Notes: Arroyo aware of deadline

Notes: Arroyo aware of deadline

CHICAGO -- Flash back to almost a year ago, when Derek Lowe was so affected by trade rumors that he waited until roughly a half hour after the deadline expired to put on his uniform the night of his July 31, 2004, start against the Twins at the Metrodome.

Don't expect a similar scene to unfold with Red Sox right-hander Bronson Arroyo, who has two starts scheduled (Sunday at Chicago and Saturday at home vs. the Twins) before the trade deadline, which occurs a week from Sunday.

"I'm not really worried about getting traded to tell you the truth," said Arroyo. "I haven't even thought about it too much. I think the situation that I'm in and the situation that we're in right now, I don't think I'm going anywhere. Maybe I'm wrong."

Arroyo does understand that it's pure logic for his name to pop up when there is a proposed deal involving the Red Sox.

"I know a lot of the guys on this team, especially the starting pitchers, are in a situation that they really can't be moved," Arroyo said. "I'm probably really the only guy who's movable in the rotation, other than Wade [Miller], if people trust that his shoulder is healthy. I know my name is going to come up here and there."

Why doesn't Arroyo think that the Red Sox will trade him?

"I don't feel like there's anybody out there they're going to go get that's going to make our rotation that much better than it is right now," said Arroyo. "I don't see why you would trade one of your five guys that's been healthy for you the whole time I've been here."

It has been speculated around the rumor mill that, if the Red Sox close a deal for Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett, Arroyo would be one of the players included in the package. If that trade or any other deal involving Arroyo comes to fruition, don't expect him to chalk it up as business and move on.

Arroyo is frank about the fact that he'd be crushed if he had to leave the organization he's found a home with since 2003.

"I love playing in Boston," said Arroyo. "I've said it plenty of times. I'll sign a lifetime deal here any time they want. I like playing in this uniform, I don't want to play anywhere else. I've played in Pittsburgh where it was a complete contrast. I don't think there's any other place in baseball that brings the kind of excitement that the Red Sox do.

"It seems like every time you put this uniform on every day, it means something. It's fun to pitch in a place where people are going to boo you if you pitch badly and cheer you if you pitch good."

Schilling's optimism: If Curt Schilling's last few outings in the bullpen have shown him anything, it is that he is fully capable of rejoining the Red Sox rotation whenever the team needs him to.

"I think I can go back and start right now," Schilling told The Boston Globe before Friday's game. "If I had a couple starts where I throw only 100 pitches, I think I can do that. I think I'm much closer to being able to do that than I was seven days ago. I want to go back in the rotation as soon as I possibly can. Me going back in the rotation is not solely dependent on me. If I go back next week, I'll be ready."

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Schilling will remain as the closer for now. Because of the uncertainty of what the Red Sox will do before the trade deadline and how soon closer Keith Foulke will return from surgery, there's no sense in shifting Schilling's role right now.

"You can't just go week to week, changing roles. That's difficult on your team," said Francona. "The other thing is, I don't know what's going to happen this week. I don't know that anybody does. Rather than start upsetting the whole apple cart, let's at least get through the week and then see where we stand."

But Francona did see it as an encouraging sign that Schilling is already eyeing his return to the rotation.

"I think it means he feels good pitching, which is great," Francona said. "I understand the wanting of us and him to start. I don't think tonight we just, because he feels ready, we can go do that. That doesn't make sense. But I'm glad he's starting to feel like that. That's part of the reason the other night we gave him two innings. We don't want him to be a one inning pitcher for us for the next couple of years. That's not the idea."

Kapler starts with bang: Outfielder Gabe Kapler, eligible to be activated by the Red Sox on July 30, started his rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket in strong fashion on Saturday night. Kapler, who received a standing ovation as he strode to the plate in the bottom of the first, singled in his first-bat bat and belted a three-run homer in his second at-bat. He led off and played center field against Ottawa.

Kapler DH'd for two games at Class A (short season) Lowell and took a day off before making his impressive debut for the PawSox, the team he will play for at least through July 29.

Lefties galore: Left-handed hitters entered the night hitting .311 against White Sox starter Orlando Hernandez this season, a fact that did not get lost on Francona. The Boston manager stacked the deck with seven left-handed hitters (including switch-hitters) against El Duque.

The only right-handed hitters in the lineup were Edgar Renteria and Manny Ramirez, who homered in his first at-bat.

John Olerud played first base in place of Kevin Millar, who was on the bench on the one-year anniversary of the night he belted three homers in a game against the Yankees. Left-handed-hitting second baseman Alex Cora got the start at second base with Tony Graffanino getting the night off.

On deck: Arroyo (8-5, 4.05 ERA) closes out this four-game set on Sunday afternoon against Jose Contreras (5-6, 4.34 ERA), a right-hander the Red Sox have feasted on over the years.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.