|08.11.15 at 7:10 pm ET|
Farrell was late arriving to Marlins Park due to hernia surgery, performed Monday in Detroit. After staying overnight, the Red Sox manager made his way to Florida for the series opener, seemingly walking with a good deal of discomfort.
“I’m here,” Farrell said with a chuckle when asked how he was feeling. “This was something that reared its head on Friday. After some tests on Saturday, it was determined that it was needed to be taken care of yesterday morning, Monday. And overnight in the hospital, come down here. I won’t win a sprint race right now, I can tell you that, but we’re here.”
Having to conduct his pregame media session while standing up, Farrell explained that he already went through how maneuvering during the game would be handled with bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Just before game-time, however, it was determined that Farrell would spend the game resting back at the team hotel, with Lovullo taking over the managing duties.
“Here’s a guy that wants to be here,” said Lovullo after the Red Sox‘ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Marlins. “I know he really, really wants to be a part of this but it was a little too much to ask his body to be here. The doctors talked to him and asked him to get some rest.”
Lovullo added, “John wanted to be here and at a certain point Doc [Larry] Ronan saw a couple of symptoms that told him he better go home and get some rest. You get to a certain spot where you have to sit back and listen to a professional. John went back and wisely got some rest.”
Farrell explained the injury came out of nowhere.
“It just kind of cropped up,” he said. “I actually tossed my equipment bag in New York, so any kind of rotational burst of movement is typically what causes it. It seems to be the culprit late Thursday night.”
– Dustin Pedroia, who hasn’t played since July 22 due to the re-aggravation of his hamstring injury, doesn’t have a timetable for his return. Farrell said the hope is that Pedroia could resume baseball activities at the end of the month.
“We’ll take him through another precautionary MRI at that point just to see how the injury has healed up and where he’s at, the strength testing that he’ll go through,” the manager said. “That’s where we’re at with that.”
According to a team source, the plan is to have Pedroia conduct what would be his second MRI when the Red Sox return home from their current road trip.
Farrell did note the importance of Pedroia returning to action prior to the end of the season.
“I think it would be beneficial to everyone, particularly for Pedey,” he said. “Keeping in mind we don’t want to jeopardize anything, if he can go into the offseason knowing he got back on the field and feels like there’s no restrictions, that would be helpful to everyone.”
– Mookie Betts was back in the Red Sox‘ lineup Tuesday, coming off the seven-day concussion disabled list. Also joining Betts on the active roster were relievers Tommy Layne and Ryan Cook.
The Red Sox’ roster spots vacated where due to the DFA of Justin Masterson, Koji Uehara going on the 15-day disabled list (broken wrist), and the demotion of shortstop Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket.
– Farrell elaborated on the diagnosis of Uehara, who had been struck in the right wrist with an Ian Kinsler line drive Friday night.
“I think everybody who saw the line drive, you hold your collective breath,” Farrell said. “Unfortunately, the fracture shows up. I know Koji is such a competitor, he doesn’t want to just shut down completely but his health is primary or the priority. After Friday night, and then to come in and have the CT-scan revealed as a fracture, it’s disappointing but we have to take care of Koji.”
For the remainder of the season, it appears as though the Red Sox might be reverting to closer by committee.
“Well, we’ve got a couple of candidates to close,” Farrell said. “I said the other day that Taz [Junichi Tazawa] would be one. Possibly [Jean] Machi. We’ll get Ryan Cook’s feet on the ground here. We’ll see where things go. We’ve got multiple options from which to choose from right now.”
– Rick Porcello threw 50 pitches Tuesday without any discomfort in his injured right triceps. He is slated to participate in game action Friday or Saturday.
|08.11.15 at 9:52 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-72): L, 2-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Heath Hembree gave up a walkoff inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre center fielder Ben Gamel as the PawSox lost their eighth consecutive game. Hembree took the loss, falling to 0-4, after recording two strikeouts in the eighth inning before allowing Gamel’s inside-the-parker to leadoff the ninth.
— Matt Barnes started for the PawSox and tossed 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed one earned run on six hits, while walking three and striking out five. Barnes has pitched in 16 games for Pawtucket this season, including five starts, and is 1-1 with a 5.16 ERA.
— The Pawtucket offense struggled once again, totaling just four hits. Right fielder Jonathan Roof scored the only run after leading off the sixth inning with a double. He crossed the plate on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Jeff Bianchi. Roof and Bianchi both finished the day 1-for-3, shortstop Marco Hernandez went 1-for-4 and left fielder Garin Cecchini went 1-for-4 with a double.
|08.11.15 at 9:36 am ET|
The Red Sox will open up a two-game set with the Marlins for the second time this season when they take the field Tuesday in Miami. In the two teams’ last series at Fenway Park on July 7 and 8, the Red Sox swept, winning by scores of 4-3 and 6-3.
Facing the Tigers in the latest installment of their road trip, the Sox had what can only be considered one of the most promising series of their season. They took two out of three in Detroit, with the victories coming on the arms of Joe Kelly and Henry Owens. Kelly was impressive Friday, striking out seven of the first eight batters he faced and finishing with 5 1/3 innings pitched while allowing just two earned runs. Meanwhile, Owens was just as effective on a limited pitch count Sunday. He hurled five innings, giving up three hits and four walks along with a run. Both of these efforts resulted in 7-2 Red Sox wins.
“I think, probably these last two starts, looking back, I can kind of trust myself in the zone more, rather than tinker around the strike zone,” Owens said of his first career major league win. “It’s good to get these first two out of the way, and the first zone, set my shoulders back, take a deep breath and move on.”
It wasn’t just the pitchers who provided a ray of sunlight for the Red Sox this past weekend, Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. showed why they belong with the big league club with their performances as well. Castillo went 3-for-5 on Friday, scoring three runs and driving in one more during the win. He’s slashed a solid .333/.375/.444 since being recalled on July 27. Bradley also had himself a day this weekend when he clubbed a long ball and a triple on Sunday. He closed the game with five RBIs and a spectacular Willie Mays-esque catch.
“Today was a flash of what Jackie’s capable of,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of his 25-year-old center fielder. “And when he swings the bat like that, it’s certainly the potential for an outstanding player. The defense has clearly been the carrying tool for him. It always gives him the opportunity to find at-bats for him.
“Today, a big day for him. But as a young player, both on the amateur level and the lower levels, he’s been a very good offensive contributor. It’s taken some time for him to get his feet on the ground here, but today is a glimpse of what that potentially could be.”
The Red Sox head into the Marlins series Tuesday with baseball’s 12th-best offense and fourth-worst pitching staff. However, the Sox’ struggles will be muted Tuesday when they take the field against the worst team in baseball.
The Marlins only wish they could erase 2015 from memory. They own a 44-68 record and, of Saturday, have fallen behind the Phillies for last place in the NL East. This year, they are 26-30 at home, far better than their road split, which sits at a lowly 18-38.
|08.11.15 at 8:56 am ET|
The Red Sox will continue to ride the knuckleball of Steven Wright Tuesday when he takes the mound against rookie southpaw Justin Nicolino and the last-place Marlins.
Wright’s signature pitch has proven its worth time and time again over his last two starts, as he’s drawn a .185/.241/.296 opponents’ slash line in those two outings. The right-hander has gone 15 innings over these two outings and allowed just three runs. Perhaps most impressive about his recent performance are the swings and misses he has generated — 10 against the White Sox on July 30 and a whopping 16 against the Yankees last Wednesday.
Wright used the knuckleball on 97.4 percent of his pitches last Wednesday and his season-high usage rate on the pitch came against the White Sox when he tossed it 98.2 percent of the time.
“Early on I thought he mixed his fastball in well,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after his team’s 8-2 win over the White Sox. “Not exclusively to the use of his knuckleball. I think he needed it because he didn’t have a real good feel for it the first couple innings. Once he did get the feel for it — the consistency, the violence, the action in the strike-throwing ability improved across the board. Slowed him down. As they came into this series, we saw for three nights what they did. Started things off the same way, but he settled in and pitched a very solid outing for us.”
In eight starts this season, Wright has given up more than three earned runs just once and he sports a 5-4 record and a 4.12 ERA in 15 total appearances.
Though he should be helped out by the vast expanse of outfield in Marlins Park, Wright has struggled on the road this season. In nine games away from Fenway Park, he’s logged a 4.42 ERA with eight home runs allowed. He’ll try to push the Red Sox out of the AL’s cellar when he takes the bump Tuesday.
|08.10.15 at 6:27 pm ET|
Koji Uehara’s season is over.
The Red Sox closer, who was hit with a line drive on the final out of Friday’s 7-2 victory over the Tigers, suffered what the team termed a non-displaced distal radius fracture. He will be placed on the disabled list and he will not pitch again this season, but is expected to make a full recovery, the team announced on Monday.
Uehara shouldn’t even have been in the game, but reliever Justin Masterson loaded the bases with one out and the Red Sox leading 7-2, requiring manager John Farrell to signal Uehara for the rare five-run save. He struck out Jose Iglesias before Ian Kinsler ripped a 1-2 offering up the middle.
Instead of scoring two runs, it became the final out of the game when Uehara reflexively blocked it with his right arm, the small catching him flush on the back of the wrist.
Initial tests showed no break, but that diagnosis changed on Monday.
Uehara, 40, finishes with 25 saves and a 2.33 ERA. He is signed through next season, when he will make $9 million.
In other Red Sox news, the team signed left-hander Rich Hill, a Milton native, to a minor-league deal, according to a source. Hill had been pitching for the independent Long Island Ducks, and on Sunday set a franchise record with 14 strikeouts over six shutout innings in a loss to Camden.
Hill, 35, spent parts of three seasons with the Red Sox from 2010-12. He has pitched for six other clubs in the big leagues during his 10-year career, including the Yankees last season.
News of Uehara’s injury was first reported by the Boston Globe, while the Hill signing first appeared at SB Nation.
|08.10.15 at 10:00 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-71): L, 3-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— Right-hander Zeke Spruill lost his fifth consecutive start after allowing three earned runs on eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts over seven innings of work. Spruill now has a 4-9 record and a 4.48 ERA after nine starts and 21 relief appearances for Pawtucket this season.
— Pat Light tossed two innings of relief, walking three but allowing no hits and no runs. He also struck out four. The 24-year-old right-hander has appeared in 18 games for the PawSox this season and holds a 1-2 record with a 5.32 ERA.
— Third baseman Jonathan Roof accounted for the lone Pawtucket run, hitting a solo home run to left center in the bottom of the third inning. The homer was the first in a PawSox uniform for Roof, who is hitting .197 with three RBIs through 23 games with Pawtucket.
— Including Roof’s solo shot, the PawSox offense mustered just three hits, as center fielder Jemile Weeks and catcher Humberto Quintero singled.
|08.10.15 at 12:22 am ET|
A great look (thanks to StatCast) at Jackie Bradley Jr.’s over-the-shoulder catch Sunday afternoon …
|08.09.15 at 7:07 pm ET|
So Jackie Bradley Jr. had a big day Sunday, claiming five RBIs (one more than his season total) in the Red Sox‘ 7-2 win over the Tigers. He also claimed his second home run of the season.
With the performance, Bradley Jr. raised his batting average to .148, with an OPS of .559.
And after the game, the outfielder took to Twitter, suggesting he was not a fan of the analysis of NESN’s Dennis Eckersley, who has been on both the pregame and postgame shows throughout the year, while recently filling in on the broadcasts with Don Orsillo.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) August 9, 2015
While playing spectacular defense throughout his brief big league career, Bradley Jr. hasn’t yet figured out major league pitching (Sunday’s showing aside, of course). In 540 at-bats with the Red Sox he has a .191 batting average and .549 OPS.
UPDATE: Bradley Jr. followed up with a tweet suggesting his first message was taken out of context.
I was in no way trying to make it seem like I was "calling out" anyone. It was suppose to be motivational but got taken out of context.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. (@JackieBradleyJr) August 9, 2015
|08.09.15 at 6:04 pm ET|
Rivero, 27, played in four games with the Red Sox last season going 4-for-7. He spent 2014 in the Red Sox’ organization between both Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.
He didn’t play in any games with the Mariners this year, but is slashing .256/.296/.372 with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate. His time with the Red Sox last year has been his only major league experience.
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#Mariners trade Tacoma 3B Carlos Rivero to Boston for cash.
‘ Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) August 9, 2015
|08.09.15 at 5:54 pm ET|
With the Red Sox looking ahead to 2016, it’s become time to give younger players more of an opportunity.
Going along with that, the Red Sox designated right-hander Justin Masterson for assignment following Sunday’s win over the Tigers. The right-hander will be removed from the 40-man roster and the team has 10 days to trade or release him.
Masterson allowed a solo home run in the seventh inning going and has now allowe runs in three out of his last four outings. Without a defined role out of the bullpen and having his contract expire after this season, it was time to let him go.
“In fairness to Justin, rather than travel, it was time to inform him today,” manager John Farrell said to reporters after the game.
He had a 6.14 ERA in nine starts to open the year and then after about six weeks was placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis, then returned in a relief role in which he posted a 3.52 ERA in nine appearances.
“It was consistent strike-throwing when you boil it down,” Farrell said of why Masterson struggled. “He flashed some better arm strength at various points in time in the season but the overall consistency wasn’t there. He was tough on some right-handers but the ability to hold it together in a starting role, multiple times through the order, that came and went.
“Then when we got him through the bullpen. He had flashes of solid contributions but again it’s the inconsistencies that led to this.”
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