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Joe Kelly leaves game after 4 batters with right shoulder impingement

04.19.16 at 7:32 pm ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Manager John Farrell talked before the game about needing less innings out of his bullpen, but that won’t be the case Tuesday night.

Starter Joe Kelly was removed from the game after four batters and 23 pitches due to injury. The right-hander allowed two of the four batters to reach via walk and never reached more than 93 MPH on the radar gun.

The trainer and Farrell went to the mound after the fourth batter and after a few warm up pitches he was removed from the game. Kelly appeared to be feeling some discomfort in his shoulders/back.

[UPDATE: 8:30 p.m.: The Red Sox say Kelly left the game with right shoulder impingement.]

Over his first two starts of the season Kelly was 1-0 with a 10.13 ERA.

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Red Sox notes: John Farrell admits he’s ‘pushed’ Koji Uehara early in season

04.19.16 at 5:26 pm ET
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John Farrell said he's leaned on Koji Uehara early in the season. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

John Farrell said he’s leaned on Koji Uehara early in the season. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Through the first 12 games of the season, the Red Sox bullpen has logged 39 1/3 innings, which is 13th-most in the majors and fifth in the American League. It is also worth noting many other teams have played one or two games more than the Red Sox.

One of the Red Sox relievers who has been worked a lot is 41-year-old Koji Uehara. He has appeared in eight of the 12 games, logging 7 1/3 innings. His worst outing was Monday when he allowed four runs in just 1/3 of an inning to take the loss against the Blue Jays. He entered in the inning with the Red Sox leading 1-0.

Manager John Farrell was asked about his usage and if he would like to stay away from him for a few days?

“Ideally like to stay away from him yeah, give him a couple of days down,” Farrell said. “I’ve leaned on him, there’s no doubt about it. I’ve pushed him. Coming out as we just talked about bullpen usage, you get into situations where you have a lead, you have three guys you’re looking to go to in that seventh, eighth and ninth innings and I have pushed him early.”

As for the bullpen’s usage as a whole, Farrell expects that to go down in time with the starters being able to go deeper in games than they have been of late.

“Ideally that corrects itself,” he said. “That means we have to have starters that go through the order three times and hopefully get 21 outs as more of a regularity. That is always a positive. The fact is we’re also in every game. Whether we’ve been down early, we’ve shown tremendous fight to get ourselves back in it and then you get into where you’re leading and on most pitching staffs you have guys you’re going to go to when you’re up. We need, as I’ve mentioned earlier, more innings out of our rotation. I don’t know that you ever come away feeling that they can’t pitch more. That is not to say we have 12 guys we’re going to rely on, but the more innings your starters pitch, then your bullpen probably is coming in with appropriate rest.”

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Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) shows ‘improvement,’ but still ‘staying the course’

04.19.16 at 4:52 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

There was little update Tuesday on Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

On Monday, Sandoval saw Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on his injured shoulder following a MRI late last week. A full exam couldn’t be done because of how sore he was.

Instead, he got a cortisone shot and he will be re-examined in a few weeks.

Manager John Farrell was asked if there was an increase of soreness between the MRI last week and his meeting with Dr. Andrews on Monday.

“You know, that I can’t speak to,” he said. “I know that the day he came in and first reported the discomfort that the felt, our medical staff had a difficult time putting him in different positions to get an idea. So when he visits Dr. Andrews yesterday, the same condition exists.

“He feels a little bit more improved today. There is no where’s near full range of motion, but there is improvement. There wasn’t another event between those two exams and we’re staying the course with what has been recommended — the injection, return for an exam here in the near future.”

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Red Sox lineup: Chris Young, Ryan Hanigan get starts

04.19.16 at 3:33 pm ET
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Chris Young

Chris Young

With left-hander Drew Smyly starting for the Rays in their series-opener against the Red Sox Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Sox manager John Farrell gives Chris Young the nod once again in left field.

Young, who Farrell noted in the offseason would play against all lefty starters, is just 2-for-15 to start the season. He has just three plate appearances against Smyly, notching a hit and a walk.

Also starting will be Ryan Hanigan, who will be catching Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.

Here is the Red Sox’ lineup:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

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Red Sox option reliever Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket, recall reliever Heath Hembree

04.19.16 at 2:07 pm ET
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Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

Although it is not a drastic move, the Red Sox have made a move with their bullpen.

After Monday’s loss, the Red Sox optioned right-hander reliever Noe Ramirez to Triple-A and as the corresponding move recalled right-handed reliever Heath Hembree.

Hembree has not allowed a run in four appearances with Pawtucket this season, surrendering only two hits and recording nine strikeouts without issuing a walk over five innings. He came to the Red Sox from the Giants in the Jake Peavy trade in 2014.

Through 12 games this season with the Red Sox, Ramirez has a 4.91 ERA with eight strikeouts. He made the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. He was a 2011 fourth-round pick by the Red Sox.

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Dr. Thomas Gill talks Pablo Sandoval situation on OM&F: ‘It’s pretty confusing, I’ve got to be honest’

04.19.16 at 1:55 pm ET
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Dr. Thomas Gill said the Pablo Sandoval situation is very confusing. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)

Dr. Thomas Gill said the Pablo Sandoval situation is very confusing. (Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)

Former Red Sox medical director and Patriots team doctor Dr. Thomas Gill checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Tuesday to discuss the Pablo Sandoval situation. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

After an MRI late last week on his left shoulder, Sandoval wanted a second opinion by Dr. James Andrews. Monday was that second opinion, but upon meeting with Dr. Andrews Sandoval was too sore for a full exam and instead got a cortisone shot.

Dr. Gill said the situation is questionable.

“It’s pretty rare to have someone this far out from this specific injury to have so much pain you can’t examine them,” Gill said. “Obviously I’m not aware of anything going on with Pablo, specifically. But just in a general rule for an athlete with a shoulder injury, you ought to be able to examine them. What John Farrell was saying that he received an injection to calm down the pain, usually that’s what I do to get a really good exam. Once you give that injection in the office you can get rid of their pain almost right away and that’s really the best time to test strength, flexibility and things like that. It is pretty confusing, I’ve got to be honest.”

Dr. Gill explained what he would do if a patient was too sore for a full exam.

“What I typically do, and not so much a cortisone injection, but you can inject some novicane into the bursa, that area above the rotator cuff,” he said. “What that does is get rid of all the pain. So a guy who has had a lot of weakness before the injection … You can be weak either because of the pain or because of a big tear, but if I give some novacane in the bursa what that does is gets rid of their pain and allows me to give a much better exam.

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Tuesday Farm Report: LHP Henry Owens solid in PawSox win, improves ERA to 1.00 through 3 starts

04.19.16 at 10:23 am ET
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Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

Henry Owens

Henry Owens

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (7-5): W, 3-1, 10 innings, at Rochester (Twins)

— Left-hander Henry Owens delivered a solid performance, earning his seventh consecutive quality start in Triple-A dating back to last season. He went six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision despite the impressive outing, as the game wound up going to 10 innings before the PawSox won, 3-1. Owens now is sporting a nifty 1.00 ERA through three starts this season.

— Blake Swihart, recently optioned to Pawtucket by the Red Sox, showed off some late-game heroics with a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning. IT was his only hit in five at-bats. Rusney Castillo, who made the trip to Triple-A with Swihart, finished 2-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout.

— Right fielder Justin Maxwell had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI, one walk and one strikeout. Also joining the party offensively was Sam Travis, who was 2-for-4 with a walk. His average now sits at .277.

— Kyle Martin was dominant out of the bullpen, throwing three perfect innings, striking out three and walking none. He picked up his first win of the season.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: Joe Kelly vs. Drew Smyly

04.19.16 at 8:39 am ET
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Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

Hard throwing right-hander Joe Kelly will be on the bump Tuesday night as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Rays, who will send out lefty Drew Smyly.

Kelly will look to build on his previous start last Thursday, when he picked up his first win of the young season. He went five innings against the Orioles, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out six. The Red Sox went on to win the game, 4-2. He had to work through jams, but Kelly’s performance proved to be enough to hand the Orioles their first loss of the season.

“Obviously it wasn’t the best,” Kelly said afterward. “I went out there and battled and grinded against a team that’s been really, really hot.”

Kelly has faced the Rays twice — a pair of starts last year. He is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA and 1.900 WHIP, recording 13 strikeouts and two walks in 10 innings.

Smyly’s last start was last Wednesday, when he picked up his second loss in two starts this season despite a solid performance against the Indians. He went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on just three hits. He walked one and struck out 11, which tied his career high. The Rays could only muster one run in the game and wound up losing, 4-1, at the hands of a dominating pitching performance from Carlos Carrasco.

“I knew it was going to be a pitchers’ duel,” Smyly said after the loss. “Carrasco has amazing stuff. He just beat us today.”

Smyly, who started his career with the Tigers in 2012, has made eight appearances against the Red Sox, including six starts. The 26-year-old is 3-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 1.008 WHIP, recording 43 strikeouts and walking 10 in 40 2/3 innings.

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Despite Red Sox loss, Clay Buchholz gets back on track with 6 2/3 scoreless innings

04.18.16 at 3:48 pm ET
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Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got a no-decison. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

Clay Buchholz pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and got a no-decison. (Mark L. Baer/USA Today Sports)

If there was one bright spot in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, it would be the performance of starter Clay Buchholz.

In his third start of the year, the right-hander threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead, but the bullpen allowed four eighth innings runs to spoil the dominant start to leave him with a no-decision.

Buchholz went 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits, while walking two and striking out two. After allowing five earned runs in each of his previous two starts this season, Monday was much-needed.

“I felt good despite being 11 o’clock in the morning,” Buchholz said. “It’s one of the things I have to get over. I am not the best morning person, I guess. I have to find a way to get mentally prepared and go out and try to win a ballgame. With the lineup that we faced these four games is not an easy lineup to pitch around any one person to get to the next guy. I felt really good with just about everything. My curveball came to me a little later. The fastball-changeup-cutter mix was probably the best I’ve felt.”

The key for Buchholz was inducing four double-play balls, which tied a career-high and were the most by a Red Sox starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2008. He credited his two-seamer for getting all the groundballs, which he said he spent a lot of time working on in between starts.

Buchholz lowered his ERA from 10.00 to 5.74. He said he really didn’t change much from his previous starts.

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Pablo Sandoval (shoulder) too sore to have full exam by Dr. James Andrews

04.18.16 at 3:11 pm ET
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Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

The strange Pablo Sandoval situation has gotten even stranger.

The Red Sox third baseman had his shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews in Florida on Monday morning, but he couldn’t get a full exam because the shoulder was “very sore.”

Instead, he got a cortisone shot to calm down the inflammation and will likely be re-examined by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks.

“He had the exam here today with Dr. Andrews. He’s still very sore,” manager John Farrell said. “To say there was a full exam conducted, Dr. Andrews couldn’t because of the soreness. He was given an ejection to calm the inflammation down. At this point he will be re-examined likely by Dr. Andrews in a few weeks.”

Sandoval had an MRI late last week after the third baseman was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. After the results came back it was determined he would go see Dr. Andrews for a second opinion.

It is unknown what the MRI last week found as neither Sandoval or any member of the organization would say.

After losing the starting third base job in spring training to Travis Shaw, Sandoval played in three games and was 0-for-7.

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