Morning notes: Dan Butler, Rich Hill, Dalier Hinojosa sent down; Jon Lester to stay away from Orioles
|03.23.14 at 10:10 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox made a few roster moves Sunday morning in preparation of getting the regulars more playing time heading into the last week of spring training.
The Sox reassigned pitchers Rich Hill and Dalier Hinojosa to minor league camp, while catcher Dan Butler was optioned to Triple-A.
Hill has been impressive since arriving in camp after the death of his newborn son, not allowing a run in any of his three outings. The lefty does have an opt-out May 15.
“I thought he did a great job of somewhat catching up to speed under the difficult circumstances he came into camp under,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “And we just, it’s going to take a little more time to get back to the arm strength that we typically know him at, to have. Innings are starting to dry up a little more now that the starters are getting deeper. That was the move made.”
Hinojosa, who didn’t pitch at all in 2013 while executing his defection from Cuba, had somewhat of a rocky spring. The 28-year-old allowed eight runs on 14 hits over 8 1/3 innings.
“Impressed from the standpoint of what he was exposed to. much more structure and detailed that he’s come into in this camp,” Farrell said. “You marvel at a guy coming into a new culture, particularly with the way he got here. different baseball world. He’s got very good physical abilities. We’re going to send him to Pawtucket to pitch out of the bullpen there. if the need were to come up, he would best be suited to pitch in shorter stints out of the bullpen. Feel for three pitches. Not having pitched all last year because of the process he went through, he needs some time and some innings.”
Butler continued to impress, putting himself in position to crack the majors if the need arises, according to Farrell.
“Had a good feel for what he is,” Farrell said. “Continues to show that every time he walks in the field. As we mentioned to him on the way out, if the need were to arise, we’ve got one of three catchers we feel are a foul tip away to come up and replace someone if that need were to happen so Daniel is clearly in that mix.”
– Because he is slated to face the Orioles on Opening Day, March 31, Farrell opted to not have the lefty make his last scheduled start vs. Baltimore Wednesday. Instead the starter will appear in a minor league game. The same goes for Jake Peavy, who won’t pitch in the major league game Monday against the Rays in Port Charlotte.
– Craig Breslow‘s first spring training outing also won’t be against major leaguers, with the reliever joining Peavy in a minor league game, Monday. Part of the reason for Breslow not appearing in the big league game is due so the team could retroactively put him on the 15-day disabled list to March 22 (which wouldn’t be possible if he played in front of a paying crowd.
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