BOSTON -- Cory Wade said his demotion was tough to take, but he also knew he earned it.
"The last few outings, I didn't throw the ball well,'' Wade said. "You feel like you belong here, but at the same time, you can't fault them for the decision.''
The righthander, called up from Triple-A Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Saturday because of the new "26th man rule'' that allows teams to add a player in advance of a doubleheader, was optioned last Monday. Wade, scheduled to return to the minors after the doubleheader, was one of the team's most consistent relievers the first two months of the season but allowed at least one run in five of six outings before being sent down, recording a 13.97 ERA in 12 June appearances.
The last of those was a 58-pitch, 21/3-inning outing in a 14-7 loss to the White Sox June 29 in which he allowed seven hits and six runs. Paradoxically, Wade said he thinks he found something mechanical in that appearance that he believes will get him back to the majors.
"I think I was off just a little bit with my mechanics and things like that,'' he said. "Hopefully I've gotten it straight.''