With his ERA up to 8.01 after he gave up nine runs in a third straight loss Wednesday, John Lackey was placed on the disabled list Monday due to what the Red Sox are calling a strained right elbow.
Reliever Scott Atchison was called up to take his place.
The Red Sox didn’t immediately announce who would start in Lackey’s place Tuesday against the Orioles, but it figures to be knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. He hasn’t pitched since working in relief during Lackey’s last start, so he’s all ready to go.
As noted last week, Lackey is dealing with some major off-field issues at the moment. The Red Sox might just be placing him on the DL so that he can get out of the spotlight and go down to the minors to work on the mechnical adjustment he made in a bullpen session over the weekend.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.