Last year I was on my way to pitching 200 innings [108.2 at the ASB] and then due to circumstances beyond my control -- I didn't hurt my shoulder, I didn't hurt myself pitching, I hurt my back swinging in interleague -- it didn't happen. ... I think I've earned the right to be a full-time starter and go from there.Even if Wakefield is healthy, there are still five other possible starters -- Jon Lester, Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, John Lackey, and Clay Buchholz.
Jeremy Hermida avoided arbitration by agreeing yesterday to a $3.345 million contract for 2010. ... You have probably already heard about this, but Ian Browne has some inside information on the Jason Bay contract talks -- and disputes about the health of Bay's shoulder and knees.
The ProJo's Joe McDonald has a feature on outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland. Gary DiSarcina managed Westmoreland in Lowell (A):
He has zero fear hitting with two strikes on him. ... He's very mature in the field [and] you don't have to tell him things twice. He retains information very well, and he makes adjustments, which is very rare for kids his age.