|Red Sox pregame notes: Luis Jimenez likely added to roster Monday, Shane Victorino’s return pushed back||05.03.15 at 6:17 pm ET|
After the Red Sox claimed infielder Luis Jimenez off waivers on Sunday, it’s likely the former Milwaukee Brewer gets added to the 25-man roster on Monday.
With Jimenez being added, the team would be able to get back to the standard 13 position players, with the corresponding move likely a pitcher.
“Right-handed utility guy that we like the defense particularly at third if that comes into play,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s also played some second, he’s played some first. Feel like he can play shortstop in a short look. it gives us some more flexibility with Brock [Holt] and Daniel Nava and hopefully the chance to get back to 13 position players.”
Jimenez appeared in 15 games for Milwaukee this season, going 1-for-15 with a run scored and a walk. Both of his starts came at third base (seven total games) and he also appeared defensively at second base once. He’s coming off a career year at Class AAA Salt Lake in 2014, hitting .286 with 21 home runs and 76 runs batted in.
Farrell added Pawtucket utility infielder Jeff Bianchi is coming off an injury, so the need for another utility infielder in the system was there.
With Jimenez added, Farrell noted one of the benefits is it gives Holt more opportunity in the outfield, not having to worry about backing up any of the infield positions.
“It gives us that flexibility, yes,” he said. “I can’t say that that’s the definite approach going forward, but at least it provides the opportunity or the option available.”
Shane Victorino (hamstring) is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday in Toronto, but that won’t happen. The team was never really considering that an option with the new turf and the reported affects of playing there.
He will likely rehab next weekend in Portland — Friday and Saturday for sure, with the possibility of Sunday as well.
“With the schedule both Pawtucket and Portland on the road, we’re probably going to push Vic’s live game at-bats back a little bit later in the week, but it will also allow us to ramp up the intensity and the volume over the next couple of days here at Fenway,” Farrell said. “There’s been a lot of discussion, what would be best, getting three at-bats in the DH role or really ramp up the volume. And we’re going to keep him here. It still allows us to look at the second leg of the road trip as an activation.
“We didn’t really have any thoughts of activating Vic in Toronto because of the turf and the reports of what’s affecting players’ legs and low back with the new turf up there. So we didn’t want to risk that. So that kind of points more toward Oakland provided there are no setbacks.”
|Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart makes 2nd straight start, Daniel Nava in RF in series finale vs. Yankees||at 4:17 pm ET|
Daniel Nava will start for the first time this weekend in right field against Yankees right-hander Adam Warren, who is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA.
Otherwise it’s a standard lineup for the Red Sox, who will send Joe Kelly to the mound.
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Daniel Nava, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Blake Swihart, C
Joe Kelly, RHP
|Ryan Hanigan has surgery on fractured finger, out until at least All-Star break||05.02.15 at 5:03 pm ET|
The Red Sox will be without catcher Ryan Hanigan for quite some time.
After fracturing his finger Friday night, the catcher had surgery Saturday and isn’t expected to return until at least after the All-Star break.
“He had surgery today,” manager John Farrell said. “There were some pins inserted. It’s going to be a lengthy recovery time. I wouldn’t anticipate him back before the All-Star break.”
With Blake Swihart making his major league debut Saturday, the team has he and Sandy Leon as the only catchers. Farrell doesn’t know how the exact split of time will go.
“I don’t have an exact split on it,” Farrell said before the game. “Blake is a darn good prospect. And yet, he’s going to get a lot of exposure. We’ll ease him in and out and divide the time as we feel appropriate. The most important thing is he just comes up and gets his feet on the ground and learns the guys on the mound starting today.”
Swihart went 1-for-3 with a run and a walk in his major league debut.
The Red Sox may not have wanted to call 23-year-old Blake Swihart up now, but they had little choice as Ryan Hanigan went down Friday night with a fractured hand.
He was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, and Swihart was officially recalled.
Following the game Friday, manager John Farrell indicated Hanigan would miss “significant” time and surgery would be needed. He didn’t have much more of an update Saturday.
“He’s going through some imaging, MRI, cat scan and all that tomorrow just to determine the complete view of the fracture,” said Farrell. “Whether or not surgery is today or tomorrow or in the coming days, it’ll be in the very near future. I think there’ll be some second opinion or a consultation with Dr. [Thomas] Graham in Cleveland. That’s probably more film review, not in person visit. That procedure will be done in the coming days.”
He wouldn’t give a time frame on a possible return, but it isn’t expected to be season ending.
Swihart, who has played in just 37 total games in Triple-A over the last two seasons, was hitting .338 with 11 RBI so far this season. He said he got the call Friday night from his manager Kevin Boles and he then called his parents, who are flying to Boston, but won’t arrive until after the game.
“I love challenges so I am looking forward to it,” Swihart said.
“It’s definitely a dream come true,” he added. “This is what I dreamed about as a little kid. It’s exciting, but at the end of the day I am here for these guys too and I have to help this team win.”
|Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart making major league debut vs. Yankees, Brock Holt starting in RF||at 11:39 am ET|
Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart will make his major league debut Saturday afternoon against the Yankees at Fenway Park. The 23-year-old was called up after Friday’s game when Ryan Hanigan suffered a fractured hand.
“It’s definitely a dream come true,” said Swihart. “This is what I dreamed about as a little kid. It’s exciting, but at the end of the day I am here for these guys too and I have to help this team win.
For a complete look at the matchups, click here.
1. Mookie Betts, CF
2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
3. David Ortiz, DH
4. Hanley Ramirez, LF
5. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Brock Holt, RF
8. Xander Bogaerts, SS
9. Blake Swihart, C
Wade Miley, LHP
|Ryan Hanigan fractures knuckle, out ‘substantial’ amount of time; Blake Swihart to join team||05.01.15 at 11:59 pm ET|
The Red Sox‘ catching situation took a turn for the worst Friday night.
After losing starter Christian Vazquez during spring training to Tommy John surgery, new starter Ryan Hanigan went down Friday night with a fractured knuckle with surgery likely being needed.
Manager John Farrell said he will be out a “substantial” amount of time.
A source tells WEEI.com’s John Tomase, Blake Swihart will be the guy called up to replace Hanigan, which leaves Sandy Leon and Swihart as the Red Sox‘ catchers.
“It’s a big loss,” Red Sox starter Justin Masterson said of losing Hanigan. “He’s a big part of helping everything come together. Really smart. Works hard. He’s been having some really good at bats too. That’s kind of under the radar there. He’s been doing a lot of things well. It’s going to be a tough loss. There are going to be people that need to step up to kind of make up for him being gone.”
It was an awkward injury as it happened in the seventh inning when reliever Tommy Layne hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch, and the ball ricocheted off him and hit Hanigan’s right, and throwing hand. He was in immediate pain and after a brief discussion with the trainer, he came out of the game.
Swihart is just 23 years old and has only played in 37 games at Triple-A. He could have made the Opening Day roster when Vazquez went down, but the organization felt he needed more seasoning in Triple-A and traded for Sandy Leon. Now, the team doesn’t much choice as Swihart is the only other healthy catcher on the 40-man roster.
Going into play Friday, Swihart was hitting .338 with 11 RBI with Pawtucket this season.
“Ryan leading the pitching staff, things were starting to gain some traction,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s put up a lot of competitive at-bats, including a couple more tonight. We’ll miss his presence behind the plate, but we as a group have to be resilient at times like this and look to fortify the position.”
Hanigan was hitting .222 with a home run and five runs batted in so far this season.
|Red Sox Minor League Notebook: What has Yoan Moncada been doing at extended spring training?||04.16.15 at 5:26 pm ET|
One of the most hyped players of Red Sox spring training isn’t even on a minor league roster yet.
Yoan Moncada is still in Fort Myers for extended spring training, as the 19-year-old gets settled into playing baseball stateside after signing a minor league contract that featured a $31.5 million signing bonus on March 12.
The infielder hadn’t played organized baseball since the end of 2013, thus needing more time to get back into the swing of things, as well as learn what it’s like to play professionally in America.
Reached via phone on Thursday, Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator Tim Hyers broke down Moncada’s start and praised his talent and athleticism.
“He’s getting more reps, getting comfortable identifying pitches and being able to repeat his swing,” Hyers said. “Going through the process of working out with a lot of teams, it wasn’t that day-to-day active action and facing live pitchers. It’s making the daily adjustments and seeing pitches again and matching his AB’s. Probably most of all is getting the feel back in the batters box, being able to have a consistent swing with what he wants to do with the baseball.”
Hyers worked extensively with Moncada during the first few weeks after he signed in Fort Myers. He was headed back down there Thursday to get another look at the 19-year-old sensation.
“He’s definitely a gifted athlete that has a ton of potential,” Hyers said. “We’re excited to have him and he’s worked really hard so far. It’s a big adjustment jumping into professional baseball. I think he was out for a period of time and he’s he’s getting accustomed to the daily work and process of becoming a major league player. They are really happy with him so far and excited to watch him develop.”
Things got off to a good start for him in game action, as he ripped a triple to deep right-center on one of the back fields at JetBlue Park in his first at-bat of extended spring training on Monday.
Hyers said he could turn out to be a power hitter, or a guy who hits for average. He possesses traits for both and it’s too early in his career to project.
“I think he’s got both in him,” he said. “Right now, which one is going to be the better of the two? I think it’s pretty early in his career. He’s shown flashes of both so far.”
As for where and when he’ll get his first taste of competitive professional baseball, there’s no exact timetable.
“I would assume possibly (Single A) Greenville,” said Hyers. “I don’t know — that’s for Ben [Cherington] and the guys up top to kind of watch him day-to-day and see what fits his development. I just know that Junior [Zamora] and Iggy [Suarez], our hitting coaches, have said a lot of positive things about him. Each day he’s getting better and getting him accustomed to the day-to-day work. Getting his body back in shape, his hands back in shape, just swinging that bat on a daily basis. Where he’s headed next month, I don’t know, it’s more for me just concerned about every day trying to help him understand what we expect.”
Added Hyers: “It could be any day. It could be a month, I’m not sure. There haven’t been any discussions with me yet. It’s been take it slow with him and make sure he feels comfortable and understands what we expect and how to prepare for the game.”
|Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen on MFB: ‘No time frame’ for Blake Swihart call-up||04.06.15 at 12:49 pm ET|
The Sox open their season in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon for their first interleague Opening Day in team history. They will be without Christian Vazquez for all of 2015, as the expected starting catcher underwent Tommy John surgery last week. There has been speculation that Blake Swihart, who is being touted as the top catching prospect in baseball, will be called up at some point this year.
“When you’re talking about, from a catching standpoint, there are multiple job responsibilities, that’s why it’s the toughest position to develop,” Hazen said when asked about Swihart’s potential call-up. “Every guy is concerned about their offense, but you have to run the pitching staff, you’ve got to run a game. There’s a lot of things that we ask our catchers to do. … There’s no time frame on when [Swihart’s promotion] is going to happen.”
The Red Sox also will be shorthanded in the bullpen to start the season, as closer Koji Uehara is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
“He’s doing fine, he’s making progress on his way back, threw a bullpen the other day and looked great,” Hazen said. “I think he’ll be fine. We certainly need him, he fills a big role out there in the back of the pen, pushes everybody forward a little bit into that seventh-, eighth-inning role. … We’re expecting he’ll be back and settling into that spot soon.”
The Phillies starter on Monday will be Cole Hamels, who has been the subject of several recent trade rumors, including a few that involved him coming to Boston.
“It’s just that, speculation. There hasn’t been anything that’s been overly hot and heavy here recently,” Hazen said, adding: “For the first couple of weeks or first month, everybody’s kind of figuring out what they have. And then that talk will start to pick back up as we all go through the season.”
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|Source: Red Sox acquire catcher Sandy Leon from Nationals||03.30.15 at 8:42 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Red Sox have acquired some organizational catching depth.
A source confirms to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford that catcher Sandy Leon is on his way to the Red Sox. Details as to who would be going the other way in the deal were not immediately available. Leon first told James Wagner of The Washington Post about the deal Monday morning.
Leon is 26 and out of options, and was considered a long shot to break camp with the Nationals. Christian Vazquez is scheduled for a second opinion on his right elbow with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews Wednesday in Pensacola. He has been all but ruled out for the beginning of the season and his availability this season is up in the air. Manager John Farrell repeated again Sunday that the Red Sox are focused on internal candidates to fill the role of a second catcher on the team.
With Ryan Hanigan the clear choice to start most of the games, the battle for backup was between super prospect Blake Swihart and 35-year-old veteran Humberto Quintero.
Leon is a switch-hitter who has played sparingly over the past three seasons, totaling just 107 plate appearances in the majors, hitting just .189/.280/.253. Leon has fared better at Triple-A where he’s posted a .257/.358/.414.
Leon has, for the most part, been a minor league catcher, batting .236/.324/.329. Like Quintero, he’s considered a defensive specialist, throwing out 45 percent of would-be base stealers in his minor league career.
Sandy Leon says he’s been traded to the Red Sox.
‘ James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 30, 2015
|Christian Vazquez set to have second opinion after MRI spots ‘something’ in his right elbow||03.28.15 at 9:38 am ET|
The Red Sox and Christian Vazquez are keeping their fingers crossed.
The club’s 24-year-old super catching prospect told reporters in Fort Myers Saturday morning that an MRI performed on his sore right elbow “found something” but added doctors have not concluded a firm diagnosis as of Saturday morning.
For that reason, Vazquez indicated he will have a second opinion on the elbow.
“I’m waiting, I’m waiting,” Vazquez said, before adding “I’ll be fine.”
Friday’s MRI came after Vazquez caught Joe Kelly for three innings in an intersquad game in Fort Myers. Vazquez was kept from throwing to any base in an effort to protect the arm. In three plate appearances, he went 1-for-2 with a walk. He singled on a ground ball up the middle and grounded out to shortstop.
If Vazquez, who indicated earlier in the week that he’d be ready for the season, isn’t ready to go, then rookie Blake Swihart could get a chance to stick with the team when they break camp next Saturday.
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