|Delcarmen headed to DL with forearm strain||07.01.10 at 4:22 pm ET|
According to source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox will place relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. Delcarmen has allowed nine runs over his last three appearances — which have totaled just one inning — giving up nine hits and two walks. Two of the right-hander’s last three outings has seen him not retire a batter. Delcarmen is coming off an outing against Tampa Wednesday in which he allowed five runs on four hits and a walk while not getting an out. He has a 2-2 mark with a 4.59 ERA in 33 appearances.
|Molina on catching Wake: ‘I’ll be ready||06.29.10 at 3:52 pm ET|
This is Gustavo Molina’s first rodeo, or knuckleball.
When the 28-year-old went out to the Red Sox bullpen to catch Tim Wakefield Tuesday afternoon it wasn’t his initial go-round with the knuckleballer, having caught “a few” of the pitcher’s side sessions during spring training. But even before joining the Sox organization for this season, Molina had experience catching the knuckleball thanks to his time in the White Sox‘ minor league system.
“I caught Charlie Haeger in the minors,” said Molina after his stint with Wakefield. “[Wakefield's] got more control. I also think a difference is that Charlie Haeger throws a little bit harder. But Wakefield is one of the best, that’s why he’s been in this game for a long time.
“It’s kind of a challenge. I’ll be ready for the next start.”
While it isn’t set in stone that Molina will catch Wakefield in the pitcher’s start Friday night against the Orioles at Fenway Park, that is the likelihood now that Victor Martinez is on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger on his left hand.
Molina pointed out that one of the benefits that he didn’t possess when catching Haeger for two seasons in Chicago’s system was the guidance of catching instructor Gary Tuck. Since his arrival with the Red Sox, Tuck has tutored the various catchers on the Red Sox as to a specific way to catch Wakefield and his knuckleball.
“You have to figure it out yourself, but you need a base to start from,” Molina said. “That pitch moves a lot. But it went well. I just have to get ready for the next start.”
Molina’s major league experience consists of 19 games, with his last appearance in the big leagues coming via a two-game stretch with the Mets in 2008.
|Martinez likely to land on DL, with Molina to fill in||06.28.10 at 10:52 pm ET|
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox are likely to place catcher Victor Martinez on the disabled list on Tuesday and to promote catcher Gustavo Molina from Triple-A Pawtucket. Another source said that a final determination will not be made until Tuesday.
Molina, 28, is hitting .239 with a .292 OBP, .418 slugging mark and .710 OPS in 21 games for the PawSox. Molina is in his 11th professional season, and his fifth organization. He has appeared in 19 big-league games, batting .118/.162/.147/.309. He is unrelated to the three Molina siblings who are currently in the majors.
Martinez is hitting .289/.344/.480/.824 with nine homers and 38 RBI for the Sox this year. Since May 19, he is hitting .371/.424/.619/1.043 with four homers and 19 RBI in 30 games. The 31-year-old has played in 66 of the team’s 77 games this year.
|No surgery or pin for Pedroia||06.28.10 at 7:51 pm ET|
According to a source familiar with the situation, after being re-evaluated Monday it was determined that Dustin Pedroia will not need surgery or a pin placed in fractured left foot. It is estimated that the Red Sox second baseman, who injured his foot after fouling a ball off of his foot during Friday night’s game in San Francisco, will be out 4-6 weeks. For more see the Red Sox team page by clicking here.
|Disharmony in Tampa Bay||06.28.10 at 6:08 am ET|
This should make Red Sox fans feel a little better …
|Batting Stance Guy: All-Strikeout Team||06.25.10 at 10:42 am ET|
Another classic round of batting stances from who else … BSG. (It wouldn’t be the All-Strikeout Team without Dave Kingman):
|Lowell expected to go on DL||06.24.10 at 12:42 pm ET|
Red Sox corner infielder Mike Lowell is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list (right hip) prior to tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies. The move would clear a roster spot for pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is scheduled to start in Denver on Thursday night. Prior to his game-ending, pinch-hitting appearance on Tuesday night, Lowell had not appeared in a game in nine days.
Lowell is hitting .213 this year with a .308 OBP, .350 slugging mark and .658 OPS. Since May 16, he is 2-for-27 (.074) and has made just six starts.
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