Tim Wakefield says his shoulder is pain-free. He'll throw another side session on Sunday and Terry Francona would not rule out using Wakefield in the Yankees series next week. That may depend on what happens with Josh Beckett, who will throw on the side tomorrow.
SoSH TaLK on the Buchholz demotion. Since May 7, Buchholz has pitched in 10 games, including nine starts: 42 innings, 62 hits, 27 walks, 39 strikeouts, 9.21 ERA and an opponents batting line of .343/.427/.536. HH:
When I put one guy on base, it feels like the bases are loaded. Instead of gritting my teeth and saying, "Let's get these guys out," I'm thinking, "Now what's going to happen?" I don't have a very high confidence level and something has to change.Laptop will be reunited with Portland pitching coach Mike Cather, who also worked with Buchholz in Wilmington (A).
Julio Lugo, looking forward to beginning a rehab assignment in Pawtucket next week, reinjured his left quadriceps yesterday while running sprints at Camden Yards.