|05.24.16 at 12:41 pm ET|
This shouldn’t have been a surprise. Once you say “second opinion,” it automatically is safe to assume the first opinion wasn’t good. That was the case with Carson Smith.
Smith is undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday, having first had an issue with the area during a March 21 spring training game. And while he came back May 3, the fact he couldn’t bounce back — making just three appearances before going back on the 15-day disabled list — was not a good sign.
Smith said in spring training that he hadn’t experienced any elbow discomfort last season in Seattle. That being the case, it was still noteworthy that the reliever’s velocity dipped somewhat the final month of last season.
Yet while the velocity was down in September, it was hard to argue with Smith’s results, with the reliever not allowing a run over his 11 appearances, striking out 19 and walking just two.
It was enough for the Red Sox to allocate a fairly significant trade chip — Wade Miley — to acquire Smith this offseason, with the Mariners’ medical reports on the reliever seemingly offering peace of mind.
But now, it hasn’t worked out. And the Red Sox are left with the same hole they thought they had filled heading into this year — a proven, lock-down, seventh- or eighth-inning reliever who can dominate right-handed hitters.
|05.24.16 at 10:52 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-23): No game scheduled.
The PawSox will host a three-game series vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) starting Tuesday.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (15-28): L, 6-5, at Harrisburg (Nationals)
— Left fielder Rainel Rosario did his part to keep Portland in the game, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. The 27-year-old hit a clutch RBI single in the top of the eighth inning, giving the Sea Dogs a temporary 5-4 lead. He also had a double in the game.
Rosario is batting .318/.328/.318 through 29 games this season. The native of the Dominican Republic has been a very balanced batter for Portland, as he sits in the top four on the team in runs (10), RBIs (10), hits (28), doubles (6) and walks (11).
— Shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple, catcher Jake Romanski was 2-for-4 with a double, and right fielder Henry Ramos went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
— Sean Coyle ripped a two-run, opposite-field home run in the third inning. Coyle, sent down from Triple-A after struggling in 24 games with Pawtucket, is hitting .176/.333/.412 in five games with the Sea Dogs.
— It was a decent performance on the mound for Portland’s Aaron Wilkerson, who let up three earned runs and six hits in five innings pitched. He also walked two and collected two strikeouts. The right-hander gave up a run in the bottom of the second inning, ending his scoreless innings streak at 21. He also allowed an RBI single in the fourth inning before giving up a triple to the first batter in the sixth inning. Wilkerson then was pulled, and the runner eventually scored.
Monday’s night game was the first appearance in which Wilkerson allowed an earned run since an April 29 loss to Reading. The Texas native now sits at 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in nine games with both Pawtucket and Portland this season. Wilkerson has the best ERA of all Portland pitchers and his 48 strikeouts lead the team as well.
|05.24.16 at 10:28 am ET|
The news isn’t great for Carson Smith.
On Tuesday morning, the Red Sox announced the reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The surgery will be performed Tuesday by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
He went on the 15-day disabled list last week with elbow tightness and received an MRI before it was determined surgery was necessary.
Smith came to the Red Sox in the trade for Wade Miley this offseason, but was never fully healthy after suffering an elbow injury during spring training. Smith came off the disabled list in early May, but only made three appearances — May 3, 9 and 14.
The right-hander said last week he was feeling the discomfort throwing sliders rather than fastballs.
“I felt healthy my first outing out and felt good for the most part for the first week or so I was back up,” Smith said. “I threw against Oakland and had an extensive outing and a number of warmup pitches to go into that game and since then, there’s been small symptoms of what it was back in spring training.”
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|05.24.16 at 9:33 am ET|
The Red Sox will send ace David Price to the mound Tuesday to open a three-game series against the Rockies. He will face off against fellow left-hander Jorge De La Rosa.
Price enters Tuesday’s game with a 6-1 record, a 5.53 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. The 30-year-old has the most strikeouts in the American League (70) and the fifth-most wins. After a rough start to the season, Price has returned to his old form as of late, surrendering only three earned runs in his last two starts. He most recently hurled 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball in a 5-2 win against the Royals last Wednesday. The left-hander also struck out five and only walked one.
“I felt like that’s the best I’ve commanded all my pitches from the beginning until I was taken out,” Price said after the game. “That’s definitely a step in the right direction.”
Price will be looking for his first win vs. the Rockies, as he is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP when facing the National League team. In his last start against Colorado as a member of the Rays in 2013, Price let up four earned runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings, walking three and hitting one batter.
|05.23.16 at 11:41 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (21-23): L, 2-1, at Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— William Cuevas had yet another quality Triple-A start, surrendering only one earned run and four hits in six innings pitched. He also struck out four Bison batters. The only run the right-hander allowed came on back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Having pitched the most innings for Pawtucket this season, Cuevas has a 4-1 record with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The 25-year-old Venezuelan also sits at fourth on the team in strikeouts with 30.
— Relieving Cuevas with the game tied at 1 was right-hander Noe Ramirez. He held Buffalo hitless in the seventh and eighth innings, allowing only a walk in his appearance. However, reliever Kyle Martin let up three hits in the bottom of the ninth inning, including a walk-off single to former major leaguer Casey Kotchman.
It was a tough outing for Martin, Boston’s No. 28 prospect at MLB.com. The righty now holds a 2-2 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. He does, however, lead all Pawtucket relief pitchers in strikeouts (28) and is second among relievers in innings pitched (21 1/3).
|05.23.16 at 7:51 am ET|
It’s the conversation that is only getting louder, thanks in large part to what David Ortiz is doing.
Would Ortiz consider not retiring after the 2016 season if the Red Sox made it worth his while?
One of the people who would have a say in executing such an offer to the designated hitter, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, offered his current perspective on the scenario.
“Right now, I respect somebody’s opinion, their thoughts and we’ll just leave it at that,” Dombrowski told WEEI.com. “This is not the time of year to deal with those kind of things. We’ll respect somebody’s opinion and go from there. This is playing baseball time, day in and day out, trying to win the games. We’ll see what happens as time goes on.”
When the subject was broached with Ortiz Friday, the DH dug in on his stance to call it quits.
“Listen, the thing is that people need to understand, in my mind I’m 100 percent sure I’m going to retire,” Ortiz said. “There are so many reasons for me that I want to retire. That is what is my mind right now. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea.”
|05.22.16 at 6:33 pm ET|
Red Sox third baseman Travis Shaw left the park wearing a brace on his left hand Sunday and is unlikely to play Tuesday when the Red Sox return to action because of a minor injury.
Shaw has been jammed twice recently, resulting in soreness to the webbing on his left hand between the thumb and forefinger, according to a team source.
The young third baseman, who is off to a tremendous start, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday’s win over the Indians and didn’t look entirely comfortable at the plate. His average has dropped from .328 to .305 in the last week, and he’s hitting just .200 (6-for-30) in his last six games.
Asked about the brace while leaving the park, Shaw said he was fine.
Even with the recent minor slump, Shaw is still hitting .305 with six homers, 29 RBIs and a .904 OPS. His injury is not considered serious.
|05.22.16 at 5:02 pm ET|
Fenway Park can’t contain David Ortiz. If it could, he might’ve hit for the cycle on Sunday.
Batting in the eighth inning with a single, double and home run already secured, Ortiz drove a would-be triple to the triangle in center, but it took a bad hop into the stands for a ground-rule double, and Ortiz had to settle for a ho-hum 4-for-4 day to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Indians.
“When I went to hit, it wasn’t on my mind but when I went around first base, and I saw everybody going crazy I was like, ‘Oh, I better get it going.’ No, things happen for a reason, you know?” Ortiz said. “If God meant for me to hit a triple, just take a minute, you know? You don’t want to overdo things and all of a sudden something bad happens. I’m happy with the result anyway.”
The Red Sox offense just keeps rolling. Not even one of the best pitchers in the American League could slow it on Sunday.
Indians right-hander Danny Salazar began the afternoon with a 1.80 ERA, but the Red Sox punished him for eight hits and four runs in just 4 1/3 innings. Ortiz, not surprisingly, did most of the damage, briefly tying Seattle’s Robinson Cano for the AL RBI lead with 37 by driving in three.
Had his drive in the eighth not hit the padding in center and hopped sideways into the stands next to the 420 sign in center, he would’ve had the cycle.
The Red Sox actually missed a number of chances, leaving the bases loaded twice, but they did enough to take two of three from the Indians. They scored two in the first on an RBI single by Ortiz and another by Hanley Ramirez off of Salazar’s leg.
|05.22.16 at 3:46 pm ET|
Another game, another hit for Jackie Bradley Jr.
The red-hot Red Sox center fielder extended his hitting streak to 27 games on Sunday with a line single to right in the fifth off of Indians starter Danny Salazar, chasing him from the game.
He then aggressively went first t0 third on a Blake Swihart single, continuing the all-around play that has made him one of baseball’s most unlikely emerging stars.
Bradley had walked and struck out in his first two plate appearances.
Behind a David Ortiz double and homer, the Red Sox lead the Indians 4-2 in the fifth.
Bradley entered the game hitting .411 with a 1.286 OPS during his streak. The hit raised his American League-leading average to .344.
|05.22.16 at 12:05 pm ET|
Couple of quick pregame notes from manager John Farrell before Sunday’s series finale against the Indians pitting Rick Porcello vs. Danny Salazar.
Red-hot Jackie Bradley Jr. will put his 26-game hitting streak on the line from the sixth spot in the order. After being pitched around by Indians manager Terry Francona on Saturday, walking three times and beating out an infield single to extend his hitting streak, Bradley will get some lineup protection in the form of Travis Shaw, who will bat seventh.
Farrell said he’s not surprised it took until now for teams to start pitching Bradley more carefully.
“No, because when you look at the production we’ve received up and down the lineup, we don’t have a lineup you focus on one guy, and that’s a testament to the players that we have,” he said. “A little bit of an adjustment today to get Jackie a little bit higher with a couple of guys behind him that might factor into an intentional-walk decision today. I’m not surprised it’s taken this long.”
Farrell also relayed positive news on left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who threw a bullpen on Sunday that Farrell termed “productive.” He’ll now start on Tuesday for Triple-A Pawtucket, restarting his rehab clock.
Here’s the Red Sox lineup:
RF Mookie Betts
2B Dustin Pedroia
SS Xander Bogaerts
DH David Ortiz
1B Hanley Ramirez
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
3B Travis Shaw
LF Blake Swihart
C Christian Vazquez
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