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Postby MashinSpuds » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:22 pm

Alright, most everyone agrees that Wade Miller is a great guy to have stashed in your DL slot. I just read recently, however, that after a few more rehab starts he'll be back in early May. This probably complicates a few people's rosters, for if you take a step back and look, Miller doesn't have a guaranteed spot yet!

It'd be one thing if Wells was already complaining about his back, or if Arroyo or Wakefield stunk it up early, but none of that has happened. So my question is, what is the likelihood Miller gets a starting slot any time soon? Think Francona might spot start Miller here and there, but w/o regularity? I'm thinking strictly bullpen... perhaps for a long while.

In all honesty, I kinda wish Miller waited to come back in June. Then maybe the decision would be easier...
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Postby slomo007 » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:23 pm

I personally think Wakefield will be moved to the bullpen..but perhaps some Boston homers can enlighten us about the latest. :-?
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Postby agchris02 » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:48 pm

NOT a boston fan at all, but at the begining of the season it was Arroyo who was considered to be in his spot, and is the canidate who will have to prove something to not go to the pen. That said, if Wakefield is doing poorly at the time, it could be him as wel (USA Today) --

So, if Miller came back today, Arroyo would go down

In a month more, if Arroyo is rockin and Wakefield struggling, it will be Wakefield.

If youre asking for a bet, Id say Arroyo goes down, I think it makes more sense to have him in MR than wakefield.
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Postby Shakes » Thu Apr 14, 2005 2:57 pm

rumor on the mills is arroyo takes the pen and miller gets the starts. If i was a betting man i would bet this too. However arroyo is my favorite pitcher and it would be way way smarter to have wake in the pen cause if a start goes south for someone wake can eat innings better then anyone else the bosox got right now (halama makes me :~( :-o )

So i think in terry does the smart thing wake in pen. However i banking arroyo in the pen since its wake's last year.
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All indications early on is that miller is there to start and not throw from the pen. Which is why he is stashed on the DL for me ;-D
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Postby Melo255 » Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:20 pm

Don't worry Miller has a guaranteed spot. I think everybody realizes that Miller should and will be the real #2 guy in the rotation when he comes back. While I would personally prefer Arroyo to stay as the #5 guy and see Wake go to the pen I HIGHLY doubt that's the way it will go. I very much believe that Arroyo will go to the pen and be very valuable with long relief. Starting next year though I believe Arroyo will have a set spot in the rotation. I think Wakefield will stay in Boston but I think they will offer him a spot in the bullpen not a starting spot.
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Postby RAmst23 » Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:22 pm

If you still have Miller on your DL, just let him sit there until closer to his MLB time and then worry about it. I'm guessing he has a spot reserved for him on Boston's roster ;-D
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Postby TheYanks04 » Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:44 pm

I have it from good sources that for his immediate future, Miller is going to get a good night's sleep tonight.
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Postby BritSox » Thu Apr 14, 2005 7:46 pm

I think Arroyo is the better pitcher, but with Wake being caught by Belli, it doesn't make sense to have him in the pen.
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