We think this is the best thing for Schill. He really hasn't been consistent with his velocity and he has not been able to be consistent with high-caliber stuff over the course of a game.Terry Francona:
Timlin and Schill are going to, more often than not, pitch at the end of games. Schill's not going to go every day. This is going to be a little bit unique. ... This is not permanent. Whether it's two weeks, two months, it's not two years. We don't know what's going to happen. Two weeks ago we weren't having this conversation. We're trying to do the best we can. I don't think we have leeway to not win.The few Red Sox players who spoke on the record voiced their displeasure at the move. Johnny Damon got the most ink:
I don't think he's ready to be our closer. I think Bronson or Timlin are the choice as the closer. ... The whole team wants Timlin, and if not Timlin, Arroyo. ... [Schilling's] never done it. He throws 60 pitches to get loose for a game. ... Schilling's a little too old and it takes too long to get loose to be in that closer role. ... They're panicking. We're [four] games up and it feels like we're 10 down.Timlin:
The guy's not a bullpen pitcher. I understand what they're saying, that they can put him in the bullpen and have him help out, but it's like they're saying you can just take a guy and put him out in the 'pen and have him do what we do. It's not just about getting guys out. It's about doing it day after day after day, in all sorts of situations.Tim Wakefield:
The way our rotation is now, if it doesn't stay healthy, we need another starter. I'd rather have Curt coming in as a starter than having him close and then counting on our rotation to stay healthy for the rest of the year. We were fortunate last year that we all made every one of our starts, all five of us. That's very rare.An unnamed player said the decision was a "slap in the face" to other relievers.
RHP Scott Cassidy was called up from Pawtucket to replace Foulke on the roster. Cassidy (3.81 ERA in 25 appearances for the PawSox) pitched for the Blue Jays in 2002 (5.73 ERA in 58 games). ... Damon extended his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest of any player in baseball this season. ... Over his last 18 games, David Ortiz is hitting .384 (28-for-73) with 21 RBI. He homered and drove in three runs last night.
Matt Clement pitched 8.2 innings last night, throwing a season-high 122 pitches. Alan Embree got the final out: "Warming up I felt great again. It was like, 'OK, well here's your chance to make up for some of the crap you did earlier.' You can print that."
Thursday: David Wells / Daniel Cabrera, 7:00
Friday: Bronson Arroyo / Sidney Ponson, 7:35
Saturday: Wade Miller / Bruce Chen, 1:00
Sunday: Tim Wakefield / Rodrigo Lopez, 1:30