Saw Red Sox owner John Henry this morning and asked him how it was going.
“It’s going terrible!” he said with a laugh.
The Red Sox are 1-5 and struggling Liverpool just canned a few executives. Maybe today will change his luck.
A few other notes and observations:
• Andrew Bailey is here, his right hand and much of his forearm in a cast after his thumb surgery. He is hopeful he can start throwing again in about seven weeks.
• Andrew Miller will take today and Saturday off and then throw for Pawtucket Sunday and Monday. At that point, he could be ready to return.
• Bobby Valentine indicated that they could drop the extra pitcher after today’s game if Josh Beckett has no issues with his thumb. One of the reasons they kept the extra arm was because of Beckett’s injury.
• Valentine is starting catcher Kelly Shoppach because the Rays have a lefty on the mound in David Price. He also hopes that with Shoppach having spent the last two seasons with the Rays, it could help with calling the game.
“There is no advantage,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Valentine said playing Shoppach was no indictment of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who has been struggling at the plate,
• A few players changed lockers in the clubhouse. Clay Buchholz moved across the row of pitchers to a spot open near Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett. Carl Crawford is in Jason Varitek’s old property. Salty got the corner locker Tim Wakefield had. And Ryan Sweeney takes over where J.D. Drew was.
• Maddon on Bobby V doing a radio show in New York: “I don’t have a radio show in my own city.”
• There are four new televisions in the clubhouse.
• Bobby V redesigned the manager’s office. There is a new desk and he hung up photos of all the previous Sox managers. There’s also a new red carpet and a few framed covers from the vintage World Series programs that he collects.
• John Lackey, Bobby Jenks, and Daisuke Matsuzaka are not in the house. The Sox kept them in Fort Myers.