Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Anyone Remember this Guy?

You should... he's still a Red Sox, and he's getting a $9.5 million paycheck this year.

Matt Clement is slowly making his way back to baseball.

It seems pretty Slowly to us, but really Clements' road to recovery is progressing a bit ahead of schedule.

3 surgeries in 1 in September '06 to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and also a rotator cuff injury will keep a guy on the DL for awhile. About a year, to be exact.

He's been on the DL since June of '06.

Good news is that he threw simulated game pitches to Brandon Moss and Kevin Cash, and felt great. He'll have another bullpen session this week, and another simulated game next week. But don't think that the Sox will rush to get him back into a game anytime soon. He more likely will pitch instructional league games, if he continues to progess as he has so far.

Its reported that a lot of the Red Sox pitchers came out to offer their support for Matt. Tito and Theo were also on hand.

Clement will be a free agent in '08, so I'm sure if it was up to him, he'd be pushing to start before playoffs. You wonder, though, if the Sox will be willing to keep and take a chance with a guy like this. I remember times where he seemed like a pretty decent pitcher, (don't forget he was an AL Allstar in '05) but his brillance was usually only seen in the first half of a season. Once he got hit in the head by Carl Crawford's line drive in July of '05, he just didn't seem like the same pitcher.

Matt Clement is just one more ingredient in the Red Sox's soup. The question is whether or not Theo's recipe calls for him or not.

What do you think?

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