Manager Terry Francona seemed pretty impressed with the major league debut of Kason Gabbard yesterday, in which the rookie went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits and 3 runs (2 earned). He isn’t quite sure how Gabbard will be used in the future with the club, especially given the team’s Thursday off day in between the series in Oakland and the one at home against Anaheim. He could skip the turn in the rotation or move back all his starters, giving them each and extra day of rest and including Gabbard in the rotation for another start.
David Wells remains on schedule for a simulated game tomorrow in Oakland. He should pitch about 5 innings, throwing approximately 75 to 80 pitches, with the team making sure that he will be able to field his position when he makes his expected return to the rotation. He’ll go against Alex Cora and Doug Mirabelli, according to Francona.
Keith Foulke also will pitch tomorrow, though he’s expected to throw far less than Wells.
That’s it from Seattle, folks. We’re headed to Oakland this evening, after the game, and will be back with you tomorrow for a series that could feature some fireworks. Remember, after all, the not-so-veiled threats that came from Nick Swisher last week, after the excitable Athletic was hit in the ribs by a 96 mile-per-hour Curt Schilling fastball. While the teams stayed calm — and Swisher and Milton Bradley stayed out of the starting lineup in the series finale — that might not be the case in Oakland. We’ll keep you updated.