Says Red Sox G.M. Dan Duquette, "It's like he's on a rehab assignment, but he's not injured. We'd like him to rehab his pitching."
Avery went to the minors hoping to iron out his faulty mechanics. Boston hoped he would throw well enough to become tradable. He will make two more starts at Pawtucket, and then Duquette will have to bring Avery back to the Red Sox bullpen or release him and eat his mammoth contract. "I'd be lying if I said this isn't bothering me," Avery says. "But I just turned 28. I'm going to try to figure it all out. I did have some good years. You are not going to see me give up."
Cys Do Matter
Last week Pedro Martinez spent a Red Sox off day flying to Montreal to visit his former Expos teammates, joining 6,616 fans at Olympic Stadium in watching them lose to the Reds 4-1. Martinez made it to his front-row seat beside the Montreal dugout without being noticed, but when he was shown on the centerfield scoreboard, he received the only standing ovation of the night. It was Martinez's first trip back since winning the '97 National League Cy Young Award. "I'm sad that Montreal fans never got to enjoy their first Cy Young," Martinez says.