It was quite a day for the Red Sox, what with winning their first game since last week — including two home runs. The news was a mix of good and bad and terrifying. Here’s a rough chronological rundown:
- The Boston Herald reported that Jon Lester is undergoing tests for cancer.
- The Red Sox scratched David Wells from his start, called up Lenny DiNardo and announced Julian Tavarez as their starter.
- David Ortiz told a Dominican radio station that he would rejoin the Sox’ lineup Saturday, setting off shouts of joy across Red Sox Nation.
- About the start of the game, the Sox traded Wells to San Diego for the ever-important PTBNL — likely minor-league catcher George Kottaras, hitting .271 with 10 HR and an .800 OPS over two levels this season.
- After the game, the Sox traded for 37-year-old Diamondbacks minor-leaguer Kevin Jarvis, who made his major-league debut in 1994, has bounced around the majors and minors in nine organizations (with two of those acquiring him twice), and compiled a 5.97 ERA in 753 innings — nearly exclusively in the National League. No word on who the Sox gave up for him.
- Then the Sox said Ortiz’s declaration was "very premature," and that he had not consulted with his doctors in making such a prediction.
Whew! Kuds to the Sox FO for facing reality about the current season and trading Wells for something the organization was solely needing, particularly after the panic-move tradeaway of Bard — a catching prospect, and one who looks like he’s got a pretty good stick, to boot. I think this essentially makes 2006 Mirabelli’s farewell tour in Boston.
Any other comments or thoughts about all the day’s action are welcome.