Dice-K and Carpenter on the Mend

Apr 15, 2009

Chris Carpenter
just can’t catch a break.  After throwing seven scoreless Innings in his season debut on April 9th against Pittsburgh, Carpenter was forced out after three Innings on Tuesday with a strained rib cage.  Carpenter surrendered four hits, but has still yet to allow an Earned Run this year.  Carpenter has dealt with elbow and shoulder injuries that have allowed him to make just six starts since the beginning of the 2007 season.  Mitchell Boggs was called up and will likely take the former Cy Young Award winner’s spot in the rotation.

Daisuke Matsuzaka
also landed on the DL due to a shoulder strain.  After sporting a 18-3, 2.90 ERA, Dice-K has struggled by allowing 9 Earned Runs in 6-1/3 Innings (12.79 ERA).  He allowed just 54 Earned Runs in 167-2/3 Innings last year.  He just can’t get anyone out as evidenced by his robust 3.00 WHIP.  Some may point to his participation in the World Baseball Classic as a reason for the shoulder strain.  Dice-K was named MVP of the WBC after winning three games.  Hunter Jones got the call to replace him on the roster.  Clay Buchholz will likely replace Matsuzaka in the rotation.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Tough break for Carpenter,
    Red Sox Fans have to have alot of concerns with the way the year has started, Even though Tim Wakefield has a No Hittert going on right now thru 7. (Jinx–Jinx)
    Dice K not right, and the hitting having some bigtime problems,
    With the Yankees being very up and down and may be without Nady for the season and not knowing if last year may have been a fluke year for the Rays, Maybe the Orioles might be a team to watch in the AL East.

  2. LestersLegends
    April 15th, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Rays are no fluke. At least I don’t think so.

  3. Larry Novak
    April 15th, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    I was at the Home Opener on Monday and watched the next 2 and even though the Yankees won those 2 The rays do look like a solid team,
    And I really would have liked to see Wakefield toss a No-No, I have watched him since High School and have met him a few times at a local sports bar when he comes back to this area.

  4. LestersLegends
    April 15th, 2009 at 9:09 pm #

    nice. wake seems to be a great guy.

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