Tim Wakefield Feeling Good After First Start, Says He’s Comfortable Throwing to Both Red Sox Catchers


The Red Sox have a valuable asset in their bullpen this year in seasoned veteran Tim Wakefield. The knuckleballer has plenty of starts under his belt from his lengthy career, and is always ready to hop into the starting role if needed.

That's exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon, when Wakefield was needed to fill in for Clay Buchholz, who was battling the stomach flu. Wake said he's happy to fill in as a starter whenever he's needed for the Red Sox, and threw a solid performance against the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, Felix Hernandez.

Wakefield sat down with NESN analyst Peter Gammons on Monday before the Red Sox-Angels game and said he was feeling good after his 5 2/3 outing on Sunday, and said that he was pleased with his pitch count per inning.

Gammons also asked Wakefield about the Red Sox catching situation, and the knuckleballer says he feels comfortable throwing to both Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Wake threw to Salty in the final game against the Mariners, and he said he trusts the young backstop.

"I have a lot of confidence in Jarrod and I have a lot of confidence in 'Tek," Wakfield said. "Both of them are very, very good and I'm very comfortable throwing with both of them."

To hear more from Wakefield, check out the video above from Red Sox First Pitch.

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