|08.11.16 at 8:49 pm ET|
Back in 2007, Ellsbury was the 22-year-old outfielder dropped into the middle of a pennant race while experiencing his first foray into Major League Baseball.
As the Yankees’ outfielder said before Thursday night’s game, “it’s a third of [his] lifetime” ago. But he can still offer Benintendi some advice when it comes to living such a life.
“Enjoy it because it happens quick,” said Ellsbury in regards to what he might suggest to the new Red Sox’ left fielder. “Just enjoy it. Listen to the veterans. Just enjoy the whole proess. Go out there, prepare, play hard and be yourself.
“It just happens so fast. You get called up and you’re just trying to play hard, help the team win and do everything you can. It happens quick. For him it’s 1 1/2 months and if they make the postseason we’ll see. You can’t look ahead or think about if they’re going to put you on the postseason roster. Even on the minor league roster, you can’t look ahead. If you’re in A ball, you play ball in A ball. That’s all you can do in the environment you’re in.”
Ellsbury — who, like Benintendi, wasn’t in major league spring training leading into his rookie year — first reached the majors on June 30, 2007. One of the Sox’ first-round picks from the 2005 draft spent only about a week in the big leagues before being sent to Triple-A.
Ellsbury returned to the Red Sox for one game in August before returning for September, when he spent the final month of the regular season all of a sudden playing on an everyday basis due to an injury to Manny Ramirez. By the end of September, the Oregon State product had hit .353 with a .902 OPS in 33 major league games. In four World Series starts, he hit .438 with a 1.188 OPS.
“I just looked at is as I’m a ballplayer and I was coming here to play and help the team win, even in the major leagues,” he said. “It’s the same game. Obviously as a young kid coming into the clubhouse, I’m sure he’s watched these guys play his whole life. Watched them on TV. Watched David. Watched Dustin. It’s an exciting time for him. When I got called up I was in awe of the players.
“It was such a veteran team. I knew every single player. It wasn’t like they had to introduce themselves to me. I knew everybody from being a fan of baseball in general. I’m sure it’s the same way for him. But it’s still the game, so you go and try and help the team win.”
While the two outfielders’ scenarios are slightly different, with Benintendi not having the luxury of full year in the minor leagues before being called up like Ellsbury did, the path from the minors to the postseason in one year appears to be potentially lining up.
When it was all said and done in 2007, Ellsbury found himself as the starting center fielder throughout the Red Sox’ 2007 World Series sweep of Colorado, having begun his season in Double-A Portland.
“The goal as a kid is to get to the big leagues. That’s really it. You work hard and you just want to do well. I didn’t look beyond it,” Ellsbury said. “I was just in the moment, just trying to play as well as I could. It was the same game. Have fun, play hard.”
|08.11.16 at 5:57 pm ET|
Prior to Thursday’s matchup between the Red Sox and the Yankees, manager John Farrell gave the latest injury updates on both David Ortiz and Mookie Betts.
Farrell said he got a text from Ortiz this morning saying that the slugger was good to go after fouling a ball of his shin at the end of Wednesday night’s 9-4 loss to New York. Farrell said it was a “pleasant surprise” to know that his designated hitter would be able to play in Thursday’s game.
“David being available to us is obviously big for our offense, for our team,” Farrell said. “He reached out to me probably around mid-morning to say that he was good to go for tonight. The way he came off the field last night, it was certainly in question. I think he understands where we are in the season, in the standings, the time of the year, the necessity of him being in our lineup. He’s good enough.”
Farrell went on about the toughness shown by Ortiz, who has been hobbled with injuries almost all season.
“I think not only do you appreciate it, but it speaks volumes,” Farrell said. “This is someone who’s been here a long time, he understands what winning is, he understands the expectations that we and our fans have. The ability to get on the field when he’s been less than 100 percent which has been almost every game this year says a lot about David Ortiz.”
The news was not as positive for Betts, who came out of Wednesday’s loss after dealing with calf soreness. Farrell said Betts would not play at all Thursday and remains day-to-day.
“Mookie’s still day-to-day, he’s got some soreness, still in a cast, he would need today to just have a full treatment day.” Farrell said.
|08.11.16 at 5:55 pm ET|
David Ortiz dodged a bullet.
The Red Sox designated hitter shed some light on what he was feeling after fouling a ball off his shin on Wednesday night and needing to be helped off the field. The injury, which initially looked serious, subsided enough for Ortiz to rejoin the lineup for Thursday’s series finale with the Yankees.
“This morning I called [manager] John [Farrell] and I told him, ‘Don’t take me out of the lineup,'” Ortiz said.
Ortiz explained that after fouling balls off his leg twice this week, he felt swollen and numb.
“The thing is, the night before, I fouled off a ball off my calf and then last night, the same thing, right on the same spot, and last night I kind of lost feeling in my leg so that’s why I had to be carried off the field,” Ortiz said. “X-rays were negative. I was pretty swelled up. But I took some medication last night, some stuff, and it went down, I’d say, 30 percent.”
Ortiz didn’t consider sitting out, especially since he has already announced this will be his final season.
“We’ve got 50 games,” he said. “We’ve got to grind out there. We’ve got to keep on fighting. . . . Right now, you’ve got to bring to the table everything you’ve got. I know I’m a big person in the lineup and you guys know me, if I can go, I go.”
Ortiz is thankful he didn’t break anything. X-rays on Wednesday night came back negative.
“You don’t want to find out you have any broken bones or anything like that,” he said. “It would be the end of the season if you had a broken bone at this time. Thank God that wasn’t the case.”
|08.11.16 at 3:44 pm ET|
After giving Red Sox fans a scare when he fouled a ball off his shin in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s 9-4 loss to the Yankees, David Ortiz will remain in the lineup for Thursday’s matchup with New York.
Mookie Betts, however, has been giving the night off after dealing with soreness in his right calf during Wednesday’s loss. Betts is currently listed as day-to-day.
Here is the Red Sox’ batting order against New York right-hander Michael Pineda:
Bradley Jr. CF
Click here for the matchups with Eduardo Rodriguez on the hill for the Red Sox.
|08.11.16 at 3:30 pm ET|
With Clay Buchholz scheduled to start on Saturday and the bullpen depleted, the Red Sox made a pair of roster moves before Thursday’s series finale with the Yankees.
The Red Sox recalled left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned outfielder Bryce Brentz to Triple-A.
Elias is 8-4 with a 3.72 ERA in the minors in 17 appearances (15 starts). He went 0-1 with a 15.88 ERA in two appearances with the Red Sox.
Brentz, meanwhile, hit .279 with a .690 OPS in 25 games with the Red Sox. His departure makes Andrew Benintendi the full-time left fielder.
The Red Sox will likely be playing with a short roster against the Yankees. DH David Ortiz (shin) and right fielder Mookie Betts (calf) each left Wednesday’s loss with injuries and are considered day to day.
|08.11.16 at 1:29 pm ET|
It was the moment most were looking forward to at some point this week, when Alex Rodriguez entered a game at Fenway Park. Hence, the chants of “We want A-Rod!” throughout the first 15 innings of the three-game series against the Yankees.
And here it was: Rodriguez entering the game as a seventh-inning pinch-hitter.
Rodriguez predictably looks the part of a pinch-hitter just trying to do his part. He warms up like any other hitter. Consults teammate Brett Gardner before facing Matt Barnes. And then takes his .204 batting average to the right-handed hitters’ batter’s box.
Then he did it. The adjusting of the batting helmet.
— Pumpkin_Jokes.pdf (@Detroit_Dongs) August 11, 2016
Who adjusts their batting helmet that way? Our good friend Batting Stance Guy has made a career of pointing out that everybody has their idiosyncracies. Derek Jeter called timeout with his wrists. Jacoby Ellsbury nods in agreement to strike calls. David Ortiz spitting on his hands. The list goes on.
But this just seemed like something not done by a baseball player I enjoy watching play baseball.
I’ve always believed Rodriguez to be one of the most talented players we’ve ever watched a participated in Major League Baseball, performance-enhancing drugs or not. But even on the field there was always something. He was always just a little off.
Slapping Bronson Arroyo’s glove. Calling for a pop-up in Toronto when running the bases. Sliding in late for no apparent reason. It’s like he purported himself as the ultimate instinctive human being, and then was just the opposite.
We know about the lying. We know about the behind-the-scenes drama. We know about his love affair with his mirror. For me, all of that didn’t quite punctuate things until we were struck with that daintiest of helmet adjustments Wednesday night.
But that’s just me.
|08.11.16 at 11:08 am ET|
1. Red Sox first-round pick Jason Groome has been in Fort Myers for a few weeks now working towards making his eventual professional debut.
The 17-year-old has been working on the club’s throwing program, arm strengthening routines and general workouts with Goose Gregson, the Red Sox’ Latin American pitching coordinator and also one of the pitching coaches for the Red Sox’ Gulf Coast League squad.
Most recently Groome has been throwing bullpens, which have gone very well according to those who have seen them. The biggest question now is when the tall left-hander will make his professional debut?
According to a source, the plan is for him to throw in a couple of simulated games next week and then make his debut shortly after that. So, it’s getting closer.
After signing on July 15, it had been roughly two months since he appeared in a live game and after only logging 39 2/3 innings this spring, Groome had a lot of ramping back up to do. Being so young the Red Sox wanted to be extremely cautious with him.
The plan since he signed was to get him to short-season, Single-A Lowell for at least a start or two and with about three weeks left in the Spinners’ season, if all goes according to plan, Groome may get to do so.
2. Top prospect Yoan Moncada suffered a Grade 1 ankle sprain last Friday night and it was learned he would miss roughly a week of action. That timetable is still on track, as according to a source, he will be back in the lineup before the week is over. The injury likely pushed back any potential immediate promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket. This isn’t suggesting it won’t happen before the season is over, it just likely won’t be immediate.
In 34 games with Double-A Portland, the second baseman is batting .285 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. He’s beginning to get work at third base and in the outfield as it’s likely his future with the Red Sox is not at second base.
|08.11.16 at 10:01 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-54): W, 5-4, vs. Durham (Rays)
— The Marrero cousins both went deep. First, Deven parked a solo shot in the second with two outs. Then, Chris took Bulls starter Alex Cobb deep an inning later for a solo blast of his own. The victory marked the PawSox’ fifth straight home series win, the first time they’ve accomplished that in 12 years.
— Rusney Castillo, Marco Hernandez and Brennan Boesch each went 2-for-4, with Castillo and Hernandez each smacking a triple.
— Brian Johnson, while not tossing his best outing, kept the PawSox in the game over 6 1/3 innings. The Red Sox’ No. 7 prospect on MLB.com allowed eight hits and three runs while striking out two and walking one. The 25-year-old lefty is now 5-4 this season with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.
“After the first inning, [Johnson] was able to command his mix,” manager Kevin Boles said (via MiLB.com). “There were some late swings, some chase swings, and I thought he did a good job.”
— The bullpen was stout, with Joe Kelly coming in and getting the hold over 1 2/3 innings of work, allowing no runs, hits or walks while striking out a pair. Noe Ramirez got his fifth save of the year, allowing a home run while striking out three in his one inning pitched.
|08.11.16 at 8:39 am ET|
The Red Sox-Yankees series will conclude Thursday night at Fenway with the Sox sending Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound opposite right-hander Michael Pineda.
Rodriguez is 2-5 with a 5.93 ERA and a 1.561 WHIP in 11 starts. He was moved up to start in place of Steven Wright, who was scratched because of shoulder inflammation caused from diving into a base as a pinch runner during Saturday’s game against the Dodgers.
Rodriguez’s last start was that Saturday game in Los Angeles. He threw 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts in a 3-0 Sox loss. In his shortest outing since being called back to the big leagues on July 15, Rodriguez allowed the leadoff man to get on base in three of the five innings he pitched. The fifth inning proved to be Rodriguez’s undoing, as he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.
“He obviously fell behind in that fifth inning, and they were able to bunch some hits together,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “On a day when three runs seems like a large margin, it holds up.”
Rodriguez is 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 1.213 WHIP in five career starts against the Yankees. Rodriguez last faced the Yankees on July 16 when he threw seven innings, allowing one run, four hits and two walks with one strikeout.
|08.11.16 at 12:25 am ET|
Initial X-rays performed on David Ortiz’ right shin following Wednesday’s game were negative, according to the Red Sox.
Ortiz was helped off the field after fouling a ball off the midpoint of his right shin during a ninth-inning at-bat. John Farrell said after the game that Ortiz had been hit in that area twice in recent days.
President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in the clubhouse that Ortiz was feeling better after the game.
“He looks like he’s moving around pretty good right now considering how he was,” Dombrowski said. “Before, we had to carry him off, basically, but he’s now walking, he’s standing around on his own. It hit off him solid, but he’s doing much better.”
Ortiz declined to speak with reporters, saying he’d talk on Thursday. Dombrowski sounded relieved.
“My heart sunk a little bit when I saw it, but fortunately, I just saw him back there,” Dombrowski said. “He’s doing much better. I felt much better that he’s OK. No question.”
That wasn’t Boston’s only injury scare Wednesday, as Mookie Betts left the 9-4 loss to the Yankees prior to the eighth inning due to right calf tightness. Farrell said that Betts is day-to-day, but that he was doubtful for Thursday’s game.
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