For those of you who didn't love the Theo Epstein trade, today's news will not sway you, as it seems that Chris Carpenter is in line for some elbow surgery to remove bone spurs.
Now of course bone spur removal isn't the most worrying of surgeries, and Carpenter was hardly going to be an important part of the team to begin with, but it's slightly comical at this point that the compensation--already disappointing to a great many of us--came with an additional flaw packaged in.
While Ian Browne's tweet that the Sox are mum on possible further compensation talks based on this setback seems to suggest that could be a possibility, it's really hard to imagine. Trades unfortunately do not come with a money back guarantee built in--if Carpenter's bone spurs were clearly going to be an issue, it's either one the Sox accepted before signing on the dotted line, or something they are at fault for missing. Likely it's the former.
Vicente Padilla seems to be committed to his role in the bullpen for now. Per Rob Bradford, Padilla, speaking through a translator, said that he would prefer to stay with the Red Sox than go to another team, even if it means working out of the pen.
For the first few weeks of spring, Padilla was working towards one of the available starting roles, but after an injury setback, he's made just one appearance, pitching a single, clean inning on the 24th.
Padilla spent the first two years of his career as a reliever, throwing 99 innings with a 3.90 ERA, 80 strikeouts, and 40 walks. It's been a long time since then, however, and Padilla only returned to that role for eight innings last year before being felled by injury.
Bobby Valentine has said that we shouldn't expect Padilla in a long relief role ala Alfredo Aceves, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him get right back into the starting conversation should one of the original five starters fall out of the rotation due to injury or poor performance.
So, who was just itching to hear from Curt Schilling again? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Since departing the Red Sox after 2007 (or 2008, if you're going to count that), Schilling has been something of a thorn in the team's side, stirring up media trouble with some regularity. Now we're off to a good start in 2012 with Schilling taking to the airwaves to talk about how terribly everything is going for Bobby Valentine.
"I thought that the manager that managed the Mets that I was not a big fan of was now going to be a different manager, and I don't think there's anything different at all," Schilling said. "And I don't think that that is going to be conducive to doing well here. There's a lot of things I think that are happening not just from his perspective, but when you talk to these guys -- and I'm still talking to some of these guys -- I don't think this is going well. And I think it's going bad quicker than I expected it to."
"The point I made the other night was that he's doing a lot of things right now that are forcing his players to extend their media involvement to answer questions about him and the situation when it's already a challenge enough to do it, to play in this market and to win," he said.
It's certainly not Schilling's fault if things aren't going well--and it's entirely possible that they're not perfect. But so far, through one month of spring training, we haven't really heard any gripes from within the organization until now. Now that Curt's stirred the pot, however, expect this to take front-and-center focus for the last week of spring training.
Of course, this sort of thing also goes away with winning. Hopefully Bobby Valentine can get them off to a good start in April and push the extraneous stuff to the side.