June 23, 1968

Luck was never Fred Wenz’s friend, at least not in his professional baseball career.

It took Wenz nine years to get from the minors to the big leagues. Then injuries haunted him.

Down with a sore arm, a few weeks after throwing an inning in his Red Sox debut, Wenz’s woes were complicated by a Detroit doctor’s poor aim. While giving Wenz a cortisone injection he inadvertently touched a vein in Wenz’s shoulder.

On this day, manager Dick Williams told Wenz he was being sent to Triple A Louisville. Wenz’s reaction: If he couldn’t throw in Boston, how am I going to throw in Louisville.

Wenz asked to see a doctor in Boston. Pitching coach Darrell Johnson told him they have doctors in Louisville, too.

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