Some may believe that with Dice-k (ulner ligament which could be a precursor to Tommy John Surgery though unlikely ) and Lackey (mental health) on the 15-day DL the red sox rotation will be better by default. However, I am not one of these people. Dice-k is rumored to be out a month according to Gordon Edes of ESPN and Tony Mazz of the Globe,and Lackey is having family issues with his wife being diagnosed with breast cancer in the winter. This could not be a happening at a worse time as this team has turned the atrocious start to the season around. A healthy Dice-k and Lackey are better alternatives then fidgety Aceves and the aging Wakefield. Also, our pitching depth in AAA is suspect at best and have not stepped up like we have hoped. What happens if Wake remembers that he is 90 years old and can only pitch 3 or 4 innings a start? Are we ready to have Bowden/Atchinson in the game ever 5th day?
So who are our alternatives?
Felix Doubront: He would have been our best option but he has a groin injury and battled injuries all season
Brandon Duckworth: uh I will be very nervous if he ever touches the mound though he is pitching well in Pawtucket 4-2 a 2.37 ERA in 7 starts for Pawtucket
Andrew Miller: He was suppose to fit this role but he has struggled mightily with his command 24 BB in 34.2 innings this season in Pawtucket
Stolmy Pimentel (Portland), Tazawa (60 day DL though rehab soon), Drake Britton have either struggled or are not nearly ready to be pushing for a spot start.
Alternatives outside the organization?
Kevin Millwood: He is a FA and was signed by the yankees but opted out after not being put on the active roster. He was 2-1 in the minors this season and did not pitch exceptionally well
What teams would be willing to give a pitcher at this point in the season?
The Mets or Dodgers come to mind but do we want any Mets schmucks? or Jon Garland for the Dodgers? Not many options with many teams still in the hunt. This is the moment for the 2011 season where the offense needs to carry us 2 nights a week as the pressure builds on the other 3 starters in the rotation.
What other AAAA players are out there that we could try? Do not say Anthony Ranaudo no way the sox rush the kid up. Who remembers Craig Hansen?