Carter Gets Caught In The Crossfire

Just what you needed – another reason to hate the Yankees.

 

In the latest chess move in the most heated rivalry in sports, Chris Carter is the unfortunate pawn.

 

As you’ve probably read or heard by now, the Yankees put in a waiver claim on Carter that temporarily prevents him from going to the New York Mets as part of the Billy Wagner trade.  The trade can be completed when the non-waiver deadline expires after the season.

 

In fairness to the Yankees, there is a competitive reason for claiming Carter.  It forces the Red Sox to keep Chris on their 40-man roster until the end of the season, giving Boston one fewer spot to work with.  That probably won’t have much of an impact, but I suppose you never know.

 

Still, the person who suffers most is Carter.  Instead of getting the opportunity to join the Mets while they are ravaged by injuries and get a bunch of major league playing time in September, Chris is stuck in a lame duck situation with Pawtucket.  Should he play for the PawSox and risk injury?  If he’s on the 40-man roster, should Boston consider calling him up in September?

 

Dan Barbarisi of the Providence Journal had an interesting line in his story about the situation today when he wrote the following:

 

“The Sox and Mets are now trying to develop their own strategies to find their way out of the mess, and get Carter to the Mets by Sept. 1.”

 

I have no idea what that could mean.  Is it legal to release Chris with the understanding that he’ll sign with the Mets? 

 

I feel awful for Chris Carter.

 

Leave it to the Evil Empire.

 

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Just before the PawSox busses left for Scranton on Friday morning, Brian Anderson made an interesting announcement in the clubhouse.

 

“Hey, I don’t want to hear any of you pitchers complaining about how hard your job is after watching Nick Green last night,” Anderson said with a huge grin.

 

The Red Sox shortstop was forced to pitch in Thursday’s 9-5 loss to the White Sox and tossed 2 hitless and scoreless innings.  Green threw nothing but fastballs and was consistently clocked in the high 80′s and low 90′s.

 

There’s no denying it was an impressive feat, but as one PawSox pitcher pointed out, “Let’s see him do it against the Yankees.”

 

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Jed Lowrie did not accompany the team to Scranton for the start of the road trip, but we’re told that he could be back in action as soon as Saturday.  Lowrie felt some pain in his surgically-repaired wrist on a check swing on Wednesday and immediately came out of the game.

 

In light of his numerous setbacks this year, Lowrie and the Red Sox are being cautious.  But the latest incident does not appear to be too serious.

 

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Congrats to 24-year-old Adam Mills who picked up his first Triple-A win on Thursday in the PawSox 7-1 victory over Buffalo.

 

Mills allowed 1 ER in 7 IP to pick up the victory.  In his last 3 starts, Adam is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA (20 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 12 K).

 

He’s doing a nice job of staking a claim for a spot in the PawSox rotation to begin next season.

 

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On Friday night, Pawtucket opens a 3-game series at Scranton/WB where the PawSox are 0-5 this season.

 

Billy Traber takes the ball for the PawSox who are looking for their 3rd straight win.  I hope you’ll join us for the radio call, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:50 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.

3 Comments

According to the Biz of Baseball, a PTBNL “may not be an active Major Leaguer player during the interval between the trade and the date the player is named.”
http://www.bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=658&Itemid=75
If this is true it would preclude the Red Sox from calling CC up.
By my count, the Sox only have 38 players on the 40-man, so even adding Daisuke back in there’s already room and CC’s 40-man status isn’t an issue.
I’m not usually a hater, but this is a wretched move by the Yankees, and I hope karma bites back. Wouldn’t mind seeing their current CC suffer some kind of season-ending problem…

Kelly
http://www.sittingstill.net

I think what the Yankees did is terrible! The only one they are hurting is Chris. The move seems very childish.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

In fairness to the Yankees?? Whe in God’s name have they ever played fair?? Did they play fair with Chris Carter??

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