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    MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The Boston Red Sox designated reliever Julian Tavarez for assignment Monday, clearing room for the return of first baseman Sean Casey.

    Tavarez, 35 later this month, was 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in nine games. The right-hander allowed 18 hits and nine walks in 12 2-3 innings.

    The Red Sox have 10 days to trade, release or send Tavarez to the minors. He made his major league debut in 1993, has played for eight teams and first joined the Red Sox in 2006.

    Casey was activated from the 15-day disabled list after recovering from a strained right hip. He hurt himself running the bases April 25 and went on a two-game rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Casey is batting .346 with six doubles and eight RBIs in 52 at-bats, plus a .424 on-base percentage.

    There's been rumors that Tavarez would be moved to Colorado recently. This is the first step. Tavarez should be traded within the next 10 days. I don't expect we'll receive much from Colorado.

    It's been fun watching Tavarez on the mound, even though he hasn't been too effective recently. I liked him as a player since he was entertaining player. The team has to move on. At the moment, the team without a long relief pitcher. With Colon coming along in minor league system, I do see Colon or Lester, Buchholz or Wakefield taking over the role in the bullpen.

  • #2
    Tavarez contributed quite a bit during his time with the Red Sox. He won some key victories in 2007, and without them, we wouldn't have had the home field advantage against the Indians in the ALCS.

    While I appreciate his contributions and wish him well, at this point I agree that it's best for him to move on.


    • #3
      We should also thank Julian for giving up the big HR to Mark Bellhorn in '04.

      Tavarez did help a lot as a spot starter when the team needed him, but I think that he's got to reinvent himself somehow as a pitcher or he won't be around much longer. He did more for us than I thought he would, and also wish him good luck.
      "I throw him four wide ones, then try to pick him off first base." - Preacher Roe on pitching to Musial


      • #4
        Tavarez has had a respectable career, but when you're done you're done.
        Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball


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