To make room for Marco Scutaro's return from the DL, the Sox are sending Scott Atchison back down to Pawtucket. And Atchison is not too happy about it.
"Obviously it's frustrating. It's always frustrating. I feel like I belong here and this is where I feel like I should be pitching. In turn, I know it's part of it," Atchison told WEEI.com. "I have the option. We talked about it before, it is what it is. I like being here. I like being part of this team when I come up and playing with these guys, so there's no real reason to raise any beef with it.
"I feel like I threw the ball well while I was up here this time, which is good. I just wanted to show them I'm still the same guy. I felt like I did that. I'll go down there and stay sharp and the next time they need me I'll be ready to go."
I actually feel kinda bad for the guy. He was pitching his ass off in Pawtucket (12 games, 1.25 ERA with 23 K's and just one walk). And while he certainly wasn't phenomenal after getting called up (he's given up at least one run in 4 of his 7 appearances), he surely wasn't a disaster. With the way our bullpen has been revolving it probably won't be Atchison's last stint with the club this season, so let's not get too emotional about it.
Also curious that Drew Sutton gets to hang on with the club with Scutaro's return. Not sure how many middle infielders a team can carry, but we're about to find out.