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Wakefield available for relief duty

SEATTLE -- Before the Red Sox decided to option reliever Michael Bowden to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Terry Francona met with Tim Wakefield to make sure he was readily available out of the bullpen.

Now that both Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett have returned to the rotation after stints on the disabled list, Wakefield was moved back to the bullpen on Thursday. The veteran knuckleballer tossed a bullpen session on Thursday and told Francona he will be available for duty, beginning Friday night if needed.

“If [Wakefield] wasn’t available, which we would understand, we would have had to do something else that we didn’t want to do. He’s OK to pitch out of the bullpen, which certainly helps.”