|John Farrell offers updates on health of Shane Victorino, David Ross||05.22.13 at 3:33 pm ET|
“Shane is not in the lineup again tonight, but he’s gaining mobility,” Farrell told WEEI. “The soreness that he felt the other night after he came out of the game continues to subside, so he’s moving in the right direction, and hopefully, he’s back in our lineup soon.
“My view is it’s always going to be a game or two, and hopefully, that will be the case. I think the thing we have to balance here, as everyone well knows, is that over the past three weeks, it’s been on-again, off-again, and we need to continue to factor that in and not look to risk anything where, again, we’re looking at a day-to-day situation. I’m not saying the DL is imminent, but the fact is that he’s better today than he was two nights ago, which is all good news.
“Stephen Drew is back playing every day. He jarred the back on that headfirst slide on the double back in Minnesota. He is doing good there,” Farrell added. “David Ross, we’re hopeful he will be in Portland tomorrow to get some at-bats and … we’ll just have to go through the normal protocol with MLB when it comes to concussions. So there’s some lengthy paperwork as you might expect to get that taken care of. But we’re hopeful that he’ll be back for us during the Cleveland series.”
|John Farrell: Jacoby Ellsbury will remain in leadoff spot for now||05.22.13 at 3:28 pm ET|
Making his weekly appearance with “Salk & Holley” Wednesday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that struggling outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will remain in the leadoff spot “for the immediate time, right now.”
“I’m not going to say that that would be the case forever,” Farrell said. “But our goal is to get him going — it’s happened to him before where he was dropped down in the order to get his legs back underneath him and get him going. That has certainly not been ruled out. For now, he still remains in that leadoff spot.
“What I don’t want to do — and I mentioned this a number of times — I don’t want to go through a complete revamping, turning the lineup upside down and shifting two or three guys to the front of the order and replacing those guys in that six or seven slot area. Again, trying to get the highest on-base guys at the top of the order based on matchups as to how guys are going. Some people might point to Daniel Nava as a primary one- or two-hole hitter, but he’s done such a good job for us in that six-hole of driving in runs and hitting for power, plus getting on base … it’s not just ‘Hey, take this guy out of the slot and he becomes a different hitter just because we get him from the one-hole to the six- or seven-hole.'”
Farrell said Ellsbury has done his due diligence when it comes to trying to break out of his slump.
“There’s some inconsistency in timing, no doubt about it,” Farrell said. “It’s encouraging that last night, he gets on two times, one by a walk and one by a base hit up the middle. He’s working with Craig Colbrunn obviously — early work, extra BP. I don’t necessarily think … I know a lot of people are going to say ‘Well, he’s got pending free agency, and that’s the elephant in the room that’s weighing him down.’ I don’t get that sense. I think it’s human nature [to look at] what lies ahead. But Jake has always been a guy that, when adjustments are recommended, they take some time for him to incorporate, and we’re going through that right now.
“When you compare video from this year to 2011 when he had the big year, fundamentally, you’re going to see the same mechanics, the same swing. Where things are different — and for any hitter, the most important thing is seeing the baseball. If he’s seeing it, typically, he’s going to be on time. And sometimes, some of the thoughts that might creep in there — whether that’s frustration, whether it’s from trying to execute a certain swing, those thoughts might interrupt that link from seeing the ball to executing the swing. I think that’s where we’ve seen the inconsistency come from — he’s trying to get it right. Sometimes, by trying harder, you get less benefits from the efforts you’re putting in.”
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|Rangers designate Derek Lowe for assignment||05.20.13 at 5:24 pm ET|
The Rangers designated former Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe for assignment on Monday. Lowe, who has gone 1-0 with an 9.00 ERA this season for Texas, was sent out to make room for Josh Lindblom, who will start Monday’s game against the A’s. The 39-year-old Lowe, who was a part of the Red Sox title team in 2004, went 70-55 with a 3.72 ERA and 85 saves in eight seasons with Boston.
|Red Sox lineup: Daniel Nava returns, while Stephen Drew looks to stay hot||05.16.13 at 3:20 pm ET|
Daniel Nava returns to the lineup for the Red Sox Thursday night as they face the Rays in St. Pete. In addition, shortstop Stephen Drew, who connected for a grand slam Wednesday night against Tampa, gets a chance to continue his hot streak. He has now has eight extra-base hits in his last 18 plate games. In that span, he’s hitting .317/.411/.571.
RED SOX LINEUP
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|John Farrell: Don’t look for any ‘reactionary’ moves because of recent slump||05.15.13 at 3:21 pm ET|
In his weekly appearance on “Salk & Holley,” Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox skipper John Farrell said that despite the recent slump that has seen the team drop nine of its last 11, don’t expect any major shakeups, either in the rotation or the batting order.
Saying the most important thing to is “remain consistent,” he doesn’t anticipate making many changes, at least not at this point in the season.
“I think we’re still in that part of the year where we’re trying to maintain continuity and not just [making] reactionary moves because we’ve scuffled a little bit as of late,” he said. “That might be coming, but I think right now, I think it’s important for everybody in our clubhouse to know there’s stability, no one is panicking. And we’re going through a spell right now, where, you know what? We have to execute in those given moments.
“I think it’s important to remain consistent. It’s not to show that you’re going to revamp things completely, and then, that sends a mixed message. I’m more about talking to individuals,” he added. “I think the attitude of our club, our team, is still consistent as it was in April when things were falling our way, and yet, we’ve not fired on all cylinders in the three areas, pitching, defense and offensively, as we had done in the first month of the season.”
Here are some more highlights from Wednesday’s Q&A with the manager:
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|Red Sox lineup: Shane Victorino and Ryan Lavarnway get start against Rays||05.14.13 at 3:32 pm ET|
John Lackey SP
|Red Sox lineup: David Ortiz out, Mike Napoli at designated hitter||05.12.13 at 10:27 am ET|
Here is the Red Sox’ lineup:
Mike Napoli DH
Daniel Nava LF
Mike Carp 1B
Jarrod Saltalmacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Stephen Drew SS
|Red Sox lineup: David Ross, Will Middlebrooks back in action against Twins||05.09.13 at 3:30 pm ET|
After a night on the shelf following their Tuesday night collision, both catcher David Ross and third baseman Will Middlebrooks return to the lineup Thursday night to face the Twins. Here’s the complete lineup:
John Lackey, SP
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|John Farrell on Jose Iglesias: ‘Players’ personal goals sometimes don’t align with team’s goals’||05.08.13 at 3:36 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell hinted as some issues Wednesday with the development of young shortstop Jose Iglesias, who was demoted to Triple-A earlier this season, saying that sometimes, “players’ personal goals sometimes don’t align with team’s goals.”
“He handled the initial option back to Pawtucket as a pro, and he continued to get his work in,” Farrell told WEEI’s “Salk & Holley” on Wednesday afternoon. “But I think as time as gone on, he’s kind of feeling like he should be in a big-league uniform. Yet, that time isn’t now.”
The evolution of Iglesias as a professional ballplayer is an ongoing process. It’s clear the youngster believes he’s ready for the majors, despite the fact that Stephen Drew remains entrenched as the starting shortstop in Boston. However, as Pawtucket skipper Gary DiSarcina told WEEI late last month, the organization continues to preach patience with Iglesias.
“The way I’ve approached Iggy is, have a little patience with him, give him a few days to come back down to earth and realize where he is. He’s not on a rehab assignment. He’s on the Triple-A team to get his at-bats. He’s with us. He’s not like David Ortiz where he’s going to be going whenever he’s physically ready,” said DiSarcina.
“Stephen Drew was signed here to play. He’s getting a lot of money to come over here and play for a year. It’s difficult, but it goes back to communication and talking,” he added.
“You can say to a player, ‘Hey man, it’s a raw deal. You’re getting a raw deal. You went up there, you did what you’re supposed to do and you exceeded expectations. But reality is reality. You’re here now. And we’re going to work to get you out of here. We’re here for you — the hitting coach, the pitching coach, myself, the trainer — we’re here to get you out of here. Use us.’ ”
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|Farrell: Ross, Middlebooks ‘day-to-day’ after Tuesday collision||05.08.13 at 3:06 pm ET|
In his weekly appearance with WEEI’s “Salk & Holley,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday afternoon that both catcher David Ross and third baseman Will Middlebrooks are “day-to-day” after their collision Tuesday night, but neither player appears to be the victim of a long-term injury.
“Both guys are day-to-day,” Farrell said. “David Ross has come in today much improved. There’s still some swelling. He’s walking and able to get down in a catchers’ stance or crouch without any discomfort — or I should say much less discomfort than he had when he came out of the game (Tuesday) night. He’s not in the lineup today — it’s just to give him another day of recovery for that. Will Middlebrooks, he’s sore on the right side with those ribs. He’s day-to-day. He’s out of the lineup today as well. But I know Will has fought it a little but — he wants to be in the lineup, but it’s more precautionary than anything. He’s still a little sore. He went down to swing in the cage off the tee a little bit, some soft toss. He does feel it. But as far as the tests, the CT scan and all of that, there’s no fractures, which is a positive. But we have to let this slow down a little bit.”
Farrell said Middlebrooks is feeling it the most in his right side.
“The right rib cage,” he said. “Basically, when they slid and collided (Tuesday) night, Will slid on his left side and almost got a little bit of whiplash when he slammed into the wall. Thankfully, it’s padded, but still, he got banged up pretty good. In general, we’re a little nicked up right now in a few areas, both in the relief corps, as we’ve seen in the transactions over the last couple of days, and then, (Tuesday) night’s collision. But it doesn’t look to be long term, and both guys are day-to-day.
“I had to go back and look at the replay, because from our vantage point, you’re eye level is about ground level, standing in the dugout, and all you see is two guys coming together at full speed and then you hear some impact of the wall — you don’t know what’s taking place,” he added. “With David Ross’s situation, when he slid, the shin guard kind of peeled back a little bit because of the lining on it and it exposed the quad area — the lower left quad area, just above the kneecap — and that’s where the impact took place. Again, stability tests were all fine with him. His knee is solid. It’s just that he has a pretty good, deep bruise going on right now.”
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