|08.15.15 at 12:10 am ET|
It was a difficult game for everyone in the Red Sox organization.
Although the Red Sox blew out the Mariners 15-1 Friday night, that wasn’t the story — the story was their manager John Farrell announcing to the team and the world that he has stage one lymphoma and he will not manage the rest of the season.
Bench coach Torey Lovullo will take over.
Lovullo, one of Farrell’s closest friends, was misty-eyed when he spoke for the first time following the game.
“We as group have been walking around with a heavy heart today,” Lovullo said. “Our leader, our friend and our manager shared some pretty devastating news with us today. We had just about every emotion you possibly can. It was capped off with a lot of excitement in the dugout. These guys did that for John. They went out played hard and with a ton of energy for John.”
The 50-year-old said Farrell told him Thursday night and was able to help him process the news. Lovullo said he didn’t sleep much Thursday night and then Farrell told the team on Friday. His overriding message was he will take care of his business and the team should take care of theirs on the field.
“Something that I’ll never forget. You hear those words — those three words and they shock you for a moment,” Lovullo said. “Seem to put everything in perspective. You set aside the wins and losses. Like I said, my friend, our manager, our leader is struggling. You can never get used to hearing those words. He stood up before the guys, composed himself and said, ‘This is my story. I don’t want to be the story. I don’t want to be a distraction.’ That’s just a classic John Farrell moment — make it about the guys.
“That’s kind of what his message was today. You got and do this — I’ll take care of my business, you take care of your’s. That was the basic idea.”
|08.14.15 at 11:50 pm ET|
Following manager John Farrell‘s announcement of having stage one lymphoma, the team released a statement late Friday night. It reads:
Our thoughts and prayers are with John and his family at this time.
We are heartened by the news that this form of cancer is highly treatable and by the knowledge that the quality of care he will be receiving is second to none.
We also know that John and his family are comforted by the outpouring of love and support coming from the entire Red Sox community.
For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.
|08.14.15 at 10:43 pm ET|
After averaging 5.9 runs a game during their last homestand, the Red Sox offense picked up where they left off — and then some.
Led by the middle of their order, the Red Sox rolled to a 15-1 win over the Mariners. The win snapped a two-game losing streak and the 15 runs were a season-high.
The Red Sox scored early and often, led by a six-run third inning to take a 9-1 lead at the time.
Rusney Castillo hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Travis Shaw hit a two-run home run in the third inning as the two big hits to get things started.
Shaw would later add a solo homer to lead off the eighth for his second multi-homer game of the season — his last coming August 1.
Brock Holt had a two-run triple in the third plating the eighth and ninth runs, while Mookie Betts added an RBI triple in the fifth. As a team they had 11 extra-base hits and 21 hits overall, which are also a season-high.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and has now hit safely in four straight games. Pablo Sandoval also had a three-hit night, including two doubles.
Red Sox starter Joe Kelly struggled early on, allowing a run while throwing 31 pitches in the first inning, but settled down nicely and even made it through six innings.
The right-hander went six innings allowing one run on four hits, while walking two and striking out six. He’s now won three games in a row for the first time since the very end of last season.
Craig Breslow tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth before Jean Machi threw a scoreless ninth.
Betts also made a tremendous leaping catch against the Green Monster in left-center to end the third inning robbing Robinson Cano of extra bases.
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
|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
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