I Hope He Gets The Frequent Flyer Miles

Chris Carter is on his way back to the PawSox.

After flying to Anaheim yesterday just in case the Red Sox decided they needed him due to an injury to Kevin Youkilis, Carter is on his way back to Toledo to rejoin Pawtucket tonight.  He was never added to the Red Sox roster and as a result wasn’t even able to go to the ballpark in Anaheim.

Chris isn’t expected to arrive in Toledo until Thursday’s game is underway so he’s listed on the lineup card as an extra player and could be used as a pinch-hitter.

When he arrives, I look forward to seeing what he looks like with a shaved head — Manager Ron Johnson told him to get rid of his Mohawk before heading west to potentially join the Red Sox.

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Here’s the breakdown of Clay Buchholz’s masterful performance on Wednesday:

48 fastballs

16 curves

7 sliders

22 changeups

His fastball was timed between 88 and 94 (not too shabby considering the 10:30am start.

His 11 strikeouts came on 5 changeups, 3 curves, 2 fastballs, and 1 slider.

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The PawSox have placed Carlos Maldonado on the DL with a hamstring injury and added C John Otness from Portland where he was hitting .185 in 7 games.  Otness has spent all of the last two years with the Sea Dogs and will be making his Triple-A debut.

In other injury news, Jeff Natale will be testing his oblique injury by taking batting practice today.  He hopes to be back in the lineup during the next homestand.

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After pitching in relief following Daisuke Matsuzaka’s first two rehab outings, Charlie Zink will return to the rotation on Saturday at McCoy Stadium.  The PawSox are using the opportunity to give their other starters an extra day of rest, so if you eager to see “a couple of B’s who throw BB’s,” Michael Bowden will start on Sunday and Clay Buchholz will start on Tuesday.

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It’s a beautiful night in Toledo as we get set for Game 3 of the 4-game series.  Kris Johnson will face Ron Chiavacci.  The first pitch is at 6:30 and the pre-game show begins at 6:15 on the PawSox radio network and PawSox.com.






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