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Wells on Monday

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 28, 2006 05:05 PM

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The trading deadline is on Monday, but the Sox will turn to the disabled list that day for their starting pitcher. David Wells will start against the Cleveland Indians, forgoing a rehab assignment to return to the Sox rotation. Kyle Snyder will pitch on Tuesday and Jon Lester is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

"Hopefully that goes well," said manager Terry Francona, "and we keep him right in the rotation right on through the end."

Wells threw a five-inning simulated game in Oakland on Monday, throwing all his pitches to Gabe Kapler and Alex Cora. Wells, according to Francona, moved well on the mound and didn't report any problems when he had to cover first base.

Ultimately, Francona said that Wells, who would have been accepting of a rehab start, will better serve the club by starting in Boston against the Indians.

"I really thought he looked like he's supposed to, moving around real good," Francona said. "You kind of hate to waste a start. We want him to pitch for us. He was more than willing to go through whatever we wanted to do."

"He was more than willing to go out and do whatever we wanted to do," said Francona. "This is not just him balking at going to Triple A. We just kind of feel let's go have him pitch for us, and we think he threw enough in that simulated game [on Monday in Oakland] so he can get to a decent point in the game where we have a chance to win it and we don't kill our bullpen."

In two starts this season, the 43-year-old Wells is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA. He's pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing 15 hits while recording one strikeout.

Wells has not pitched for the Sox since May 26, when he started against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Wells was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning after he was struck in the right knee by a liner off the bat of Travis Lee.

The Globe's Chris Gasper contributed to this report.

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