|08.05.16 at 7:29 pm ET|
Major League Baseball is investigating whether the San Diego Padres shared all relevant medical information on Drew Pomeranz with the Red Sox before dealing him to Boston for top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The story says MLB is taking a look at that deal, as well as another made with the Marlins that resulted in injured starter Colin Rea being returned to San Diego after just four innings in Miami because of an injury.
The story goes on to say the Red Sox do not plan to seek any reparations from the Padres, nor do they plan to try to reverse the deal for Pomeranz, who is winless in four starts with Boston. On Thursday, he took a no-decision in a 3-2 win over the Mariners, walking a career-high six batters.
The report also says the Red Sox have become aware of “medical information with Pomeranz” that was not properly disclosed before the trade.
|08.05.16 at 11:52 am ET|
In case you forgot, Teixeira still represents one of the few free agents the Red Sox actually wanted and didn’t get. It was after the 2008 season that the then 28-year-old chose the Yankees offer of eight years at $180 million over the Sox’ comparable proposal.
Immediately after losing out on Teixeira — who had last played for the Angels before the Yanks thanks to midseason trade — the Red Sox front office immediately sounded the siren, letting all of those within earshot that missing out of the first baseman wasn’t the end of the world because there was a future star first baseman almost ready for major league action: Lars Anderson.
Teixeira, however, continued to be a sore subject for the Red Sox. That was evident when, after a Sox June 11 win over New York, Sox owner John Henry took to Twitter to take a not-so-subtle jab at the first baseman and his new team.
the MT curse?
— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) June 12, 2009
The sensitivity only amped up after Teixeira finished second in the American League MVP voting in his first year in New York on the way to a World Series championship for the Yankees.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox were surviving without Teixeira, as Kevin Youkilis managed to finish sixth in the A.L. MVP voting in ’09. Two years later, Adrian Gonzalez with the Red Sox after the Sox finally jumped ship from the Lars Anderson dream. (The big lefty hitter would be dealt at the 2012 non-waiver trade deadline for a pitcher named Steven Wright.)
In fact, over the first three seasons of Teixeira’s contract with the Yankees the Red Sox’ first basemen outproduced New York at the position (.888 OPS vs. .863 OPS). Still, during that time, Teixeira was still getting MVP votes while never playing fewer than 156 games.
But starting in 2012, the injuries started piling up on Teixeira and all of a sudden the Red Sox were able to finally pound their chests about not possessing the contract. The Red Sox won a World Series with a $13 million-a-year first baseman in Mike Napoli in 2013, a season in which the Yankees starting first baseman only played 15 games.
The last two seasons, both teams have been chasing certainty at first base. Teixeira did manage an .803 OPS with 53 home runs over that span, but never played in 123 games in 2014 and 111 games a year ago. Thanks mostly to the struggles of Napoli, the Red Sox’ first basemen were 24th overall in OPS from 2014-15.
Now Teixeira is announcing his retirement after struggling for most of this season while continuing to battle injuries, with the Yankees’ first basemen dead last in OPS. The Red Sox are 15th overall in OPS at the position, with some viable options for the future of the position if Hanley Ramirez morphs into a designated hitter.
Now that it’s almost all said and done, the Red Sox’ first baseman have totaled an .814 OPS since the beginning of 2009, with the Yankees coming in at .793.
And the now-28-year-old Lars? He’s hitting .279 with a .795 OPS with the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate in Tulsa.
|08.05.16 at 11:27 am ET|
Here’s a look at what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (58-54): W, 3-1, at Rochester (Twins)
— The Rochester pitchers had no answer for Rusney Castillo. Castillo went 4-for-4 with an opposite-field RBI triple and a run scored. Rochester pitchers being unable to retire Castillo has been a theme throughout the three-game series, as Castillo has gone 9-for-14 over the last three days. Since July 27, Castillo is 16-for-33 (.485). During Castillo’s hot streak his batting average has risen from .233 to .257. The 29-year-old Cuban is hitting .257/.299/.342 in 76 games with Pawtucket.
— Brian Johnson turned in his second consecutive strong start., pitching six innings and allowing just one run, three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. In his last two starts (12 innings), Johnson has given up just one run. The 25-year-old lefty is 4-4 in 10 starts with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP for Pawtucket.
— Heath Hembree earned his fifth save of the year by striking out the side in the ninth. Hembree has dominated in Triple-A, striking out 16 of the 30 batters he has faced while getting out 23 of the last 24 hitters he has seen. Hembree was demoted to Pawtucket on July 24. With Boston, Hembree was 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 27 games.
|08.05.16 at 9:09 am ET|
When Blake Swihart severely sprained his ankle in June, the Red Sox initially feared the injury would be season-ending.
It looks like their fears may be coming true.
Swihart has suffered a setback in his rehab, according to the team, and will visit Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist, on Friday in Charlotte for a second opinion.
The hope a week ago had been that Swihart would be able to begin a rehab assignment in the next few days, but that’s not going to happen, and with the season in its final two months, the odds of the young catcher-turned-outfielder returning this year grow increasingly distant.
Swihart twisted his ankle gruesomely when colliding awkwardly with the side wall in Fenway Park’s left field on June 4 against Toronto. He’s hitting .258 in 19 games.
|08.05.16 at 8:33 am ET|
The Red Sox will complete the final leg of their West Coast road trip with a three-game series vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles. To start the series on Friday night, the Sox will call upon knuckleballer Steven Wright with the Dodgers sending Scott Kazmir to the hill.
Wright is 12-5 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.242 WHIP. On Sunday, Wright pitched five innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits (all singles) and two walks with five strikeouts in a 5-3 win over the Angels. Wright was able to keep the Angels off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when he gave up three runs. Wright has struggled in the fifth inning this year. In 19 2/3 fifth innings pitched he has allowed 14 runs.
Wright has never faced the Dodgers. Against the National League, Wright is 2-0 in four games (three starts) with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.500 WHIP. Wright’s last interleague start came in May against Colorado. In that outing, Wright went seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned), seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
|08.05.16 at 3:08 am ET|
It wasn’t easy, but the Red Sox got their split in Seattle.
Brock Holt’s single off the glove of diving shortstop Shawn O’Malley in the 11th inning drove in the go-ahead run and Brad Ziegler stranded a runner at third to save it as the Red Sox held on for a 3-2 victory that draws them even at 4-4 on their road trip as they move on to Los Angeles to close it out with three games against the Dodgers.
Holt, who entered the game as a pinch hitter for Bryce Brentz in the seventh, won it after Travis Shaw led off the 11th with a single and was sacrificed to second. Holt’s grounder up the middle might not have scored Shaw, but O’Malley deflected it on the dive, slowing it down just enough to guarantee the run crossed home.
Until that point, it looked like another frustrating night for the Red Sox, who blew a 2-0 lead before advancing to extras.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz, acquired to settle the back of the rotation, proved hard to hit but struggled to find the plate. He limited the Mariners to four hits, but still surrendered 10 baserunners by walking a career-high six. He departed after allowing two runs in six innings.
Missed opportunities have marked this road trip, and the Red Sox got an early start by loading the bases with one out in the first without scoring.
The Mariners returned the favor in the fourth when Pomeranz walked the bases loaded.
The Red Sox struck first on Shaw’s solo homer in the second. They pushed their lead to 2-0 in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Bryce Brentz and Mookie Betts.
|08.04.16 at 11:57 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the minors on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-54): L, 3-2, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— A second-inning RBI ground out proved to be the difference in the PawSox’ loss Wednesday night. After each team scored a pair of runs in the first inning, the Twins added the aforementioned run in the second and proceeded to hold on the remainder of the game.
— In the final four innings alone, Pawtucket stranded nine men on base.
— PawSox starter Henry Owens went five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits with seven strikeouts and four walks. He also allowed a first inning home run to Wilfredo Tovar. The 24-year-old lefty is now 6-6 this season with a 4.06 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Opposing batters are hitting .222 against him.
— Lead off hitter Rusney Castillo had a solid night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. The 29-year-old Cuban is hitting .247 in Pawtucket this season.
— Marco Hernandez, Chris Marrero and Chris Dominguez each had a pair of hits.
|08.04.16 at 8:24 am ET|
Thursday’s Red Sox-Mariners series finale will feature Drew Pomeranz vs. newly acquired M’s left-hander Ariel Miranda.
Pomeranz is 8-9 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.135 WHIP. Since being traded to the Red Sox from the Padres in July, Pomeranz is 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA and a 1.674 WHIP in three starts. Last Saturday, Pomeranz pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in a 9-8 loss to the Angels. With the Padres, Pomeranz only gave up five or more runs twice in 17 starts.
“The first [start with the Red Sox] wasn’t me, having a lot of time off and a lot of things going on,” Pomeranz said afterward. “Last one was more of myself, I feel like. And tonight I made a bad pitch to Pujols, walked a couple guys. But overall I felt like I did a decent job.”
In 11 career appearances (two starts) against the Mariners, Pomeranz has posted a 1.21 ERA and a 0.493 WHIP. Pomeranz last faced Seattle in a relief appearance last September, while a member of the Athletics. In one inning of work Pomeranz allowed one hit. The last time Pomeranz made a start against Seattle was in April of 2015. In that outing, the 27-year-old southpaw pitched seven strong innings, allowing no runs, only two hits and no walks with six strikeouts.
|08.04.16 at 7:00 am ET|
1. With Andrew Benintendi being promoted to the Red Sox this week, the next question is when will it be Yoan Moncada’s turn?
The two are a little different as Benintendi was a two-year college player, while Moncada just came to the United States from Cuba last year. The second baseman also needs to likely begin playing another position — which he already has started by getting pregame work at third base and in the outfield — so there will be some time before he’s in Boston, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen this year.
A likely scenario is Moncada gets promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket in the very near future and then once major league rosters expand in September, Moncada could get his first taste of the big leagues. It’s also unlikely he gets any meaningful every day playing time, but the Red Sox could use his speed as a pinch-runner off the bench.
It’s worth mentioning president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked in Seattle this week about that being a possibility and he said he doubted it would work out that way, but it’s still over a month away and a lot can change between now and then.
It just wouldn’t make sense to have a player like Moncada and his speed not used to the Red Sox’ benefit.
The Red Sox were 11th in baseball in stolen bases going into Wednesday, stealing 63 bases and Moncada alone has 44 in 54 attempts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland this year. Last year he stole 49 bases in 81 games with Single-A Greenville.
As it stands now, Moncada has the most stolen bases at any level in the Red Sox’ organization this season and by a good margin as the next highest is Danny Mars’ 27 with High-A Salem.
“His first step is unbelievable on the bases and defensively,” Portland manager Carlos Febles said to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford of what makes him such a good base stealer in addition to pure speed. “He’s a beast.”
|08.04.16 at 1:43 am ET|
Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez went the Marshawn Lynch route with reporters in Seattle following a 3-1 loss to the Mariners when asked about his sprained left wrist.
“I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” Ramirez joked three times before turning serious on the subject of his wrist, which the team says he sprained after slipping on the dugout steps following Tuesday’s loss to the Mariners.
Ramirez, who reportedly sported a brace on Wednesday, reiterated the diagnosis of day-to-day and said he even hopes to play on Thursday, if the wrist will allow it.
“I’m just day to day,” he told reporters. “We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. If I feel good, I’ll be in the lineup.”
Asked what happened, Ramirez provided minimal detail.
“I just slipped,” he told reporters. “Going down the steps and I don’t know what happened . . . It’s never happened to me before. Just one step and I went down.”
He added that he doesn’t have much swelling, “but it’s just sore all the way around.”
Ramirez said that he received X-rays and an MRI, neither of which revealed any structural damage. So now he’s icing, receiving treatment, and hoping to rejoin the lineup as soon as possible.
“I want to be back in the lineup,” he said. “That’s what I’m here for. It’s no fun when you’re watching the game from the bench. It’s not me. I’ll go back and do whatever it takes to get ready.”
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