Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Schill Shut Down; Lester Waiting In The Wings?

The Red Sox announced that Curt Schilling has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to this past Monday. The MRI on his shoulder showed no damage, but he had a cortisone shot and thought their might have been a touch of tendonitis there. The Red Sox decided to edge on the side of caution and shut him down. That means he will be out until July 3, which is the Red Sox first meeting of the year with the Devil Rays. Josh Beckett will pitch this coming Sunday against the Padres, taking Schilling's turn, and Julian Tavarez will open the series in Seattle on Monday.

So now the speculation will revolve around who will take Schilling's place. They don't have to make that decision until after the weekend, but this could mean the return of Jon Lester to the Red Sox. He's been pitching very well at Pawtucket, but he had a shaky outing today at Indianapolis, walking four in five innings and giving up three runs and striking out three.

Another logical candidate maybe Kason Gabbard, the lefty who pitched very well a few weeks ago in a win against the Atlanta Braves at Fenway. We'll see who they decide to go with by next week.


Michael Leggett said...

I was at the Gabbard Game:

Pitched Great Ball;

The Standing O was wild & enormous

Dave said...

I'd go with Gabbard. He pitched well up here in May and has had a wonderful AAA season so far. Let Lester work out the bugs a little longer. We're in a position where we don't have to bring him back until we feel like doing so.

The Omnipotent Q said...

I have to agree that Gabbard might be the logical choice right now, as I know the Sox don't wish to rush Lester back. And since he was so effective against Atlanta and doing so well at AAA, he may well be up to pitch against Seattle.

s1c said...

Gabbard should be the choice but since it is in Seattle, I would not be surprised to see Lester.