Bedard was brought in at the deadline to bolster the club's starting pitching depth, something that became even more important when Clay Buchholz was (conveniently) placed on the 60-day disabled list shortly thereafter.
Of course, the Sox are hoping that Bedard can reinvent himself back in the AL East, a place where Bedard started his career with the Orioles. That's not the only thing working in his favor, either. Bedard will surely be lined up to grab his share of wins as he makes the transition from baseball's worst offense to baseball's best offense.
The Sox will no doubt be keeping a close eye on Bedard's health, especially in the early parts of his Boston tenure. Bedard just recently returned from the disabled list where he was nursing a knee injury. It wasn't something Bedard had to worry about in his first start back — he couldn't get out of the second inning in his final start in Seattle — but he will be on a pitch count on Thursday night at Fenway.
One thing is certain, though. If Bedard can provide the Sox with wins — or at least opportunities to do so — he'll be that much closer to pitching in his first postseason.
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