BOSTON, MA - MAY 01: Bobby Jenks #52 of the Boston Red Sox walks off the field after walking in two runs in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners on May 1, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
So much for the big bullpen acquisitions this offseason. After last night's eight-hour affair ate through the Red Sox' bullpen, the team has decided to make some moves according to Alex Speier, sending Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler to the disabled list, replacing them with Scott Atchison and Rich Hill.
The immediate effect of these moves is that the Red Sox will actually have some reasonably fresh arms to use tonight. Bobby Jenks was the only reliever on the team not used during yesterday's game, and then only because of a sudden onset of cramps on the night, lending some legitimacy to his placement on the disabled list. Meanwhile, the Pawtucket Red Sox had the day off yesterday, and both Atchison and Hill should be ready to go today.
These moves serve some long-term purpose for the Red Sox, too. Through the first 30 games of the season, both Wheeler and Jenks seem to just be more proof that you don't build a bullpen through free agency. While it's maybe a bit of a longshot, by pressing the reset button on their seasons with a DL stint, the Red Sox might be hoping they'll actually get some decent pitchers back when they eventually return.
In the meantime, the Sox will have to make do with two guys who have absolutely dominated Triple-A of late. Hill and Atchison have thrown 16 and 17 innings respectively, each allowing just two earned runs in that time. And while Hill's 18:5 K:BB ration is impressive, it doesn't compare to Atchison's at 17:1. Depending on how this stint in the majors goes for each, it might be hard to dislodge them come two weeks from now.