Archive - May 9, 2012 - Sports Article
PAWTUCKET â€“ For Justin Thomas, the near month he spent as member of Bostonâ€™s bullpen was merely a case of guilt by association.
Even though the 28-year-old lefthander was relegated to afterthought status â€“ while with the Red Sox, Thomas allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings prior to getting farmed out to Pawtucket on April 27 â€“ he was still part of a unit that became known as the land of diminished returns. No matter which reliever BoSox manager Bobby Valentine summoned, disaster seemed to follow.
PAWTUCKET â€“ Through all the early-season struggles he endured, Alex Hassan never once thought about reinventing the wheel, i.e. tweaking his batting stance or adjusting his hands on the bat, the kind of wholesale changes that no doubt creep into a playerâ€™s mind whenever things arenâ€™t going well.