Well's Well Dry? Youk Back To Lead Off. TONIGHT!
First, from today's Worcester Telegram....."David Wells’ long career, which has included a short stretch with the Red Sox, may be nearing its end.
Wells will be going home to San Diego in the next day or two, manager Terry Francona said yesterday, to have his aching right knee looked at by Dr. Jan Fronek, who operated on it last October.
Yesterday, in the Boston clubhouse, Wells was seen wearing a brace on his right knee. He declined to speak with reporters. Francona said, however, that the pitcher “is having a tough time.”
***Peter here. That's too bad. He took a hard shot to a knee so structurally unsound that this recovery process might not work. There might not be an internal structure to save. And that makes the call up of Craig Hansen, and the probabable Jon Lester start on Saturday that much more important. And of course the emergence (YES,emergence) of David Pauley as our right now 5th starter. Yes, the hole has been plugged, with Hansen up with the big club to fill the role much like Pap's role last year. Long reliever in a non-blow-out, short 1 or 2 inning guy, and spot starter, but hopefully not needed with Pauley showing his stuff. Nice.
And one other thing. After watching Coco since his return, and having the pleasure of watching Kevin Youklis during Coco's 6 week absence, I have come to the conclusion that the Sox would be a better club right now with Youk back in the lead off spot. OBP and number of pitches he makes the opposing pitcher throw, often to start a game, dictate my thinking. Coco, while down in the order, would still be a vital part of our offense. And if and hopefully when his average and ability to be selective at the plate warrant his return to the top spot, GREAT! But now? One word. YOUK!!!