Jon Lester will be activated from the DL tomorrow, and I'm assuming the corresponding move will be returning Kyle Weiland to Pawtucket. Maybe the Sox will replace one Drew with another Drew (Sutton)? ... WBZ's Dan Roche reports the move will simply be Lester for J.D.
Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Monday afternoon. The Red Sox believe that while Buchholz may feel discomfort in his back for the rest of the season, he's not at risk for further injury. Terry Francona: "[W]hen you watch him throw, he looks great but he still feels it. ... I don't know if 'trepidation' is the right word - but there's some concern on his part, and I don't blame him."
Francona, on Bert Blyleven, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame today:
Saw Bert pitch in 1970. I was 11 years old. I went on a road trip with my dad. He threw like a two-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers. That's when I think my dad knew I was paying attention. After the game, I came into the clubhouse and said, "Dad, you got no chance hitting that curveball." He was looking at me like, OK, you're watching. Then I faced [Blyleven] in the big leagues a little bit.1970 was Blyleven's rookie season (he was 19) and the elder Francona's final year in the majors. They faced each other only once: August 4, 1970, in Minnesota. Tito pinch-hit in the seventh inning and struck out looking. Blyleven struck out 12 in a complete game victory; he allowed seven hits. It was his 13th major league start and his 3rd complete game. (And Terry was 11 that summer.)
Francona the Younger was 1-for-9 against Blyleven, in 1988-89. He got the ball out of the infield only twice; the hit was an infield single.