|Red Sox Sunday early notes: Iglesias hobbled; prospects threw in ‘B’ game||03.11.12 at 2:07 pm ET|
SARASOTA, Fla. — The spring sensation will be on hiatus.
Jose Iglesias, whose defensive dynamism has made him perhaps the most intriguing Red Sox player to watch this spring, is expected to be out of games through Wednesday’s off-day. The 22-year-old was supposed to make the trip to Sarasota on Sunday morning to play a “B” game against the Orioles, but instead he was scratched and skipped the trip while dealing with what manager Bobby Valentine described as “a little stiff groin.”
“I believe it’s his left, and if it’s not, it’s his right,” said Valentine. “Call it a hunch.”
Valentine said that Iglesias incurred the injury last Monday, but only mentioned it to team trainers on Saturday. Unsurprisingly, the Sox plan to take a conservative approach to his return.
“I’m going to see how it is when he comes tomorrow. I have the inclination to not play him through the off day, unless he’s perfect,” said Valentine. “He’s a kid who has great desire, and right now I’m not going to let it get any worse. That’s for sure.”
Iglesias is 3-for-10 with a triple and walk in Grapefruit League play.
– Mike Aviles is tied for the team lead in innings played at 28, and all of them have come at shortstop. Asked for his impressions of the leading candidate to be the Sox’ Opening Day shortstop, Valentine suggested that in a “real small sample defensively, he looks OK. Offensively, he looks very aggressive, as advertised, and he hits the ball to all fields with authority.”
Aviles is 5-for-13 with no walks, no strikeouts and one double this spring.
– The Red Sox lost an early morning “B” game to the Orioles, 4-1. Two pitchers who struggled in their first outings of the spring, Alex Wilson and Chris Carpenter, both enjoyed nice bounceback games in an environment bereft of adrenaline.
Wilson threw two innings and allowed one run on two hits, striking out one and walking none. Of his 26 pitches, 16 were strikes.
“Just much more in command,” Valentine said of Sunday’s performance, as compared to his previous outing on Tuesday, in which Wilson allowed four runs on five hits. “Last time, it looked like he was a little outside of himself. This time he was in full control. Threw his breaking ball first pitch for strikes, threw his fastball down in the zone.”
Carpenter likewise allowed four runs in an inning-plus of work in his first Grapefruit League inning on Thursday, but the hard-throwing right-hander rebounded with two perfect innings in which he punched out two while throwing 27 pitches, 16 strikes.
Left-hander Drake Britton allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one in his two innings of work, while reliever Chorye Spoone allowed two runs on two hits, two walks and a homer in two innings. Spoone also struck out two.
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