Two pieces of news broke today regarding the Red Sox.
1 – Terry Francona will indeed attend Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary celebration on Friday. Francona told ESPN on Wednesday that he believes he owes it to the fans to show up. I think this is the right move for Francona. I’m not saying that he should be coaching the team this year nor should he be seen shaking hands with Red Sox ownership on Friday afternoon, but the fans deserve a chance to acknowledge him after not having a chance after last season.
2 – Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon will be optioned down to Triple-A Pawtucket after one of the worst relief appearances in Major League Baseball history. Melancon was shelled for four hits and six runs while not recording an out in the inning. In just 2.0 Innings this season, Melancon has allowed 10 Hits, 5 of those being Home Runs, 11 Earned Runs, and has a comical ERA of 49.50. Melancon only gave up 5 Home Runs in 74.1 Innings last season and had a 2.78 ERA while saving 20 of a potential 25 games. Not sure if it’s just a better league with better hitters, or if he just lost his stuff, but whatever the problem he can not work it out at the Major League level.
Peter Abraham reports that the Red Sox have recalled RHP Junichi Tazawa to replace Melancon on the roster.