Wells, after saying he was happy to stay in Boston, is grouchy once again -- apparently because Terry Francona won't make him the team's #2 starter. WTF? Is the fat man high? Tito:
We were in there with all the pitchers and I kind of explained to him because he wants to know what day he's pitching. I just kind of told him, I said, 'David, as of the fourth of March, you wanted to be traded. Now all of a sudden you want to pitch second.' It's not going to happen.Although Arroyo has allowed 13 hits and 13 walks in a mere six innings this spring, he's probably the least likely of the three to be dealt. He can easily pitch out of the bullpen (in fact, he'll probably begin the season there) and in light of the circumstances surrounding the Sox signing him to a three-year deal this winter, I can't see them courting bad PR among players who might want to come to Boston by quickly sending him out of town.
No surprises: The Red Sox sent 13 players to the minors on Monday, including lefty Jon Lester. ... Keith Foulke will receive a final injection of Synvisc in his left knee this weekend and could pitch in a game next week. ... Dustan Mohr is hitting .471 (8-for-17).
Sunday's Globe magazine had a lengthy cover story on Jonathan Papelbon.