|Red Sox make five cuts from big league camp||03.12.13 at 9:30 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — With games scheduled to begin on Wednesday in minor league camp, the Red Sox either optioned or reassigned a number of players from major league camp. They are:
MEMBERS OF THE 40-MAN ROSTER WHO WERE OPTIONED
RHP Steven Wright: Wright got off to a strong start, outpitching fellow knuckleballer R.A. Dickey against the Blue Jays with a pair of scoreless innings in which he struck out three. In three subsequent appearances, however, he gave up seven runs in 5 1/3 innings while walking seven and striking out just three. He didn’t give up much hard contact, but the ability to throw strikes consistently will remain a focal point for a purveyor of one of the most fickle pitches in the sport.
OF Alex Hassan: Did not play while recovering from a foot fracture. Hassan has resumed running and baseball activities, and hopes to be able to play in games later in the week.
NON-ROSTER INVITEES WHO WERE REASSIGNED TO MINOR LEAGUE CAMP
1B Mark Hamilton: 3-for-19, 2B, 4 BB, .158/.304/.211/.515. Showed huge raw power in batting practice but that never translated into games this spring. Even so, he represents an interesting depth option for the Sox given that he has a minor league track record of demonstrated power and patience, and he’s left-handed in an organization that features few power bats who hit from that side of the plate.
OF Jeremy Hazelbaker: 5-for-14, 2 2B, 2 BB, .357/.438/.500. Offensively, it was a solid showing for Hazelbaker, who continues to represent a fascinating combination of power (he’s averaged 16 homers a year over the last three seasons in the minors) and speed (he’s averaged 49 steals per year over that same span). He’ll be tested in Triple-A this year to see if he can refine his plate approach in a fashion that will allow him to hold his own against pitchers with advanced secondary arsenals. He also must continue to refine his outfield defense, as he alternated terrific plays with misreads and misplays in the two corners.
OF Juan Carlos Linares: 8-for-22, HR, 2B, BB, .364/.375/.545. He can hit. Spring training seems particularly well suited for a player like Linares — an aggressive swinger who can smoke fastballs — to put up big numbers, and that he did. Still, after hitting .297 but with just a .321 OBP last year in 52 games in Pawtucket, he’ll need to show greater discipline if he’s to put himself in consideration as a right-handed outfield depth option. Also of note: Whereas Linares played all three outfield positions in past spring trainings, this year, he played only the two outfield corners; the decreased versatility from the large-framed 28-year-old suggests a potential decrease in his potential avenues to impact the big league roster.
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