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Matt Albers Could Return As Early As Thursday

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 01:  Matt Albers #32 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 01: Matt Albers #32 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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After spending a stint on the 15-Day Disabled List, Red Sox pitcher Matt Albers could return to the team as early as Thursday according to MLB.com's Ian Browne.  Albers suffered a strained lateral muscle against the Indians back on April 8 and was replaced on the roster by Alfredo Aceves.

Albers rehabbed in AAA Pawtucket on Sunday and pitched pain free throughout his outing.  Albers hopes to return to the team when they travel for a four-game set with the Angels.  So far this season, Albers has pitched two scoreless innings this season and has yet to give up a hit.

Let the speculation begin on who Albers will replace on the roster.  All indications point that Aceves will be the guy to go, but one can give a strong argument that he's done a better job then Tim Wakefield has this season.

While it's unlikely that Wake is the one to go, you have to wonder when his spot on the roster will be in jeopardy.