|Blake Swihart has ‘severe’ ankle sprain, foot will be immobilized for 2 weeks, chance season is over||06.05.16 at 5:33 pm ET|
The Red Sox got some concrete news on Blake Swihart, and it was not good.
The outfielder/catcher has what manager John Farrell termed “a severe ankle sprain” and will have his left foot immobilized for two weeks before the team re-evaluates.
Swihart was hurt making a catch in foul territory against the wall in left field during Saturday’s win over the Blue Jays. He crumpled to the ground and eventually limped off the field with some assistance.
According to a team spokesman, Swihart has a medial and lateral ankle sprain, as well as a strain of the peroneal tendons.
Farrell didn’t specify a time frame beyond the two-week immobilization, but the prognosis doesn’t sound encouraging. Team sources initially feared the injury would be season-ending, but Swihart was examined by noted foot and ankle expert Dr. George Theodore on Sunday, and now the club will wait two weeks before proceeding.
“With Blake, there’s a severe ankle sprain,” Farrell said. “He’s going to be immobilized for two weeks and we’ll re-evaluate at that point to see what the next steps are. He sustained a pretty severe ankle sprain here yesterday.”
With Swihart sidelined indefinitely, Chris Young becomes the starting left fielder. Young homered and singled in Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays, breaking up Marco Estrada’s no-hitter with the former in the eighth.
Swihart, 24, is hitting .258 with a .720 OPS in 19 games.
|Blake Swihart (sprained ankle) to 15-day disabled list, Rusney Castillo recalled among numerous Red Sox roster moves||at 10:29 am ET|
Following the injuries coming out of Saturday’s game, the Red Sox made a number of roster moves on Sunday.
After both Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan left Saturday’s win with injuries, both were placed on the 15-day disabled list. Hanigan has a neck strain that has seemed to bother him for a few weeks and after jamming his ankle into the left field wall, Swihart was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain. But, by how severe the injury could have been, this appears to be good news.
To replace the two players on the roster, outfielder Rusney Castillo was recalled and catcher Sandy Leon was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket.
In addition, reliever Noe Ramirez was optioned back to Triple-A and right-hander Heath Hembree was recalled.
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|Blake Swihart getting MRI on injured ankle, Ryan Hanigan tests on neck||06.04.16 at 8:09 pm ET|
The Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon came with a price.
Left fielder Blake Swihart left the game with two outs in the seventh inning after injuring his ankle when running into the left field wall chasing after a Michael Saunders fly ball. It was ruled a foul ball as although Swihart made the catch, it hit the wall in the left field corner first. Swihart’s left ankle jammed against the wall and he needed help walking off the field.
Manager John Farrell added Swihart will be getting a MRI Saturday night.
“You get in up against that concrete base there — the base of that wall,” Farrell said. “We don’t know exactly what has taken place yet. He will go for a MRI here tonight, so until we get the results, it’s hard to really comment any further on that.”
Swihart reached base three times in the game before having to depart.
Earlier in the inning, catcher Ryan Hanigan was removed from the game with a neck strain. This comes after he battled dizziness/illness earlier in the week. Farrell was able to rule out a concussion with him, but he will be going for more tests.
“They both are going for tests,” Farrell said. “Blake, obviously the ankle and Hanigan, who has been dealing with the neck strain, that continued to tighten throughout the game. He was battling not only the knuckleball, but obviously his neck. Both are going to go for tests here and once we get information on them we’ll have a better read on the severity of both.”
Hanigan was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and allowed three passed balls in the game. He was in the clubhouse postgame and although didn’t speak with reporters, he looked to be in some pain.
If the Red Sox need to call up a catcher from Triple-A Pawtucket, Sandy Leon would likely be the guy. He got a lot of playing time in the early going last season, so there is some familiarity with the staff.
With Swihart, if the team needs to call up an outfielder, Rusney Castillo likely is that guy. Ideally, the Sox would prefer the player to be a lefty given the number of righties they already have, but there isn’t such a player available.
Both Leon and Castillo were removed from Pawtucket’s game Saturday night.
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|Closing Time: Xander Bogaerts, Travis Shaw lead Red Sox over Blue Jays to end 3-game losing streak||at 7:13 pm ET|
Although the Red Sox have scuffled of late — losing three straight and six of their last nine going into the game — they still have yet to lose four in a row this season.
Led by the offense, the Red Sox snapped their skid with a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Like they have all season, the Red Sox were able to get to Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman. The offense scored in five straight innings against him, as he departed with the Red Sox on top 6-4 in the sixth.
David Ortiz had a two-run single in the third and Travis Shaw added a two-out RBI single in the fifth. They added another in the sixth on a very close play at the plate involving Blake Swihart trying to score from first on a Mookie Betts double. He was originally called out, but following a challenge the call at home was overturned and Swihart was ruled safe.
Xander Bogaerts paced the offense with three hits, while Shaw and Betts each had two.
“[Bogaerts] with another big day,” manager John Farrell said. “After being stopped last night, he picks up three base hits today. I thought we did an outstanding job of running the bases — taking an extra 90 feet. Blake [Swihart] scoring from first. [Bogaerts] going first-to-third on a groundball out. Some heads up base running for sure. David with another key base hit for the two RBIs off Stroman. Each time they were able to put a run on the board, once again we were able to answer right back. That continues to be a characteristic of this team.”
In relief of Red Sox starter Steven Wright, Matt Barnes allowed a run over two innings, Junichi Tazawa threw a scoreless eighth and Craig Kimbrel closed things out in the ninth. Overall, the Red Sox’ arms limited the Blue Jays to just four hits in the game.
Wright was pulled after the fifth inning and throwing 111 pitches. The knuckleballer allowed three runs, but none of them were earned because of passed balls. Two scored in the fifth on one passed ball when Michael Saunders struck out and beat the throw to first, which allowed both Ryan Goins and Jose Bautista to score. The Red Sox led 4-1 going into the inning.
Ryan Hanigan and Swihart left the game in the seventh inning. Hanigan left with a neck strain and Swihart departed with a left ankle injury suffered hitting the wall hard in left field on a foul ball. He was helped off the field by a trainer and Farrell.
Dustin Pedroia has now hit safely in 25 straight games against the Blue Jays, tying the second longest streak in MLB history (Jerry Remy, 26, 1977-82 and Vladimir Guerrero, 25, 2001-06).
Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox’ win:
Red Sox left fielder Blake Swihart left Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays with a left ankle injury.
On a Michael Saunders fly ball down the left field line in the seventh inning, Swihart chased it down going full force into the wall in the corner where he appeared to jam his left ankle hard into the base of the wall.
He was aided off the field by a trainer and manager John Farrell. The team announced the injury and added he is being evaluated further. Although he caught the ball, it was a foul ball because it hit the wall first.
Chris Young replaced him in left field.
Earlier in the inning, catcher Ryan Hanigan left the game with a neck strain. He was having a tough day going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and four runners left on base, along with three passed balls that all led to runs. Hanigan had dizziness/illness last week.
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|Red Sox GM Mike Hazen on OM&F: Bullpen ‘probably the best place for’ Clay Buchholz right now||06.01.16 at 1:59 pm ET|
Red Sox general manager Mike Hazen called in to Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to discuss Clay Buchholz’s pitching struggles and the development of the team’s younger players. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Buchholz is 2-5 as a starter,and has a 6.24 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He was moved out of the rotation and to the bullpen last weekend to make room for Eduardo Rodriguez.
“I think it’s probably the best place for him right now, given where the team’s at,” Hazen said. “Not an easy decision, I don’t know if that’s something that’s permanent, the way we look at it, certainly I think from a results standpoint. They talked to Clay, I didn’t happen to be there at the time, but I think it’s something [where] he can make a positive impact as he did in Toronto already, in the short run.”
Added Hazen: “I don’t think his days of starting are over. Clay Buchholz is too talented, we’ve seen him go through the American League East too many times on some runs where he’s really one of the few guys that can walk up into Toronto and pitch in that environment and dominate that lineup, and he has done that pretty consistently over the last few years. We’re going to need Clay Buchholz, and I don’t know in what form or fashion. I think in the short run he’s going to make an impact in the bullpen, in the long run we’ll see where it goes. But as long as there’s the 12 guys that we have right now we’re going to need him, just like we need everybody.”
Hazen also addressed concerns that Buchholz may not get enough innings in the bullpen to work on his pitching.
“I certainly understand that as you move through a period of time, if he gets shortened up too much that you’re going to have to stretch him back out again,” Hazen said. “We’re not really thinking a month down the road right now, we’re not really afforded that luxury. So many things have happened already over the course of the first half of the season in our starting rotation and in our bullpen. Things in this game happen all the time, I don’t know where we’re going to be from point in time, but we’re not going to deal with that until later.
Added Hazen: “As of right now, in the short run, we still have the ability to put him back in there. I still think he’ll be able to maintain some length, we have not gone through the rotation on a consistent basis where we’re going seven or eight innings every night, and hopefully we get to that point because then we’re really clicking. But in those moments, you’ve seen other relievers, [Heath] Hembree, [Matt] Barnes, those guys have gotten three-inning stints fairly regularly I think, even if we’ve played so well on those off nights. Whether it’s rain-induced or whether somebody gets hurt early, I think there’s going to be enough of those opportunities, and if there’s not, we’ll figure that out at the time.”
|Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart back in left field, Christian Vazquez catching David Price||05.29.16 at 9:58 am ET|
It is a standard Red Sox lineup for Sunday’s series finale with the Blue Jays as the visitors look to snap a three-game losing streak overall and avoid a series sweep.
Blake Swihart will be back in left field after Chris Young got the start on Saturday, which was a tough 10-9 walk-off loss.
Christian Vazquez will catch Red Sox starter David Price as the Red Sox lineup will go up against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Christian Vazquez, C
Blake Swihart, LF
David Price, LHP
For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.
|Red Sox minor league notebook: Could Sam Travis be Hanley Ramirez’s replacement at first base in 2017?||05.19.16 at 11:31 am ET|
1. There will be a lot of questions next offseason with the Red Sox’ big league club.
If David Ortiz does indeed retire, Hanley Ramirez likely will move from first base to designated hitter. Then, with Travis Shaw’s outstanding start to the year at third base and plenty of questions with Pablo Sandoval, it would seem Shaw will stay at third base.
This leaves first base open and the Red Sox may not need to look outside the organization, as prospect Sam Travis is proving he deserves a lot of consideration for the job.
Travis was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University and he’s performed well at every level he’s played.
In 40 games with short-season, Single-A Lowell after being drafted he batted .333 and was promoted to Single-A Greenville to end the 2014 season where he hit .290 with a slugging percentage of .495.
The first baseman started last season with Salem before being promoted to Portland at the All-Star break, after being named to the High-A All-Star Game. Between the two teams, the right-handed hitter batted .307 with nine home runs and 78 RBIs.
Now, 38 games into his Triple-A career, he’s batting .281 with five homers and 23 RBIs. He’s been the PawSox’ most consistent hitter to this point in the season despite being one of the youngest players on the team.
“You just get better playing every day and learning through experience, against better competition and getting your practice in,” Travis said. “Trusting the process, you’ll gradually get better.”
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly, Blake Swihart lead way in PawSox win||05.12.16 at 10:14 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (16-17): W, 2-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Behind Joe Kelly, the PawSox were able to pick up the win. Kelly went five innings and allowed one run on five hits, while walking a batter and striking out three. He threw 77 pitches and perhaps the most encouraging sign was him hitting 98 mph on the radar gun in the final inning. This was his second rehab start and it’s unclear what his next step will be.
— In relief of Kelly, Anthony Varvaro and Pat Light each tossed two scoreless innings to close out the win.
— Catcher Blake Swihart provided Pawtucket all the offense it would need with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. He’s now hitting .222 on the year with the PawSox.
— First baseman Sam Travis went 2-for-4 with a double and designated hitter Chris Marerro also went 2-for-4 in the win.
— Rusney Castillo went 1-for-4 and is hitting just .256 on the year.
— Recently promoted from Double-A Portland, outfielder Bryce Brentz went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Rusney Castillo goes 2-for-5 in PawSox loss||05.02.16 at 11:26 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (11-13): L, 5-4, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— The PawSox fell to Syracuse in 10 innings Sunday as they were swept over the weekend. Trea Turner and Scott Sizemore both singled with one out, setting up the two-out, walk-off single for Jason Martinson. Turner beat leftfielder Rusney Castillo’s throw to the plate, delivering the Chiefs’ second walk-off win in 48 hours.
— Starter Sean O’Sullivan had a good outing as he went seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits, while walking one and striking out five. His ERA is now 3.00 on the year.
— Castillo had a good day at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. His average is now .246 on the year.
— Blake Swihart caught all 10 innings and at the plate went 1-for-5 with a double.
— Center fielder Ryan LaMarre paced the offense as he went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI to raise his season average to .362.
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