|06.23.16 at 7:27 pm ET|
The Red Sox outfield took another hit Thursday when Chris Young pulled his hamstring rounding first base after ripping a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning in the Red Sox’ 8-7 extra innings win over the White Sox.
Young fell to the ground in serious pain grabbing the back of his right leg and needed help off the field from the trainer and manager John Farrell.
It was a severe enough strain that the team was able to already say he would be going on the 15-day disabled list after the game.
“This is significant enough that we can make the DL call right now,” Farrell said.
Young is hoping it isn’t as serious as it looked in the field at the time and he will feel a little better when he wakes up on Friday.
“I have never had it before. I have never had that feeling before, so I really don’t know how it is going to respond,” Young said. “I mean it feels OK right now, so I mean I think that is a positive. Coming off the field I didn’t think I would be able to feel like I feel right now, so I am trying to be as optimistic as possible and see how it feels in the morning.”
As for his spot on the roster, Farrell said the team didn’t know who that would be, although he did rule out Brock Holt, who is still rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket as he works his way back from a concussion.
Another player it won’t likely be is Andrew Benintendi, as the 2015 first-round pick had just 456 minor league at-bats and just 123 in Double-A prior today. Given what has happened in the past with the organization in rushing players to the big leagues, it would seem they will take their time with him and thus he’s not an option.
The more likely player is Bryce Brentz, who is currently on the 40-man roster, and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski name-dropped him on Monday following the demotion of Rusney Castillo as an outfielder who is performing well. Brentz came into Thursday batting .278 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games with Pawtucket this season.
Also, the team will likely only need this roster spot for a few days as Holt is set to play nine innings over the weekend and if everything goes as planned and he comes out of it feeling good, it appears he could be ready for a return early next week.
But, on a larger scale, Holt is not best served as an everyday left fielder. He’s better off as a utility man, so with the injuries to Young, as well as Blake Swihart, the team could be adding left field to their list of needs before the trade deadline.
|06.23.16 at 6:00 pm ET|
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how it goes, as long as it’s a W in the standings and that was the case Thursday for the Red Sox.
Even though the bullpen looked very vulnerable, the Red Sox were able to rally from 4-1 and 7-5 deficits to come away with a 8-7, 10-inning win over the White Sox to avoid a four-game sweep and their first four-game losing streak of the season.
Following two walks, Xander Bogaerts singled up the middle scoring Mookie Betts for a wild walk-off win.
This came after Craig Kimbrel got out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the top half of the inning.
After rallying from a 4-1 deficit entering the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead after the frame, Junichi Tazawa promptly allowed the White Sox to regain the lead in the top of the seventh as he allowed a three-run home run to Jose Abreu.
Tazawa’s performance comes following Wednesday night when Koji Uehara took the loss as he allowed two home runs when he entered the game with a 6-4 lead. The bullpen has now allowed seven runs in the last two games with three coming on homers.
The home run gave the White Sox a 7-5 lead, but once again the Red Sox wouldn’t go down without a fight as they scored a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Travis Shaw and then tied it in the eighth when Dustin Pedroia singled home Marco Hernandez who doubled with one out.
After White Sox starter James Shields departed in the top of the sixth, the Red Sox plated four runs in the inning (three charged to Shields) to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead and things were looking good at that point.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Hanley Ramirez hit a weak ground ball to second base that Brett Lawrie overthrew first base and two runs scored on the play. Then, pinch-hitter Sandy Leon singled to tie the game at four and the next batter Hernandez hit into a fielders choice to plate Ramirez as the go-ahead run at the time.
Red Sox starter Rick Porcello didn’t have his best stuff. The right-hander went just 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while walking one and hitting two. He had a season-low two strikeouts. It was also his shortest start since May 17 when he went five innings in a loss to the Royals.
The White Sox scored quickly against Porcello, putting two runs in the board in the top of the first inning before most settled into their seats. He allowed a lead off single, hit the next batter and then Jose Abreu singled to score Tim Anderson for the first run of the game. The second run scored on a Melky Cabrera double play.
Porcello would give up two more runs — one in the fourth and another in the sixth. In the sixth, he allowed a lead off triple to Cabrera and he scored on a sacrifice fly from Todd Frazier.
It was the second walk-off win of the season for the Red Sox.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|06.23.16 at 2:31 pm ET|
The Red Sox need Brock Holt back as soon as possible.
After hammering a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning, Chris Young rounded first base and abruptly stopped before falling to the ground in serious pain grabbing his right hamstring.
He was helped off the field by a trainer and manager John Farrell. The team announced the injury as a right hamstring strain and is being evaluated further.
Young was doing a nice job playing every day in left field since Holt and Blake Swihart went down with injuries. He entered the game batting .271 with six home runs and 15 RBIs.
Ryan LaMarre replaced Young in the lineup.
Chris Young dotted the Wall, took a hard turn at first, and came up gimpy. pic.twitter.com/jaiAswahpN
— Julian Benbow (@julianbenbow) June 23, 2016
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|06.23.16 at 12:24 pm ET|
Prior to the Red Sox-White Sox series finale on Thursday afternoon, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave injury updates on several of the wounded members of the team.
— Left fielder and catcher Blake Swihart suffered a severe left ankle sprain and is expected to miss several weeks because of the injury, but he appears to be trending in the right direction, as Farrell said Thursday that Swihart will be switching from a walking boot to a brace.
“[Blake Swihart] had a very good re-exam yesterday,” said Farrell. “He will come out of the boot and go to a brace. He is making steady progress. He will begin to get into more of a regular throwing program now that he can be weight bearing without a boot on, but still we are not at the point of putting him back where there is some twerking or twisting or rotation technical movement on that foot.
“But still, him getting into a brace and beginning to throw is probably fairly far ahead of what we first anticipated coming out of the injury. Encouraging, but still a ways to go.”
Before getting hurt, Swihart was hitting .258/.365/.355 in 74 plate appearances.
— Farrell also announced Travis Shaw will be available to pinch hit on Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s game in the third inning with a right shin contusion after fouling a ball off of his right ankle area on Tuesday night.
“Coming out of the game last night, even after we did some early work, I felt like he was good to go, it started to tighten up on him during the ball game, so I had to remove him,” said Farrell.
|06.23.16 at 11:35 am ET|
Here’s what was happening in the Red Sox system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-35): L, 6-4, vs. Syracuse (Washington)
— Down 4-2, the PawSox put together an impressive two-run rally in the eighth inning, but were unable to close the deal Wednesday night. The Chiefs added a pair of runs that proved to be the winning margin in the ninth off of reliever Roman Mendez.
— The PawSox performed well at the dish, with six of nine starters recording at least one hit, while going 3-for-9 as a team with runners in scoring position. Jantzen Witte and Ryan Court each had two-hit games. Court, who was playing his fourth game since being called up Monday, is 6-for-13 with a triple and two RBI, good for a .462 average.
— Down 3-0 Henry Ramos parked a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the PawSox on the board. Ramos ultimately went 1-for-4 on the night.
— The pitching was average at best for Pawtucket. Starter Aaron Wilkerson went three innings, allowing only one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Wilkerson’s ERA is now 2.12. Wesley Wright came in and tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three. Mendez, who was saddled with the loss, went 2 2/3 innings allowing one hit and two runs — neither of which being earned — with three walks and two strikeouts.
|06.23.16 at 10:00 am ET|
After leaving Wednesday night’s game with a shin injury, third baseman Travis Shaw is out of the lineup in the series finale Thursday afternoon against the White Sox. The Red Sox will be looking to avoid a four-game series sweep.
For the second straight game Hanley Ramirez will hit seventh. It paid off Wednesday night as the first baseman hit a homer. Marco Hernandez will get the start at third base in place of Shaw.
Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Chris Young, LF
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Christian Vazquez, C
Marco Hernandez, 3B
Rick Porcello, RHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|06.23.16 at 9:04 am ET|
The finale of the Red Sox-White Sox four-game series will take place Thursday afternoon with the Red Sox sending Rick Porcello to the mound and the White Sox calling upon struggling right-hander James Shields.
Porcello is 8-2 with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.094 WHIP in 14 starts. Porcello finally added a win to his record in a 6-2 Red Sox victory last Saturday against the Mariners. It was the first time in four starts that Porcello got a decision. It was Porcello’s sixth straight victory at Fenway. In the victory against the Mariners, Porcello threw six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks with six strikeouts.
“I had a good one in the bullpen, so I knew it would be good, but I didn’t want to show it too early,” Porcello said of his changeup. “It was the difference-maker.”
Against the White Sox, Porcello is 10-8 in 21 career starts with a 4.09 ERA and a 1.273 WHIP. Porcello made his last start against Chicago in August of last year. That outing was Porcello’s first after a stint on the DL with a strained right triceps. In a 3-0 Red Sox win, Porcello threw seven innings, allowing no runs, five hits and no walks with five strikeouts.
|06.23.16 at 7:00 am ET|
1. As soon as Yoan Moncada was promoted to Double-A Portland, you knew the question was coming: When will the second baseman be exposed to a new position?
Double-A is typically the level where positional players typically begin the shift to new positions and with Dustin Pedroia being under contact until 2021, Moncada likely will not stay at second base his entire career.
“We don’t have a specific time frame for him being ready,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday. “He’s a very good offensive player. He drives the ball. He hits for an average. He’s walked a lot this year. He probably [needs to work on] just his overall skills of the game. He probably needs to work defensively rather than offensively. He’s a situation where he’s a fine offensive player. He steals a lot of bases — probably going to learn some of the nuances of stealing bases.
“He’s a fine skilled offensive player and he has defensive abilities too, but the thing is as time goes on the question is inevitable, well, where are you going to play him? We’ll just wait and see that. We’ll probably get his feet wet at Double-A at second base, the position he’s most familiar, and those are questions that we’ll tackle in the future.”
One of the best examples of a player getting to Double-A and moving positions is Mookie Betts, who transitioned from second base to center field. He began his Double-A career at the start of the 2014 season and after roughly 35 games, he started playing center field for the first time.
“You have to kind of get acclimated to hitting first,” Betts said this week. “Before you make a position change you need to be fully acclimated to everything that is going on first before that change. They know what they are doing.”
It would seem that is the same approach the organization is taking with Moncada because as of now, there are no immediate plans to have Moncada be exposed to other positions.
“We don’t have any plans at this point,” Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett said. “I think we’re kind of taking it one step at a time and he’ll be playing second base here in Portland as he makes that transition.”
“Any time you move into a new level I think having some familiarity of where you are playing defensively is important,” he added. “When you’re in a more challenging environment on the field, as you’re making that initial adjustment, you’re not making an adjustment to a new position.”
|06.22.16 at 11:10 pm ET|
Wednesday night started innocuously enough for Dave Gallagher and his father, David. Dave, a native of Bristol, N.H., who now lives in Georgia, made his annual trip north to see a Red Sox game. He even had a Father’s Day surprise for his dad — four tickets in the front row of the Green Monster.
Then things got interesting.
With the Red Sox down 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth after an implosion by reliever Koji Uehara, Xander Bogaerts clubbed a pitch to left-center field, directly at the Gallaghers.
Dave reached down. The ball glanced off his hands and dropped onto the field. Bogaerts stopped at second with a double. And then the Gallaghers found themselves in the center of an unexpected controversy.
“The ball wasn’t coming in [as] a home run. It wasn’t,” Dave Gallagher told WEEI.com and the Boston Herald. “It wasn’t going to be — it wasn’t going to hit the top of the wall coming to me. So I had to reach out to get it.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell complained, the umpires conferred, and after a five-minute delay, ruled both fan interference and a double, but no home run.
“When we went to replay, replay said the original call is overturned,” crew chief Dana DeMuth told a pool reporter. “A fan did touch it. However, placement of the runners was it’s not a home run. The fan did not prevent it from being a home run.”
That was no consolation to the Gallaghers, who were promptly ejected by stadium security. That meant no ninth inning for Dave, his father, Dave’s uncle Ron, or a fourth member of the group who declined to be identified.
“They said if you touched it you’re out,” Dave Gallagher said. “They said if you touched any part of it, you’re out. And it didn’t make any sense to me. If it touched us, and we held on to it and grabbed on to it as a home run, it would have been fine.”
Dave spent roughly $200 per ticket, running him north of $800, plus the cost of airfare. Whatever the cost, it’s safe to say it turned out to be a night none of them would forget, though he wondered, “Are we going to be the bad guys?”
“I’m actually from Georgia,” he added. “I came up for the game and they kicked me out. So that’s a story to tell.”
|06.22.16 at 10:50 pm ET|
Koji Uehara allowed a pair of eighth inning home runs to blow a lead and Xander Bogaerts lost a potential tying blast on fan interference as the Red Sox suffered a wild, demoralizing 8-6 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday night.
Summoned to protect a 6-4 lead, Uehara hung a pair of splitters that got crushed. Melky Cabrera hit the first out to right field for a game-tying two-run homer, and then Brett Lawrie launched the game-winner over everything in left.
The Red Sox looked like they had potentially tied the game when Bogaerts lifted his third hit of the night towards the Green Monster, but it skipped off the top of the wall for a double. On replay, however, it appeared that a fan reached over the fence and touched the ball, possibly keeping it from clearing the red line that would make it a homer.
After a lengthy review, umpires left Bogaerts on second. There was more drama two batters later when Chris Young launched a potential three-run homer to left, but it drifted just a couple of feet foul in the gap between the pole and the roof box seats. Young then struck out.
Uehara’s implosion erased a solid start from left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 Ks), who featured his best fastball of the season, routinely hitting 95-96 mph. It also negated a strong night from the offense, which got multiple hits from the first three members of the order and a home run from struggling first baseman Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez’s homer into the Red Sox bullpen in the sixth on a 1-2 count broke a 4-4 tie.
But Uehara had nothing on his splitter, which spun in the heart of the strike zone, and the White Sox made him pay while dealing the Red Sox their third straight loss and seventh in 10 games.
It did not take long for the Red Sox to find their stroke against one of the American League’s best pitchers. Jose Quintana began the night with a 2.63 ERA, but the Red Sox posted a four-spot in the third on a Sandy Leon walk and five singles.
After combining for 11 hits and two runs in the first two games of the series, the Red Sox put together ten hits and six runs on Wednesday night alone.
Eduardo Rodriguez showed much needed improvement, going six innings with his old delivery. Rodriguez’s last four starts were marred by a modified delivery that did not pan out well in addition to possibly tipping his changeup.
However the 23-year-old found what had made him successful in previous outings and let it take care of itself from there. He was blowing his fastball by batters in the 95 to 96 mph range, and occasionally subtly and effectively mixed in his changeup as well. He established the pitch early by starting the game with three consecutive changeups to leadoff hitter Tim Anderson, who took Clay Buchholz long on a first-pitch fastball to start the game Tuesday night.
However he was not exempt from exhibiting flashes of what’s gone painfully wrong for him this season. He left a fastball right over the heart of the plate to Todd Frazier, who hit his second home run in as many nights into the Monster seats. He also allowed a pair of hard doubles, including an RBI two-bagger to Cabrera.
Wednesday was Rodriguez’s first start of more than 100 pitches this season, tossing 102. It was his first outing north of 100 pitches since September 14 of last season.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
— Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a double to record his 30th multi-hit game of the season.
— Ramirez hit his sixth home run of the year and his second in eight games. He hit a 1-2 pitch into the Red Sox bullpen to give Boston a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
— Eduardo Rodriguez brought his velocity back up consistently, clocking 95 to 96 mph routinely.
— Dustin Pedroia (2-for-4) and Bogaerts (3-for-5) recorded multiple hits, raising their averages to .306 and .351, respectively.
WHAT WENT WRONG
— Koji. The formerly reliable reliever saw his ERA climb to 4.78 after he allowed three runs on two homers.
— Reliever Heath Hembree allowed an insurance run in the eighth.
— The Red Sox lost a pair of home run challenges, first on Bogaerts’ blast, and then on Young’s near go-ahead shot in the eighth.
— Sandy Leon got picked off at third base in the fourth inning with one out, killing all momentum for the Sox in the frame.
— Travis Shaw exited the game in the fourth inning with a right shin contusion, no doubt a holdover from the ball he fouled off his leg on Tuesday.
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