If the Red Sox are going to the promised land again in '09 they may have to do it without Tim Wakefield. He will miss his next start and possibly more according to Terry Francona:
"We have him penciled in down in Baltimore but having said that we’re going to talk to Tom (Dr. Tom Gill) and figure out whether he can pitch every 10 days or whether that’s doing him a disservice. We’re kind of stuck in the middle, and he is, too. There’s a lot of gray area here and we really don’t know.”
If Dice-K makes another rehab start then the rotation would be Lester, Beckett, Buchholz, Byrd, and Tazawa or possibly Bowden. With an off day this week they can skip the 5th spot and go back to Lester but after that it means Dice-K and Byrd will need to be in the rotation; not something that sits well with this corner of Red Sox Nation.