Zink, who is scheduled to start Tuesday night at Lehigh Valley, is 7-2 for the PawSox with a 2.21 earned run average, far better than his 1-10 season in 2004. He said there had already been talk of promotion three times this year. Two weeks ago, his schedule was altered so he was pitching on the same days Tim Wakefield was . . .Bartolo Colon hurt his back last night, and given all the extra weight he has on his front, that could bug him for a while. With or without him, though, the Red Sox could probably use a starter (who couldn't?), and if they think Zink can get big league hitters out, they should call him up. If they're hesitiating because they don't want to burden Varitek with catching Zink or offend him by benching him for his starts, then the tail is truly wagging the dog in Boston.
. . . But the Red Sox have told Zink’s agent that Jason Varitek is slated to catch four of every five games, with Kevin Cash on staff primarily to catch Wakefield. “It’s frustrating to know that because of what I do, I can only replace one guy up there,” Zink said. “And he’s doing pretty well.”
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Knuckleballers: Limit One (1)
The New York Times has a nice profile on Charlie Zink. Zink is that rarest of beasts, a knukleballer, poised to be called up by the Red Sox any day now. Or not, based on the curious way in which the team is approaching things: