05/05/11 7:24 PM ET
Personal matter lands Reyes on restricted list
By Evan Drellich and Jason Mastrodonato / MLB.com
Reyes has yet to make a Minor League game appearance after he was designated for assignment on April 8. He was sent to extended spring training after clearing waivers.
The winner of a crowded competition for the left-handed spot in Boston's bullpen, Reyes broke camp with the big league team, but he made just four appearances before he designated for assignment.
Relievers Jenks, Wheeler land on disabled list
BOSTON -- Right-handers Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler were put on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, allowing the team to call up some needed arms after Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Angels in 13 innings. Right-hander Scott Athcison was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and the contract of left-hander Rich Hill was selected.
Due to cramping in his right bicep, Jenks was the only Red Sox reliever who did not pitch Wednesday that ended in the wee hours of Thursday morning because of rain.
"We're going to get him looked at today, get him checked out," manager Terry Francona said. "I don't think anybody thinks that it's anything serious. When you go through a game like last night though and guys aren't available, we're going to put him on the disabled list. We talked to him about that last night."
Francona said Wheeler has been bothered by his left calf. Both he and Jenks have struggled to start the year after signing with the Red Sox as free agents this offseason, Jenks to the tune of a 9.35 ERA, Wheeler to an 11.32 mark.
Wheeler allowed two runs and recorded just one out in his appearance Wednesday. He said Thursday morning he wasn't sure when his calf started bothering him, but that it wasn't an issue in his last appearance.
"No, absolutely not," Wheeler said. "I feel good, there are just a couple pitches here and there I'm getting hurt on, so I have to make sure I refine that and go get focused a little bit."
Atchison's promotion lasts just one game
BOSTON -- Scott Atchison's on that shuttle again.
Woken up at 3:30 a.m. ET on Thursday so he could join the Red Sox to help a tired bullpen, Atchison threw 67 pitches and allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings in an 11-0 loss against the Angels. After the game, he cleared out his locker.
The Red Sox had no move to officially announce on Thursday, but Atchison, who still has options, made no secret that he was returning to Triple-A Pawtucket. A Major League source said Alfredo Aceves would likely be recalled prior to Friday's game.
"I've been over this before, so I don't think there's really anything to say," said Atchison, who's 35. "Obviously I have an option, they need pitching, so I'm the guy."
Atchison said manager Terry Francona told him after the game "thanks, and unfortunately, we need pitching."
Following Wednesday's five-hour affair that used every healthy reliever in the bullpen -- and Daisuke Matsuzaka for one inning -- the Red Sox recalled Atchison and selected the contract of left-hander Rich Hill both on Thursday morning. They took the Major League roster spots of Bobby Jenks (right bicep strain) and Dan Wheeler (left calf strain), who were added to the 15-day disabled list.
Hill, who threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings Thursday, would have to clear waivers if the Red Sox wanted to demote him again, as he is out of options.
While with the PawSox, Hill recorded 18 strikeouts, issued five walks and posted a 0.81 ERA over 16 innings. The 31-year-old southpaw made six appearances out of the bullpen for Boston toward the end of last season, pitching four scoreless innings.
Hill lowered his arm slot in Spring Training, pitching almost side-arm at one point, but he made some adjustments early in the season to bring it back up.
"I raised the arm slot to low three-quarters and the velocity jumped, I'd say a pretty good deal," Hill said. "I think it just created a little bit more angle on the pitch and more leverage from that standpoint.
"You raise that arm slot just two or three inches, it creates that leverage that you need and that action on the ball and kind of changes the whole way the ball comes out of your hand. And the life was back again and the velocity was there."
While Hill had much more success facing left-handed batters in his career, Francona believes Hill's changeup will allow him to fare well against righties as well. Hill joins Hideki Okajima as the other lefty in Boston's bullpen, marking the first time this season the Sox have carried two southpaw relievers.
Atchison had struck out 17 compared to one walk in 17 1/3 innings with Pawtucket, including one start. The 35-year-old tossed 60 innings for Boston last season, striking out 41 with 19 walks and a 4.50 ERA.
When he arrived, Atchison said he felt "fresh and ready to go." He threw 20 pitches in two-thirds of an inning with the PawSox on Tuesday.
Wakefield to make spot start Friday vs. Twins
BOSTON -- With the Red Sox's rotation in flux following Daisuke Matsuzaka's relief appearance Wednesday night, Tim Wakefield is scheduled to start Friday's series opener vs. the Twins, and he'll be followed by Clay Buchholz on regular rest on Friday and Matsuzaka on Sunday.
"Wake is going to start tomorrow, and we'll follow it up with Buch and Dice-K," manager Terry Francona said after an 11-0 loss the Angels on Thursday afternoon. "We just want to try and put a day in between for Dice for obvious reasons, because he pitched last night or this morning -- whatever it was. We're just trying to make it work."
Alfredo Aceves was supposed to start Triple-A Pawtucket's game Thursday night, but he was scratched from the outing. According to a Major League source, Aceves will take the roster spot of Scott Atchison, who was informed Thursday he was being sent down to the PawSox after getting promoted earlier in the day.
The Red Sox did not make any official roster moves following Thursday's loss.
Since Wakefield tossed 12 pitches in a one-inning relief effort and went 5 2/3 frames vs. the Mariners on Sunday, Aceves could be the first option out of the bullpen if the 44-year-old knuckleballer struggles.
Jon Lester was slated to start Sunday, but his start will likely be pushed back to Monday.
The chances that Matsuzaka would make his scheduled start Friday were slim entering Thursday. Matsuzaka, who left his April 29 start in the fifth inning because of right elbow tightness, was the last pitcher the Red Sox used in a 13-inning, eight-pitcher effort that resulted in a 5-3 loss to the Angels early Thursday morning at Fenway Park.
The right-hander came out of Thursday's outing fine health-wise, according to Francona, helped by the fact that it was Matsuzaka's normal day to throw. Matsuzaka allowed the Angels two runs on three hits and one walk in one inning, throwing 20 pitches.
Atchison was as good as gone Thursday afternoon, clearing out his locker as quickly as he had unpacked his bags Thursday morning, when he was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Like Matsuzaka, Aceves' most recent start was also a week ago Friday. He allowed three runs in five innings. In 16 innings this season between the Majors and Triple-A -- eight at each level -- Aceves has allowed seven runs on 11 hits, six walks and struck out 11.
Francona declined to discuss Aceves specifically on Thursday morning.
"We certainly have the options to do some things, and still do," Francona said.
Struggling at plate, Pedroia gets first day off
BOSTON -- After Dustin Pedroia struck out for a career-high fourth time in the 12th inning during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Angels, manager Terry Francona gave him the news: He'd be getting Thursday off.
"We only want to give Pedey days off when he needs it, because he's such a good player even when he's not swinging the bat like he can," Francona said. "He needs it. It'll be good for him."
Pedroia was 0-for-6 in the game and has six hits in his last 50 at-bats since April 21. His batting average fell from .333 to .241.
Marco Scutaro replaced Pedroia in the lineup Thursday, batting ninth and playing second base for the first time this season. Kevin Youkilis was moved to third in the order, with Adrian Gonzalez taking over the cleanup spot.
J.D. Drew was feeling better, playing right field and batting seventh after being unavailable Wednesday due a bout of vertigo, something he's battled before.
Francona reflects on 13-inning game vs. Halos
BOSTON -- Like the clubhouse attendants, Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not go home early Thursday morning after Wednesday night's game ended. With an afternoon start following, there was no point.
A two-hour, 35-minute rain delay meant a 13-inning, 5-3 loss for the Red Sox ended at 2:45 a.m. Thursday -- the latest a Sox game has ended.
When the Red Sox made the decision to play in the damp conditions, the drawn-out contest wasn't what Francona envisioned.
"It changes so much as you know," Francona, on very little sleep, said Thursday morning of the weather report from the day before. "I think early on, I thought that there was a chance that we would start the game a half-hour late, that once we got past that we'd be OK. As we got into the game, it kept changing. Once we got into the delay, it was, '[In] 10 minutes, we'll be OK; 10 minutes, we'll be OK.' That was about five, six times. What are you going to do?
"They can just tell you what they think. They're trying to help. When it rains, it rains. Just play when they tell you to."
According to the Angels, Thursday night's game ended later than any Halos game has in at least 30 years. The latest any previous Red Sox game had ended is 2:32 a.m., when Boston lost 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader at Tiger Stadium on Aug. 5, 1988.
The 14 combined pitchers in the game marked just the ninth time that many pitchers appeared in a single game at Fenway Park since 1919. The Red Sox and Yankees combined to use 14 pitchers in the first game of a doubleheader at the end of the regular season last year, on Oct. 2.
The total game time was five hours, the longest Sox game since a 2-0 loss to the Yankees in 15 innings on Aug. 7, 2009. That one ran five hours, 33 minutes.
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.