|08.14.15 at 10:08 pm ET|
The list of things that can’t go the Red Sox‘ way keeps on growing.
After hitting a two-run homer in the first inning, outfielder Rusney Castillo left the game prior to the top of the fifth inning. Castillo fouled a pitch off his left foot in the bottom of the fourth and took several minutes with the trainer before staying in the game. He struck out in that at-bat.
The team announced it as a left foot contusion.
“Rusney has left here today and he’s going to get some imaging tomorrow and we’ll know more about him as his status,” Torey Lovullo said after the game.
Alejandro De Aza replaced him, as Jackie Bradley Jr. switched from left field to right field and De Aza played left.
Castillo entered the game batting .268 on the year.
|08.14.15 at 7:33 pm ET|
Sooner or later, the Red Sox will have some luck go their way.
After manager John Farrell announced he has stage one lymphoma, he discussed the day-to-day baseball happenings with the team and revealed starter Steven Wright has been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Wright was running sprints in Miami Wednesday when a fly ball hit him in the back of the neck. After having some concussion symptoms he was placed on the 7-day DL. The Red Sox are now in need of a starter for Monday.
“I think there’s going to be a point that we come out of this chain of events that are seemingly taken place,” Farrell said. “Unfortunately Steven is going to have to miss the seven days. He’ll go through the MLB protocol, the balancing tests were the ones that were really off, to keep him off starting on Monday.”
The Red Sox don’t have many options for Monday’s starter.
Pawtucket’s rotation is struggling like Boston’s. Converted starter Matt Barnes is scheduled to start Saturday, while Edwin Escobar is slated for Monday, but he only just moved back into the rotation for the PawSox this month, allowing five runs on nine hits in eight innings over his two starts.
The could piece together a bullpen game with Robbie Ross Jr. as the starter, as he saw some action in the Rangers rotation last season.
— Hanley Ramirez is still battling a left foot injury, which has him missing his fifth straight game Friday.
“He’s over getting checked by Dr. [Peter] Asnis right now,” Farrell said. “He’s been able to go through some pregame work. It’s not turning the corner yet with the left foot where he fouled the ball off the left foot. The imagining still has been negative and yet the responsiveness to treatment and getting back to full speed is hanging in the balance. He’s over to get rechecked today to see if there’s been any change of plan with that.”
— Dustin Pedroia said his hamstring is getting better, but he will know more when he receives a MRI next Friday.
“I’m getting better,” Pedroia said. “I just finished this week strengthening. I have one more week of that phase, and then I have an MRI on Friday. If everything looks good, I’ll start my running progression and then be back out there.”
|08.14.15 at 6:14 pm ET|
Like the rest of the organization, general manager Ben Cherington was shocked when he heard the news on Thursday that manager John Farrell was diagnosed with stage one lymphoma.
Cherington was on his way to Greenville when Farrell called him during a layover.
“He called me yesterday,” Cherington said. “I was actually on the way to Greenville in between flights and called me — I had a quick layover and I was sort of in shock so a few minutes to sink in and then I figured out how to get back to Boston last night. I’ve been talking to him yesterday and this morning.”
The general manager noted how many people in the baseball world know Farrell and how many have already reached out.
He said he’s been in communication with him since yesterday and has been able to talk to him as a friend and let him they will get through it together.
“There’s a lot of respect for him. Not just within the Red Sox organization, but throughout baseball,” Cherington said. “A lot of people are already reaching out. He’s someone who has spent his whole life in baseball. He’s played. He’s coached. He’s worked in front offices. Obviously he’s managed now. He knows a lot — he probably knows more people in baseball than just about anybody. He’s hearing from a lot of people as you’d expect.
“We just, as I’ve been talking to him yesterday and this morning, unfortunately in his position there’s these public aspect of it that you have to acknowledge and deal with we have to plan and I’ve tried to get an opportunity yesterday and this morning just to talk to him as a human being and a friend and let him know I’m with him and that he’ll get through it and we’ll get through it together. As he said today he’ll get started next week.”
With Torey Lovullo taking over as manager, Cherington wouldn’t rule out bringing in another coach to help out as Lovullo was serving as bench coach.
“Still working through that,” he said. “I wouldn’t rule out adding someone to the staff to help with the work and make sure we have enough man power. Just started talking about that today. Obviously we don’t have anyone else here tonight and wouldn’t rule out having someone join the staff in the coming days. We’ll talk to Torey and John about that tomorrow.”
|08.14.15 at 5:23 pm ET|
He described what it was like when Farrell told the team of what he’s going through.
“It’s obviously, a lot of the guys were shocked, upset,” Farrell said. “I mean, it’s our manager, the leader of our team. We’re family. We’re together so much. When he starts out by telling us that, your heart just stops. Obviously anybody in that room would do anything for John. We know he’s going to get through this, and we’ll all get through it together and do anything we can to help him out.
Farrell has been Pedroia’s manager for the last three years and Pedroia was on the club when Farrell was pitching coach from 2007-10.
“Yeah, the everyday grind of our game, you kind of have tunnel vision when it’s going on,” Pedroia said. “When the most important guy says something like that, it definitely takes away everything you’re thinking about and you focus on just him and getting better. That’s the one thing that guys were sitting around, we sat around there right after the meeting, just sitting there. You just care.
“We all care about each other. The voice of your team, the leader of your team says that, it hits you. We’ve got to get him better.”
Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over as manager the rest of the season and Pedroia has confidence he will carry over Farrell’s leadership qualities.
“We love Torey. Same thing,” he said. “I think our organization does a great job of building, not just a coaching staff or people around us, but a family. Torey’s going to send the same message that John does, and that goes on down the line. It’s a chain of command. It’s one voice. I know wins and losses are not where we want to be, but that’s why this organization going forward is going to be back on top. We believe in each other and we send the right message from the top to the bottom.”
Pedroia discussed how Farrell is more than just a manager as he cares about his players off the field as well. He along with the rest of the players believe their manager will be able to fight off the disease.
“We love John,” he said. “We go through a lot together every day. He’s in it with us ‘ the ups and downs, the everything. He’s a guy that, he just doesn’t deal with what’s going on in the field. He cares about your family, he cares about your kids, things going on at home. He’s managing 25 guys’ lives, not just baseball. He’s a pretty important part to each and every one of us’ everything.
“We need him to get better, and he will.”
|08.14.15 at 5:18 pm ET|
Ortiz said on Friday the clubhouse was in shock with the news that Farrell has been diagnosed with stage 1 lymphoma. And he also vowed the players’ support.
“I’ve been around John for a long time,” Ortiz said. “He first was a pitching coach, and the past couple of years he’s been our manager. John is an incredible human being. In our situation, you’ve got 25 men in the room, and he’s got to put up with each one of us, every situation. I think it’s time for us to give him back that support and that much love that he gives to all of us. We’re going to ride through this with him. We’re going to always ask God for a blessing, you know, and make sure he comes through this in the best way possible.”
As Farrell noted, Ortiz believes his manager got extremely lucky. Had he not undergone surgery to repair a hernia in Detroit earlier this week, doctors wouldn’t have found the cancer.
“In his case, one out of a million times, the cancer that he has, it gives you no sickness until it’s pretty much all over the place, from what I heard,” Ortiz said. “He got very, very lucky that he went to get that hernia taken care of and all of a sudden they find out about this.
“It’s not the news you want to hear about, but when it comes down to what it was and the way they found out, I think we should all be happy about it, because now he knows. Otherwise, if he doesn’t get that surgery, then the news would’ve been different. Like he said, he had no symptoms. There’s no way he can tell about that cancer without having that surgery. It seems to me like pretty much everything worked for the best in this case, and hopefully he gets through it. Like I said, we’re going to give him all the support like he gives to us, always.”
Ortiz said he heard the news from a crying Hanley Ramirez, who came to him in the training room.
“Pretty much all of us were in shock,” Ortiz said. “When they mention the word cancer, it’s something that doesn’t matter what it comes from, it’s going to impact you. We’re going to give John the support that we can give him so he can get through this and be back next year, back to normal.
“Hopefully everything goes well for him. We’ve got a big family around here and definitely when it comes down to health issues, you want to make sure that everything goes OK. The organization has taken a lot of responsibility on that, to make sure that John gets through it, the way it’s supposed to be.”
|08.14.15 at 4:49 pm ET|
“It’s localized. It’s highly curable and I am extremely fortunate to be with not only people with the Red Sox, but access to MGH and all the world class talent that can handle this over at MGH,” Farrell said. “It’s been a surreal four or five days. I never had one symptom before the notification of it. No fatigue. No night sweats, loss of weight, obviously.”
“It’s been a shocker, but I take a step back and I am extremely, extremely fortunate to have caught this at this stage,” he added. “The mass was removed at the time of the hernia surgery.”
Farrell will begin chemotherapy early next week at Mass General Hospital and it is expected to last nine weeks.
The manager was emotional throughout the entire press conference, but paused and shed some tears when asked of the support from the players.
“In a way you live vicariously through their careers,” he said. “Yours is over. You try to help when you can with them and when they show that support …”
Torey Lovullo will manage the rest of the season. Farrell expects to be back with the team during spring training next spring.
“The thing that is going to suck is not being around in this capacity,” he said. “I know that there are other ways that I can stay actively involved and that will be a really needed diversion going through this.”
|08.14.15 at 3:32 pm ET|
Hanley Ramirez will miss his fifth straight game and Jackie Bradley Jr. will get the start in left field, while Rusney Castillo will play right field and bat fifth.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Joe Kelly.
Here is a complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Rusney Castillo, RF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Travis Shaw, 1B
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley, LF
Joe Kelly, RHP
|08.14.15 at 12:22 pm ET|
The Red Sox have a lot to figure out by Opening Day 2016. While the team fields auditions from young players over the remainder of the season, one of the biggest holes to fill is on the right side of the infield at first base.
The Hanley Ramirez experiment in left field has been unsuccessful, and Ramirez remains unsure about potentially moving to first base.
“I don’t know about that yet. I don’t know about first base,” Ramirez said after Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins. “I’m an employee here and I just want to win. I came here to win. I’m not saying I’m not playing there, and I’m not saying I’m playing there. It’s just way too far ahead to be thinking about that. This season isn’t over yet.”
Other options for the Sox, according to Bradford, include trading for a first baseman or starting Travis Shaw, who has performed well since being called up to the Red Sox. The team could also explore the possibility of moving catcher Blake Swihart to first once catcher Christian Vazquez returns from Tommy John surgery.
|08.14.15 at 11:40 am ET|
The Sox remain in the cellar of the American League East and the entire AL, owning a 50-64 record and .439 win percentage. The Blue Jays are winners of 11 straight and are new division leaders, sitting 13 games ahead of the Sox.
The Red Sox have been better while playing in the friendly confines of Fenway, where the team owns a more mediocre 27-28 record. On the season in full, the Sox have a minus-75 run differential, which is the worst in the AL and third worst in all of baseball.
The Red Sox are not the only team to yield disappointing on-field results this season. The signing of slugger Nelson Cruz (among other offseason moves) looked to put the Mariners in a position to contend. Instead, the tea M’s have fallen flat in a manner not unlike the team on Yawkey Way.
Seattle has a 54-61 record, placing it fourth in the AL West. The Mariners are eight games behind the division-leading Astros and have won seven of their last 10 contests, including a Hisashi Iwakuma no-hitter on Wednesday.
Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon was cautiously optimistic about the team’s momentum and the rest of the Mariners’ season after Iwakuma’s no-no.
“If you look at this club since the All-Star Break we’re playing real good baseball,” McClendon said. “Probably should have won three out of four in Minnesota. Took the series in Colorado and we won our last three series in a row. So we’re starting to pick it up. This type of game only helps.”
|08.14.15 at 10:08 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-75): L, 3-2, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— RHP Shawn Haviland pitched into the eighth inning in his second Pawtucket start since being acquired by Boston earlier this month, but he took the loss with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO (104 pitches, 66 strikes). Haviland (4-7, 4.32 ERA) allowed two runs in the first on three singles but recovered to pitch six scoreless innings as he scattered just a hit, two walks and a hit batsman over his next 20 batters faced. However, in a 2-2 game in the eighth, Haviland allowed back-to-back singles and was removed for RHP Noe Ramirez, who allowed the go-ahead RBI single with Haviland’s inherited runner scoring.
A Harvard graduate, the 29-year-old Haviland was acquired by Boston earlier this month in a trade with Colorado for cash considerations after making 19 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Charlotte and compiling a 4-5 record with a 4.19 ERA over 77 1/3 innings. In his first start with the PawSox, the 6-foot-2 Haviland allowed four earned runs over five innings, walking two and striking out two.
— The Pawtucket offense had nine hits, all singles, and finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Pawtucket tied the game 2-2 in the third inning on an RBI ground out from third baseman Carlos Rivero, scoring first baseman Matt Spring, and an RBI single from catcher Sandy Leon, scoring shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com).
Rivero, 27, finished 2-for-5 in his third game with Pawtucket since being reacquired by Boston from Seattle for cash considerations. He also struck out to end the game with the potential tying run on second base in the top of the ninth.
Center fielder Quintin Berry also had two hits, going 2-for-4 with a successful sacrifice bunt to improve to 4-for-12 over his last three games, and DH Marco Hernandez (Boston’s No. 23 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 but struck out to end the third inning with the bases loaded.
— Pawtucket has lost 11 games in a row, two shy of a club record set in 1985. The PawSox also have dropped 14 of 16, and 22 of 26 overall, with a 6-36 mark since June 29.
— Reliever Jorge Marban was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Marban made 24 appearances with the Sea Dogs, going 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 33 innings of work, with 26 strikeouts and 22 walks.
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