Wake Slated For Surgery

Knuckleballer Wants To Return For 18th Season

Tim Wakefield is 17 wins away from matching the Red Sox all-time mark for wins by a pitcher. He trails both Roger Clemens and Cy Young, who have 192 victories each, so if your wondering if the knuckleballer has any motivation to come back for an 18th season, there’s your answer.

Oh, and another World Series ring too.  

Wakefield had a great start to 2009, being selected to his first All-Star game, before injuries cut short his stellar season as his second half spiraled down hill due to a herniated disc in his back which put the question in Sox fans of whether or not the 43-year-old was done.

Well, the knuckleballer will have surgery to repair the herniated disc in his back on Wednesday and expects to be ready for spring training. Wakefield will make $4 million next year if he comes back healthy and should fit in the fifth slot in the Sox rotation, barring any setbacks or major trades in the off-season.  

So with 175 victories, two World Series rings, and a lifetime full of great (and not so great) baseball memories, Tim Wakefield wants just one more ride around the baseball merry-go-round, in hopes of attaining that elusive third ring and whatever other accolades he has yet to discover.  

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