Boston Adds Veteran Presence For Stretch-Run
For most people, it’s the early bird who gets the worm, but for Paul Byrd, good things come to those who wait.
The Boston Red Sox announced the signing of veteran righthander Paul Byrd, who was acquired by the Sox in 2008 from the Cleveland Indians, and went 4-2 with a 4.78 ERA in 49 innings for Boston last year. This time around, the Sox snagged Byrd who hasn’t pitched at all this season and will most likely be called up to the major leagues when rosters expand on September 1st.
The acquisition of Byrd gives the Sox some more flexibility when it comes to the starting rotation and bullpen. With John Smoltz and Brad Penny sputtering as of late, the Sox could use another veteran arm to get the job done. However, issues still arise about how much the 38-year-old Byrd still has left in the tank.
Nevertheless, Byrd will ease the mind of Theo Epstein and company if one of the Red Sox starters goes down with injury (or ineffectiveness). On a side note, Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session next Tuesday in hopes of joining the big club sometime before the end of the season.