Welcome back, Tim Wakefield!!!

For Immediate Release 

August 26, 2009

  

RED SOX ACTIVATE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER TIM WAKEFIELD FROM THE 15-DAY DISABLED LIST; DESIGNATE RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER ENRIQUE GONZALEZ FOR ASSIGNMENT

 

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today activated right-handed pitcher Tim Wakefield from the 15-day disabled list.  Wakefield is scheduled to start tonight’s game against the White Sox at Fenway Park.  The club also designated right-handed pitcher Enrique Gonzalez for assignment. 

 

The announcements were made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

 

Wakefield, 43, has been on the disabled list since July 21 (retroactive to July 18) with a lower back strain.  He made two rehabilitation starts with Triple-A Pawtucket, going 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA (3 ER/9.1 IP) with seven strikeouts compared to two walks.  In 17 starts for the Red Sox this season, he is 11-3 with a 4.31 ERA (52 ER/108.2 IP) and leads the American League with a .786 winning percentage.  The knuckleballer earned his first career All-Star selection in 2009, the oldest player to do so since Satchel Paige (46 years old) in 1952.

 

A veteran of 17 Major League seasons, Wakefield has a career 189-160 record with 22 saves and a 4.32 ERA (1,397 ER/2,910.2 IP).  He holds the franchise record with 384 starts with Boston.

 

Gonzalez, 27, has posted a 4.91 ERA (2 ER/3.2 IP) in two relief appearances over his two stints with the Red Sox this season.  In 23 games (21 starts) with Triple-A Pawtucket in 2009, he is 7-11 with a 5.23 ERA (74 ER/127.1 IP) and 94 strikeouts.  Signed by Boston as a minor league free agent on December 10, 2008, Gonzalez is 4-7 with a 5.93 ERA (76 ER/115.1 IP) in 29 career Major League appearances (18 starts) over parts of four seasons with the Diamondbacks (2006-07), Padres (2008) and Red Sox (2009). 

 

— RED SOX —

2 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Welcome back Tim! Good luck to you and V-Mart working together tonight!!

    And could you please re-sign Jason Bay!!!

  2. brazilbosoxfan1

    It’s great to have Wake back. What’s happening with Wagner? No word on when they will activate him and who they will release (I assume Penny).

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