Look, in no way, shape or form is this good news for Boston. But it's better than Schilling staying in AAA.
They currently have two problems:
1) Schilling cannot repeat his motion 100 times sufficiently enough to get out ML hitters. He needs more time to stregthen his leg and work on his mechanics before starting at the ML level.
2) The Sox bullpen is in shambles, with Foulke and Mantei on the DL, and the likes of Gonzalez, Halama, Dinardo and Cassidy on the team.
Seems like Theo is taking a reasonable approach to fix both problems at once. Schill gets to work on his mechanics at the ML level, get confidence in his ankle, and meanwhile he will most certainly help the bullpen in some capacity.
Plus, this provides trading flexibility. I bet teams like the Pirates and Mariners were foaming at the mouth with Mantei and Foulke down, and with Embrees struggles--they could get a boatload, they thought, for Mesa, Guardado, or Hasegawa. That's not the case. The Sox now have the flexibility to trade for a starter or a reliever.
No, it's not good news. Yes, I want Schill to start (if he can). But with what I know, it's the smart move.
I'm back. Sorta.
Do not boo Johnny.