Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Pap back in the pen?

From the looks of things below, Papelbon could be back in the pen for 2007. That would be a huge stress relief off my shoulders. Of all things I hate in sports, shaky bullpens are at the top.

February 20, 2007

The closer?

By Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff

Has the closing situation been solved already?

In an interview with the Globe’s Gordon Edes that will air on NESN tomorrow night, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein hinted for the first time that Jonathan Papelbon remains an option to be the team’s closer this season, which would suggest that the medical staff likes how Papelbon's shoulder has reacted this week. And during their meeting with the media, owner John Henry and Tom Werner seemed even more confident that a decision had been reached.

Werner: Well, we don’t have one today, but hopefully we’ll have one soon.
Henry: I thought we had one today.
Werner: Well, you said we did.
Henry: We do have one, I guess we just can’t tell you who that is. It hasn’t been announced? No closer has been announced?...You can’t always believe what you hear.

We’ll post the audio from Henry and Werner’s press conference in a bit.

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