Red Sox manager John Farrell said prior to Monday’s Game 5 that jake Peavy, who just started Saturday’s Game 3, would be available in relief tonight, and that Clay Buchholz, who started Game 4, could work out of the pen once the series returns to Fenway Park on Wednesday.
Farrell also declined to commit to starting John Lackey in Game 6 and Peavy in Game 7, though he indicated that things still line up that way.
For what it’s worth, Lackey in Game 6 still seems like a given, assuming that he bounces back fine from his between-starts relief appearance on Sunday. It’s likely that Peavy would go in a Game 7, too, but maybe there’s a chance that Felix Doubront could pitch instead after he looked terrific in his relief appearances in Game 3 and 4. Obviously, a Doubront start would hinge on him not pitching in relief in Game 6.
Peavy pitched four innings and allowed two runs in his disappointing Game 3 start, throwing 64 pitches. Buchholz, who showed diminished velocity last night, threw 66 pitches while allowing an unearned run over four innings in Game 4,
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.