Red Sox notes: Steven Wright to start Monday; Noe Ramirez makes his return; Mike Trout equals Bo Jackson?
|07.18.15 at 8:11 pm ET|
Manager John Farrell announced prior to this team’s game Saturday night against the Angels that Steven Wright would be getting the start in the series finale Monday night.
It will be the second time this season Wright has pitched against the Angels, having turned in a 6 1/3-inning outing May 23 at Fenway Park in which he surrendered two runs on four hits while getting the win.
In his four starts this season with the Red Sox, Wright has compiled a 3.91 ERA, totaling 23 innings, 12 strikeouts and three walks.
“Even at the time when he was optioned out he was throwing the ball well and the choice was to go with Joe Kelly at the time,” Farrell said. “But with our approach to keep Justin Masterson in the bullpen, Steven was the next guy to come to us and will.”
The knuckleballer last pitched July 12, allowing four runs over seven innings for Triple-A Pawtucket against Lehigh Valley. In eight starts for the PawSox this season, Wright’s ERA stands at 3.81.
– Farrell also offered an update on the progress of Joe Kelly, who allowed two runs over five innings Friday night. Kelly has a 2.84 ERA in four starts with Pawtucket, striking out 18 and walking six.
“First two innings were efficient, powerful,” the manager said. “The last three innings, the pitch count climbed, more deep counts. But all in all, he pitched into right-handers more effectively, which was part of the intention when we sent him out to build that into his game. But powerful stuff. but a lot of foul balls in deep counts the last three innings.”
The manager noted that if it was determined that Kelly should be transitioned to the bullpen, he wouldn’t need time at Pawtucket to adjust the role considering he served as a reliever for 30 games with St. Louis after spending his entire college career in the bullpen.
One reason the Red Sox may currently be hesitant to move Kelly out of his role is due to the team’s lack of starting depth with the promotion of Brian Johnson and Wright, along with Clay Buchholz‘ elbow injury.
– One reliever who did get the call back to the majors is Noe Ramirez, who pitched in one big league game — July 3 against Houston — before being shipped back out to Pawtucket.
In the outing against the Astros, Ramirez took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits while pitching the 10th inning.
Ramirez takes the place of Travis Shaw, who was sent back to Triple-A.
“I dont know if it’s swing and miss, it’s just a contrast of styles,” Farrell said of the right-hander. “The arm slot is unique to the other guys in the bullpen and there’s a fit, particularly when you get into more heavily right-handed laden lineups. We have that here this series, there’s a spot particularly in the middle of the order where Houston is and Detroit on top of that. There will be some right-handed hitting lineups that the additional right-hander we’re seeking to spread out the workload. He’s a candidate for that.”
– Comparing Mike Trout‘s skill-set is a tall task these days. But Farrell still gave it a try …
“He’s unique in a way,” the manager said. “You see a guy that’s that strong, that explosive. He didn’t play two sports, but when you think about Bo Jackson and that type of baseball player, he’s got a lot of similar skills.”
– For the first time since heading out to San Francisco in 2013, the Red Sox will fly the same day as their game, leaving for Houston Tuesday morning.
“The tradeoff is you get into the next city at six in the morning, and you start to weigh, is it best to sleep then? You’re not going to sleep much on a plane in a pressurized cabin,” Farrell said. “There’s a number of effects on the body.”
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