The recently-traded-for reliever Brett Myers should be available for Sunday's game. In turn, the Charlotte Knights are actually getting some help from the Sox in the form of Dylan Axelrod, who was optioned in turn.
Axelrod racked up a 5.63 ERA in his ten appearances with the big club, but delivered memorable quality starts in Boston and New York, and managed to stave off disaster against Texas enough for Kevin Youkilis to hit a walk-off single. Not bad for a guy who got signed out of independent ball.
Axelrod obviously hasn't been that good, because Gavin Floyd's return to the rotation in the midst of his wildly mercurial season is a source of excitement.
After being rumored for the past three days to be on track to return Monday from his brief DL stint for elbow tendinitis, Floyd is indeed starting Monday. One last time before putting this idea to rest forever, Floyd's immediate return makes the Pedro Hernandez seem pointless.
Perhaps more excitement for Gavin could be generated if he issued a short, curt quote revealing a quiet determination. Here goes:
Floyd: "I'm ready to go."
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) July 20, 2012
Morel was working his way back so that he can...
Brent Morel's back is finally healed enough to begin rehab work, even if Kevin Youkilis--warts and all--has completely removed the urgency from his recovery.
Still, he's in High-A Winston-Salem, working dutifully to recover. It's hard to imagine what use he has to the big league club, but it's even harder to imagine what use Orlando Hudson is. Morel will probably have to rake his way up the ladder.
Brian Omogrosso has gone back to Charlotte in the wake of Jesse Crain's arrival, and one more member of the rookie bullpen has to go when Floyd arrives on Monday. Judging from recent performance, it'd be a shame if Donnie Veal was tabbed to depart. He looked impressive striking out the only two batters he faced with a tricky-looking, looping curve on Friday.
But since Veal was still walking over four batters per nine innings in AAA, and was somewhere around the 138th Charlotte Knight reliever called up, chances are he has his share of nights where he can't throw the curve for a strike.
With Crain, Myers, and Floyd all arriving, the bullpen rookie total could be down all the way to four by the start of next week. Leyson Septimo seems like a good bet to get the boot. Four lefties in the pen is not the paragon of efficiency.
Despite scuffling through an awful slump this month and getting on base at a clip well under .300 for July, Alejandro De Aza is one of the few Sox hitters looking like himself this weekend. He's 7 for 20 with a walk, a homer, and two doubles in his last five games.
One last thing
Brett Myers' twitter avatar is a picture of Kenny Powers, the protagonist from the show Eastbound and Down. I spent all of Saturday trying to figure out if this was a good or bad sign.