It is April 17th and Alan Embree is still with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
Last week, the 40-year-old lefty told me (link here) that he wasn’t likely to extend his April 15th opt-out deadline in hopes of pitching for Boston, but after discussing his options with his agent and spending yesterday with his wife, Embree is back in uniform with the PawSox as they open a 4-game series in Rochester, NY.
I spoke with Alan in the Rochester clubhouse on Saturday afternoon.
What made you change your mind?
“More than anything, I realized that I needed some more touches,” Embree said. “That being said, I came here wanting to be a part of the Red Sox and it’s one of those things where . . . do I go home, or do I stay and get myself ready. If there was proper fit out there (with another team) there wasn’t a chance to win. If I go out, I want to go out guns blazing. I don’t want to go out and just pitch in the big leagues – I want to go out with a good team.”
Are you close to being ready?
“I think that I’m close. It’s just one of those things where the touches will tell and then they’ll evaluate it from there. The more touches I get – the more opportunities will open up for me. I’m looking forward to just getting the ball and doing what I’m told and once that time comes up, if they evaluate it and it’s not there, and the other options are not good options, I’ll just go home. Either that or I’m in Boston so it’s a good thing.”
Is there a new deadline?
“I don’t even know if we should call it a deadline, but yea, the 30th actually. I figured that they wanted to see me more to where they could evaluate it better and I could use it so it worked out.”
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The PawSox open a 4-game series at Rochester on Saturday at 4:05. I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 3:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.