The more I think about what Wakefield means to this rotation, the more I worry about his injury. If he can't come back to pitch soon, the Red Sox will replace him in the rotation with Johnson. Add Snyder and Wells to the mix and what have you got?
Two or three starters pitching fewer innings.
Which means the relief pitchers are going to be pitching a lot more.
Which is going to put a lot of strain on the other starters (Schilling, Beckett and Lester) to pitch more innings when they go out there.
Which is just going to overload the whole system as the second half moves into what will most likely be a closely contested three-way race.
Which is why I'm worried.
BostonHerald.com - Boston Red Sox: Sox put Wakefield on hold
Tim Wakefield underwent a battery of tests yesterday, including CAT and bone scans, to try to get a better grasp on why his strained back has not improved.
Further review of the tests will be conducted, probably today, as the team tries to figure out if he will make his next start on Saturday, or go on the disabled list.
"We are trying to buy Wake some time to see how he bounces back," said manager Terry Francona. "We don’t have to do anything. We would like to give him some time to see how he reacts, then we will go from there."