they are in Boston for a four-game series, July 7-10, just before the All-Star break. But that is also the conclusion of a three-city, 10-game road trip for the Os. They also return to Fenway for a three-game series Sept. 19-21.

Bobby Jenks, on the DL because of a right biceps strain since May 2, was eligible to be activated Tuesday. But he threw for the first time and will likely need a rehab assignment before he can be activated.

Jenks threw today from 60 feet. Good intensity, Francona said. Hell move back a little bit farther tomorrow and he did very well. That was good.

Dan Wheeler, who's been on the DL with a left calf strain since May 5, is eligible to be activated Friday and will likely be ready then.

I dont see any reason why he won't be ready, Francona said.

Francona was asked if Lackeys elbow problem correlates to his last two starts, when he allowed 17 combined runs over 10 23 innings on 19 hits and eight walks.

I dont know, Francona said. Theres a lot of gray area there. If you talk to a starting pitcher, if they make 35 starts, I bet you they tell you they feel good physically about six or seven. So actually, what I told the media yesterday was actually about as honest as I can be. We didnt feel a rush to do anything because we knew we could cover the spot today. If he was okay, we were going to let him pitch. We know hes been having a rough time but we also know hes a pretty good professional pitcher and we also know hes going to turn it around.

Now all of a sudden you start talking about someone being tender or sore or hurt, that makes it a little bit tougher. Then you got a guy who wants to pitch through it and we respect that, so we put our heads together and talked to the medical people and talked to Lack and took it out of his hands.

That would be terrific if this little shutdown really helps him and he feels
good and he starts throwing and we can get him right back when its time to come
up. I dont know if thats the case. I hope it is.

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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 WEEI.com 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 WEEI.com’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.