|Clay Buchholz throws off mound Friday in first step to potentially appear in game||09.25.15 at 6:09 pm ET|
Although it was just the mound in the bullpen, it was a major step in Buchholz getting back to full strength, as he threw 20 pitches with a catcher standing in front of home plate, in a bullpen session he refers to as a “front toss bullpen.”
The entire starting rotation watched the session and Buchholz came away pleased, according to interim manager Torey Lovullo.
“He felt great. The reports were that there was a lot of energy, a lot of intensity,” Lovullo said. “He’s finishing his pitches. The conversation I had with Clay afterwards, he’s very encouraged. He was pain free and those were the things we were looking for.”
There was some optimism Buchholz would be able to throw an inning in a game this season, but with the regular season coming to a close a week from Sunday, it doesn’t appear likely — although not completely ruled out.
“Considering how long he’s been down, it’s going to be very risky to give him a start,” Lovullo said. “I don’t think that’s in the cards — whether it’s an inning or a start — we’re unsure right now. We just don’t want to put him in harms way. We want to make sure he’s healthy with step one which was today. Step two will be the bullpen. I think the idea is just getting him on the mound, with he slant, feeling the rubber, feeling the dirty in his spikes — there’s a lot to be said for that for a player who is trying to build confidence coming back from an injury.
“Step one is very good, I don’t want to look too far beyond that, but I don’t think a start is in the cards.”
If Buchholz feels well Saturday, a bullpen would be the next step, but the date of that has yet to be determined.
“We just don’t want to stretch him out too far and overwhelm him,” Lovullo said.
|Hiring of Frank Wren start of professional scouting change within Red Sox organization||09.25.15 at 5:45 pm ET|
It’s been just over a month since Dave Dombrowski was hired as Red Sox president of baseball operations so he hasn’t had much time to put his stamp on the organization, but one of the first steps to making a change occurred Friday when the team announced the hiring of Frank Wren as senior vice president of baseball operations.
Ultimately, Dombrowski wants to change the professional scouting aspect of the organization and Wren is the first piece in doing that.
“One of the biggest changes I will make that we really haven’t gotten into totally because we haven’t been at that point yet is our professional scouting, our major-league scouting aspect,” Dombrowski said.”Not right or wrong or indifferent how people do it, but it’s something that I want changed. A lot of that change is behind the scenes. We’re getting closer to announcing what those changes will be. But Frank is part of that change with a bit more emphasis on people scouting the major-league strictly, using their evaluation tools there, but also supplemented by another group of individuals that will be very strong in their professional coverage.”
Wren has been around the game a long time, as he has over 30 years of experience working in the front office of baseball organizations. Most recently he was general manager of the Braves from 2008-14. He also worked with Dombrowski for 11 years between the Expos and Marlins from 1987-98.
Wren said he will help out in whatever is best for Dombrowski and will be based from his home in Atlanta.
“I think one of the things Dave and I have talked about over the last few weeks as this all came together is really assisting in a lot of different areas,” Wren said. “I’ve been involved in a lot from the time I played, coaching in minor leagues, to being involved in scouting, running Latin America, to assistant GM and GM. I’ve been involved in a lot of different areas, so wherever I can help out and feel like there’s value for Dave, that’s what I will do.”
While there is a lot of work to done this offseason, both with the talent on the field and within the front office, Dombrowski believes the team has a chance to get back to winning quickly.
“There is a great core of young players here,” Dombrowski said. “I think if we make some wise moves to supplement the talent we have here in addition to some of the veteran players, we have a chance to have a good club pretty quickly.”
|Red Sox lineup: Rusney Castillo out, Brock Holt starts in left field vs. Orioles||09.25.15 at 3:33 pm ET|
Rusney Castillo will get the night off, as Brock Holt will start in left, Jackie Bradley Jr. in center and Mookie Betts in right against Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman.
Devan Marrero will get the start at third base, with Pablo Sandoval out for the foreseeable future.
Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Rich Hill.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|Red Sox hire former Braves GM Frank Wren as senior VP of baseball operations||09.25.15 at 3:24 pm ET|
A day after promoting Mike Hazen to general manager, the team has made another move within their front office.
Former Braves general manager Frank Wren has been hired as senior vice president of baseball operations. Within the press release it says Wren will serve as a talent evaluator and will assist president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in all aspects of baseball operations. He and Dombrowski previously worked together for 11 years between the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins.
It is unclear where Wren fits in the organization in terms of power, as it relates to Hazen.
The Red Sox also announced a few other moves:
— Athletic trainer Rick Jameyson has decided to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities.
— Jared Banner has been promoted to director of player personnel
— Brad Pearson, MS, ATC, CSCS has been named head athletic trainer
— Paul Buchheit, MS, ATC, CSCS has been named assistant athletic trainer
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|Closing Time: Wade Miley dominant early, struggles late to take loss vs. Rays||09.24.15 at 9:50 pm ET|
Through the first five innings Red Sox starter Wade Miley was cruising, but the third time through the order proved to be too much for the left-hander.
With the Red Sox leading 2-0, Miley got two outs in the sixth before Evan Longoria crushed a solo home run over everything in left. Logan Forsythe then singled and was driven in on a Asdrubal Cabrera double. Cabrera then scored as Steven Souza Jr. doubled, which gave the Rays a 3-2 lead.
Miley struggled in the seventh as well, with Kevin Kiermaier leading the inning off with a solo home run to right and then Luke Maile ripping a double, which ended Miley’s night.
The left-hander went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out three.
The first two times through order Tampa batters went 2-for-17, but the third time they were 6-for-9 with two homers.
“I think tonight Wade was outstanding for the first two times through the order,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “Just started to make some mistakes over the middle of the plate. I’ve seen a couple of replays and he was trying to throw a ball in and missed middle. Trying to throw something soft and ended up in the middle of the plate.
“When you make mistakes like that against some of the good hitters that they have you’re going to pay for it. It was the middle of their lineup that did most of the damage — three, four and five got after us tonight. All in all I thought Wade threw the ball really good. It came down to a couple moments where he missed with those pitches and gave up some runs.”
|Mike Hazen knows Dave Dombrowski will make final baseball decisions, not concerned with power||09.24.15 at 7:12 pm ET|
Dombrowski noted that when discussing the process in ultimately deciding on Mike Hazen as his GM. Hazen said he is well aware of the power structure, but it isn’t something they talk about.
“Obviously, the role of general manager will be a little bit different here with Dave, but power’s not something that any of us talk about or look at,” Hazen said at his introductory press conference. “Dave is going to be making the decisions in the end. I believe that the things that we’ve done here underneath the hood on the major league team and player development, and amateur scouting and international scouting and all those other things, we’ll continue to drive that forward and help put Dave in the best position possible to make the best decisions possible for the Red Sox.”
Dombrowski and Hazen have worked together during the past month with Dombrowski coming on board and the baseball operations staff, led by Hazen with Ben Cherington gone, to get him caught up on the entire organization.
Hazen said he feels the two have developed a good connection.
“I’m excited as we look forward, we move forward in a new direction under Dave, we – I think even in the first month so far — I feel like there’s been a good connection between Dave and I, between what I think we’ve done well here and knowing things we need to improve upon moving forward,” Hazen said. “Dave’s experience is tremendous, we’ve seen that already, and I look forward to working with him and our operations staff on leading the Red Sox back to the World Series.”
It’s been a difficult and unpredictable past five weeks for the organization with manager John Farrell battling lymphoma, Dombrowski being hired, Cherington leaving and now Hazen being promoted to general manager.
Hazen is hoping to eventually turn all the negatives into positives in 2016.
“We’ve gone through a period of change,” Hazen said. “Dave has helped out with that quite a bit. The way he’s gone about it, not just with this particular situation but with a lot of others that probably have gone more under the radar. Dave has repeatedly recognized those director level positions in other places that have done a very good job. The Red Sox have put the minor league system, put the young players on the field, the field staff that has gone out there since what has happened to John [Farrell], carried on and really played well these last five weeks.
“I think you’re starting to see the building blocks of next year’s team, which is starting to turn that negative into a positive and one that we hope can continue through the end of the season and into next year.”
|Hanley Ramirez (right shoulder) shut down for season; Pablo Sandoval has pneumonia||09.24.15 at 6:34 pm ET|
Hanley Ramirez hasn’t played in a game since Aug. 26 and he won’t for the rest of the season.
Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Thursday Ramirez has been shut down for the season with right shoulder inflammation. He was getting work at first base as the team would like him to transition there for next season and the hope was he would get there at some point before the end of the year, but that will no longer happen.
“Unfortunately his shoulder just wasn’t responding the way we wanted it to,” Lovullo said. “His effort, his focus, his interest in playing first base never ever wavered, it was just a matter of his right shoulder not responding to what he was asking it to do. As a result we felt like it was most important at this point to look towards 2016 and give him the proper rest he needs.”
Lovullo was asked if surgery was at all a possibility and he said that is “not at all likely.”
“I think anything is a possibility, but I think a right shoulder surgery is not at all likely,” he said. “Not at all likely. It’s more of a shutdown with rest right now.”
Speaking afterwards at a press conference announcing Mike Hazen as general manager, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said he and the organization remain confident he will be able to play the position next season.
“I’m confident,” Dombrowski said. “You’d prefer to see him play in a game, but we’ve watched him move around a bit. He’s an infielder. He’s going to have some growing pains but I think he’s in a position where he’s going to be able to play the position from what I’ve seen. But I also think it will benefit for him to go through six-seven weeks of spring training. I think you also have to have a secondary plan, but I think the reality is he will be able to do it.
“He’s committed to doing it. We had a great meeting with him today as far as heading into next year. I think the important thing with Hanley, that’s why we made this decision, we really wanted to get him ready for 2016. I think he’ll be able to do it.”
After missing three straight games and two last weekend in Toronto, Pablo Sandoval has been diagnosed with pneumonia. Earlier this week it was called a significant upper respiratory infection, but Wednesday it was found out to be worse.
|After 30 candidates, 2 interviews, Mike Hazen beat out Quinton McCracken for Red Sox general manager||09.24.15 at 6:13 pm ET|
Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski officially joined the Red Sox on Aug. 19. In just over a month on the job, his first major responsibility was hiring a general manager to report to him and that position was filled Thursday when the team promoted assistant general manager Mike Hazen to general manager.
Dombrowski said he had a list of 30 names, but interviewed only two — Hazen and Quinton McCracken, the current Astros director of player development. Ultimately after working with Hazen for just over a month he felt he was the right man for the job.
“This is the way I describe it,” Dombrowski said at a press conference Thursday. “I made a long list of names of about 30 names. I had phone calls with a lot of people on that list. I knew almost every person that called me very well. This job is a little bit different than some other jobs because sometimes when people want to be a general manager they’re in the final decision making process — we’re a little bit different here. They’ll be very involved in working together. I’ve been involved with and I guess with Mike, it’s been a good part, it could have been a part bad, but it was a good part. He’s been interviewing everyday since I’ve been here per se.
“When I looked at that list and I knew the people, I really interviewed two people very thoroughly. I interviewed Mike and I interviewed Quinton McCracken. There were a lot of other people I could have interviewed, but I knew people on that list extremely well. I like how people say bring I some veteran presence — that’s what happens when you’ve been around the game awhile and you have gray hair. You’ve been around people and you get to know them. I think it’s a good part of it too. I’ve been very impressed with Mike since I’ve been here.
“I’ve been very impressed with Quinton McCracken. I called him today and I called Jeff Luna too — Quinton McCracken is going to be a general manager, no doubt in my mind. He’s got a lot of great qualities, but I think for me hanging on to Mike’s experience that he’s had already at the major league level, but he’s in a position that he’s been part of the organization. We can promote from within and we have good people. I’ve been pouring over that list and taking phone calls. From the day I was announced people have been calling me and I’ve been working on those names.”
The president of baseball operations did say some of the people in the list of 30 could end up as advisers.
|Red Sox lineup: Brock Holt starts at third base with Pablo Sandoval out again||09.24.15 at 3:25 pm ET|
With Pablo Sandoval still out with an illness, Brock Holt will start at third base in the series finale against the Rays Thursday night at Fenway Park. It is the sixth time in seven games Sandoval has been out of the lineup.
Mookie Betts will play his fourth straight game in right field at Fenway Park with Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field and Rusney Castillo in left field, as the Sox go up against Erasmo Ramirez.
Ryan Hanigan will catch Wade Miley’s final Fenway start of the season.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|Closing Time: Red Sox youth has ups and downs in loss to Rays||09.22.15 at 9:54 pm ET|
Tuesday night showcased the young talent the Red Sox have to look forward to next season, but also served as a reminder they still have some work to do.
The Rays were able to pull out a 5-2 win over the Red Sox, courtesy of a throwing error by Mookie Betts in the sixth inning. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Sox.
With the Red Sox leading 2-1 and the bases loaded in the sixth against starter Henry Owens, Evan Longoria lifted a routine fly ball to right. Betts, making his second career Fenway Park start in right field, attempted to get the runner from third at home, but his throw airmailed everything and went into the crowd, which allowed the runner from second to also score, which proved to be the game-winning run.
Mikie Mahtook would hit a two-run home run off Owens in the eighth for two insurance runs, as the fourth time through the order proved one time too many with three of the four batters Owens faced picking up hits.
“His pitch count was down, that was the big reason. He didn’t very tough innings,” interim manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t think he threw more than 14 or 15 pitches in any of those early innings and I felt like he pitched well enough to go back out there. He deserved the opportunity to step out there, come back in and have a chance to win the game.
“If you dissect it, the one inning I don’t think we played very fundamental baseball. We made a mistake in right field with a throwing error and that put them ahead by a run and then he just got clipped for a two-run home run that broke the game open.”
Owens was rolling early on as he took a perfect game into the fifth inning before allowing a leadoff double, but struggled at times after that. Owens finished going 7 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, while walking two and striking out five.
The 23-year-old left-hander has 20 swing and misses, a very high number.
“I’m not too sure. I was just trying to keep them off balance and they were late on a few fastballs, maybe sitting changeup — sitting fastball and missing a few changeups,” Owens said. “Threw a few good curveballs. It’s good to see swing and misses, but at the same time it’s good to get early contact.”
The Rays threatened in the seventh after the bases were loaded with no outs thanks to a Shaw error at first, but Owens was able to get out of it. Shaw forced out a runner at home on a grounder and then No. 9 hitter Luke Maile ripped one back up the middle, but Owens gloved it and went home to get the force and catcher Blake Swihart fired to first for the double play to end the threat.
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