Sleepy morning here, but the Red Sox are making moves in their bullpen. Lefty Rich Hill and righthander Scott Atchison, both of whom were pitching well in Pawtucket, are active for today's game after being told they were coming up at about 3:30 a.m. this morning. Pawtucket was busing to Scranton this morning. .
Both Dan Wheeler (left calf) and Bobby Jenks (biceps) are heading to the disabled list.
Wheeler, with an 11.32 ERA in 11 games, said the calf was no factor in his poor performances of late. It was also the first time he's gone to the disabled list and he didn't seem happy about it. Many players take great pride in never having their names on the DL and Wheeler was certainly one of them.
Both injuries appeared very minor, but it was necessary to find roster space.
Atchison was 1-0 with one save and a 1.04 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 17-1/3 innings for the PawSox. Hill, the sidearming lefty, was 1-0 with one save and a 1.13 ERA over 10 games with 18 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Terry Francona also said it was unlikely that Daisuke Matsuzaka would make his scheduled start on Friday. That means someone else. Could that be Alfredo Aceves? Aceves was scheduled to make a start for Pawtucket tonight. We'll see if he's yanked from that one.
J.D. Drew, who had a bout of vertigo last night, was back in the lineup today.
Dustin Pedroia is getting his first day off after four strikeouts. Francona said the second baseman did not fight him.
Francona slept at the ballpark as did many of the clubhouse workers.
Spoke to Jason Varitek in the clubhouse this morning. He said, "I feel fine." Varitek basically caught a five-hour game and over a 7-1/2-hour period. "The toughest part is stopping and then restarting 2-1/2 hours later. But I'm surprised at how I feel. Little sore, but I'd be sore after a normal game."
Baseball America is reporting that lefty Dennys Reyes has been placed on the restricted list by the Red Sox so he can tend to family matters in Mexico.