|Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Rafael Devers among players re-assigned out of big league camp||03.14.17 at 9:27 am ET|
The Red Sox made a few roster moves Tuesday as spring training rolls on.
Left-handed pitchers Brian Johnson and Henry Owens and right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman were optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, and third baseman Rafael Devers, outfielder Junior Lake, and catcher Jordan Procyshen were reassigned to minor league camp.
The Red Sox now have 52 players in big league camp, including 37 players from the 40-man roster and 15 non-roster invitees.
All the moves were pretty much expected. In Owens’ case, he still continues to work on his control, which has been the case virtually his entire career with the Red Sox. He was the only player to have any chance of making the big league team, but even that was a long-shot.
Devers is expected to start the year in Double-A.
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|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Marco Hernandez hits go-ahead homer for PawSox; Bobby Dalbec a double short of cycle for Lowell||08.23.16 at 10:17 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (67-61): W, 2-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Marco Hernandez came through, with his go-ahead home run giving the PawSox the win. It was his fifth minor league home run of the season.
“He’s got great impact to his pull side,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told MiLB.com. “He’s been a spark plug for us.”
Hernandez, who went 3-for-4, has hit the ball out of the park in his last two home games. The 23-year-old is slashing .308/.344/.449 in 55 games.
— Brian Johnson performed well in the start, limiting Syracuse to one run on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He fanned five and walked three.
“I’ve just been keeping it simple,” Johnson said. “I’ve been attacking the glove and going pitch to pitch.”
In his last five starts, Johnson has accumulated a 1.76 ERA after sporting a 5.25 ERA at one point this season. Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com now has a 3.19 ERA to go along with a 5-6 record in 17 minor league starts.
— Ryan Lamarre joined Hernandez as the only other PawSox player to collect multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He crossed home plate on a passed ball in the second inning after drilling his 15th double of the season and advancing to third on a ground ball. Lamarre, 27, has hit safely in his last seven games. He is now batting .300/.371/.430 in 76 minor league games.
— Joe Kelly picked up his second minor league save thanks to two shutout innings. He struck out four in the impressive outing. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 0.69 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances with the PawSox. Overall, he is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 17 outings.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Mauricio Dubon goes 3-for-6 in Sea Dogs doubleheader; Brandon Workman struggles in rehab outing||08.18.16 at 10:12 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (65-59): L, 9-4, at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— The IronPigs jumped on PawSox starter Justin Haley early, tagging him for four runs in the first inning and five in the second. That proved to be the difference, as Pawtucket couldn’t make up the difference at any point throughout the game.
The 25-year-old Haley made it just two innings, allowing all of Lehigh Valley’s nine runs, while allowing eight hits and a walk. Among the eight hits were a pair of home runs, one of which being a three-run blast and the other being a two-run shot. The loss dropped Haley to 7-4 this season with a 3.92 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
— None of the PawSox hitters had multi-hit games, while six of nine batters had at least one strikeout.
— Chris Dominguez did smack his ninth home run of the year home run, a solo shot in the second inning. The only other extra-base hit came via a Jose Vinicio triple in the third inning.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Haley pitches shutout for Pawtucket; Aneury Tavarez homers twice for Portland||08.08.16 at 9:13 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (60-54): W, 6-0/L, 3-6, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)
— In Game 1, Justin Haley pitched a complete-game shutout, lasting seven innings in a shortened game due to the doubleheader. The right-hander let up five hits and one walk in the outing while striking out four.
“He was aggressive, worked ahead in the count and he was very efficient,” PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. “He showed that sneaky fastball and he set the tone for us today.”
Haley, 25, now has won four straight starts and pitched two consecutive shutouts. He also has pitched at least six innings in his last five appearances. He is 11-7 with a 2.67 ERA this season.
— Offensively, Christian Vazquez led the way, going 3-for-3 with a double, 3 RBIs and a run. He hit a three-run double into right-center field to plate three runs in the third inning, and that would prove to be all the support Haley needed on the mound.
Vazquez, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run against Buffalo on Friday, is slashing .276/.366/.368 and has 11 RBIs in 25 games with Pawtucket. He totaled 10 RBIs in 51 games with Boston before being sent down to Triple-A.
— Ryan LaMarre added a solo home run in the fifth inning to further cement Pawtucket’s lead. It was his seventh shot of the year. LaMarre, 27, now is batting .300/.374/.444 in 67 games.
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Jose Sermo hits 3-run triple in Salem win; Mitchell Gunsolus hits grand slam for Greenville||08.02.16 at 10:02 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (57-52): No game scheduled.
The PawSox had Monday off and will begin a three-game series at Rochester (Twins) on Tuesday.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (40-67): No game scheduled.
The Sea Dogs will return to the field on Tuesday, when they open a six-game homestand against Erie (Tigers).
HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (63-43): W, 11-7, at Wilmington (Royals)
— All nine Salem batters tallied at least one hit, and eight crossed home plate. The most important hit of the game belonged to Jose Sermo, who smacked a triple with the bases loaded in the second inning to drive in three and push the Red Sox lead to 9-1. He came home on a single in the next at-bat. Sermo, 25, is slashing .245/.302/.500 in 30 games this season.
— Daniel McGrath got the win thanks to Salem’s offense, as the southpaw gave up five earned runs on eight hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked three. The 22-year-old Australian has pitched at least five innings in his last 10 starts. McGrath is 5-5 with a 3.98 ERA in 13 outings. He has thrown two complete games this year.
— Danny Mars was one of three Salem batters to collect two hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The two-bagger was his 14th of the year. Mars, 22, has hit safely in seven consecutive games and has four multi-hit performances in that span. He is batting .283/.346/.385 in 95 games with 27 stolen bases.
— Bobby Poyner came in to relieve McGrath, holding Wilmington to one run on one hit in three innings. He fanned four and walked two in the outing. The 23-year-old left-hander is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 30 appearances. He is 14-for-14 in save opportunities.
|Red Sox notes: Craig Kimbrel scheduled to pitch Saturday in Pawtucket, other players nearing rehab assignments||07.27.16 at 12:19 pm ET|
Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Tigers, Red Sox manager John Farrell provided a number of updates on injuries and looming rehab assignments.
Craig Kimbrel had his second successful bullpen session Wednesday and barring any unforeseen residual soreness Thursday, he will begin a rehab stint in Pawtucket on Saturday.
“The next step will be to make sure tomorrow there will be no residual discomfort, swelling of any type, which at this point we wouldn’t expect there would be,” Farrell said. “He came through today’s bullpen I think in good shape, he went through some PFP (pitchers fielding practice). The next step would be a game on Saturday with Pawtucket.”
Depending on how Kimbrel feels, the rehab stint could be just one game.
“It can be as few as one,” Farrell said when asked if the rehab would be limited to just one game. “It’ll just be dependent upon physically how Craig feels and if he feels like just the one appearance just to get back into a game environment puts him in a good spot to rejoin us back on the West Coast … that would be the most optimistic scenario.”
Kimbrel has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 9 with a torn left meniscus suffered shagging balls during batting practice. He underwent successful surgery July 11.
Among the slew of other injured and unavailable Red Sox players include Ryan Hanigan (available only in an emergency situation Wednesday), Brandon Workman, Sean O’Sullivan, Chris Young and Josh Rutledge.
|Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Brandon Workman leaves rehab outing with apparent injury; Yoan Moncada homers again||07.09.16 at 9:14 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (46-42): Game vs. Bulls (Rays) suspended due to rain after third inning.
— The game was suspended due to rain before the top of the fourth inning with Durham leading, 2-0. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 5:35 p.m.
— Eduardo Rodriguez made the start for the PawSox and allowed two first inning runs. Before the rain came, the left-hander went three innings and allowed two runs on two hits, while walking a batter and striking out three.
DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (31-56): L, 4-2, at Hartford (Rockies)
— The Sea Dogs got a decent start from Jalen Beeks as he went five innings, allowing one run on three hits, while walking three and striking out five. Then in relief, Taylor Grover took the loss as he allowed three runs on four hits over three innings of work. He’s now 1-1 on the year with a 4.95 ERA.
— Yoan Moncada continued his recent hot streak as he went 2-for-4 with a home run. It was his fifth homer in 16 games with Double-A Portland after hitting four with High-A Salem in 61 games. Moncada has an eight-game hit streak where he’s batting .406 (13-for-32) with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
— Andrew Benintendi also had a productive night at the plate going 2-for-4. He is now batting .288 with Double-A Portland.
— Both players will miss Saturday’s doubleheader as they will travel to San Diego for Sunday’s Futures Game.
|Brandon Workman undergoes successful Tommy John surgery||06.15.15 at 11:29 pm ET|
The PRP injection Brandon Workman received in the middle of April to help repair his right elbow strain apparently didn’t help.
Late Monday night, the team announced the right-hander underwent successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow performed by Dr. James Andrews.
The injury occurred at the end of spring training and he was placed on the minor league DL as he began the year in Triple-A Pawtucket not throwing a pitch, but later it was reversed as the actual injury occurred when he was on the major league roster.
It is worth noting Workman is on the major league disabled list and not the minor league disabled list, as there are major implications. By being on the major league roster his salary is be $539,000. If he was in the minors it would be $213,000. Also more importantly, by being on the major league DL he gets a full year of service time.
|Red Sox acquire OF Alejandro De Aza, cash from Orioles in exchange for minor league RHP Joe Gunkel||06.03.15 at 5:54 pm ET|
The Red Sox officially acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza and cash considerations from the Orioles in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel on Wednesday. To make room on the 40-man roster Brandon Workman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
De Aza is expected to join the team Thursday where he would need to be added to the 25-man roster. The obvious move seems to be to DFA outfielder Carlos Peguero, who they just acquired last week.
The 31-year-old De Aza was acquired by the Orioles on Aug. 30, 2014 in exchange for two minor leaguers. The lefty hitter .293 with a .877 OPS over 20 games in the final month of that season, while totaling a .214 average and .636 OPS in 30 games with Baltimore this year.
Manager John Farrell gave insight onto how the team expects to use the outfielder on the Red Sox Radio pregame show prior to Wednesday afternoon’s game.
“He gave them a little over a year of really good production for them in Baltimore,” the manager said to Joe Castiglione. “Given our reserve group of players, with Daniel Nava being down, De Aza has been in that role a little bit in Baltimore where he has come off the bench. He’s been a little bit of a platoon player. I’m not saying De Aza is going to come in here and platoon in left with Hanley. But at the same time we’ve got a veteran, a guy who can run, a guy that can play all three outfield positions. He’s en route for most of today from the Dominican so it’s unlikely he’ll be here for any of the day-night doubleheader today. We were able to acquire a veteran guy who has some success and track record.”
Gunkel has split time this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, combining to go 3-2 with two saves, a 2.90 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 12 outings, including five starts. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2013 June Draft.
Workman was on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain suffered at the end of spring training. He visited with Dr. James Andrews and received a PRP injection back in the middle of April.
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|Red Sox pregame notes: Why John Farrell isn’t panicking with starting rotation just yet||04.27.15 at 4:35 pm ET|
There’s no denying the Red Sox‘ starting rotation has got off to a poor start this year.
Through the first 19 games of the season, the rotation has a collective ERA of 5.75, the worst in baseball. There have been 32 starts in baseball this season where a starter has allowed seven or more runs, and the Red Sox are responsible for five of them.
Three of the five Red Sox starters have ERA’s over 5.16 — Justin Masterson (5.16), Rick Porcello (6.48) and Wade Miley (8.62).
Although it’s been a difficult four turns through the rotation, it’s roughly only 8 percent of the season. Prior to Monday’s game, manager John Farrell hinted he won’t be making changes to the rotation just yet.
“To me you’re probably into that 6-8 starts gives you a pretty good snap shot of not only where you’ve been, but where you’re going,” Farrell said when asked about when the results stop being considered a small sample size.
“Hopefully by that time you’re north of 40 innings for a given starter if you’re in that eight start mark,” he added. “That’s roughly 20 percent of the season, so it’s starting to give you a little bit of a gauge of where you are.”
The starters are struggling to go deep into games, as four times over the first 19 games the starter has not lasted five innings. They’ve also had issues within the game, failing to make key pitches when they need to. Opposing hitters against Red Sox starters this year are hitting .337 with runners in scoring position.
“I don’t think there is any added emphasis that we can place or a pitcher can place on how we feed off each other,” said Farrell. “Those things sort of evolve naturally. It goes back to what is that particular starter doing tonight and that might call for some key pitches, three or four times during a game to get through a tough spot, but they can’t look beyond anything they don’t have control over and that is executing this pitch this time.”
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