Kerry Wood had his first rehab start last night and he got hammered, giving up six runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning for AA Arkron. Wood has an $11 million option for 2011 which vests if he finishes 55
games. Based on how things went last night, I’m going to guess that
option won’t be vesting.
Which isn’t a bad thing for Cleveland, of course. They certainly don’t want to pay Wood that kind of scratch. Indeed, in an ideal world it would take Wood three or four more rehab appearances before he shows he can pitch in the majors, and then when he comes back he’s lights out for, like, three weeks, thereby allowing the Tribe to flip him to someone else.
Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.
The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.