|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Andrew Benintendi homers for Portland; Rusney Castillo homers for Pawtucket||06.30.16 at 10:25 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-39): W, 3-2, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— A pair of semi-familiar faces in Boston, Roenis Elias and Rusney Castillo carried the PawSox to a series win over Rochester in the rubber match of the series.
— Castillo drilled a home run in the second inning to put the PawSox on the board first, and later scored the go-ahead run in the sixth after being driven in by Chris Dominguez. The Cuban was 2-for-4 on the night and is now hitting .242 this season.
— Roenis Elias was solid in the win, climbing to 5-3 on the season with a 3.73 ERA. He went six innings allowing three hits and two runs (one of which was earned) while striking out and walking two.
— Brock Holt went 0-for-3 in his rehab assignment and was replaced by Henry Ramos in the sixth inning. Also on a rehab assignment was Ryan Hanigan, who went 1-for-2 with a walk before being replaced by Ali Solis.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Brock Holt goes 3-for-4 with PawSox; Andrew Benintendi stays hot with Portland||06.27.16 at 11:13 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-38): L, 9-3, vs. Scranton (Yankees)
— Brock Holt continued to show signs of improvement on his rehab assignment, going 3-for-4 with a run and a walk. Sunday’s game was his sixth start for Pawtucket and the second time he’s played nine innings in left field in a span of 24 hours. His performance came after going 2-for-3 on Saturday.
“Today was a good day, probably the best so far,” Holt told MiLB.com. “It was good to get out there on a short break after last night’s game and still feel pretty good.”
Holt is slashing .421/.522/.526 in six games with Pawtucket.
— Henry Owens got the start for Pawtucket, lasting just four innings while allowing five runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked five en route to collecting his fourth loss this season. Since being optioned to Pawtucket from Boston on May 6, Owens is 4-3 with a 4.61 ERA. The 23-year-old southpaw has tallied more walks than strikeouts in two of his last three outings.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: RHP Sean O’Sullivan goes 7 shutout innings for PawSox; Brock Holt 2-for-3 in rehab assignment||06.26.16 at 10:33 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (39-37): W, 7-3 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Starter Sean O’Sullivan pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four baserunners on three singles and a double to win for the fourth time in five June starts. Playing in front of a season-high 10,247 fans at McCoy Stadium, the 28-year-old right-hander struck out six and did not walk a batter in improving to 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 11 Triple-A games this season.
“It was really just about getting ahead in the count,” O’Sullivan told MiLB.com. “I tried to use all my pitches and luckily I was able to throw everything for strikes and fortunately they hit some balls hard right at our defense.”
— Right fielder Henry Ramos went 3-for-4 and collected four RBIs, on two run-scoring singles and a deep two-run home run to right field in the sixth.
“From that left side, he’s got some impact to right field,” manager Kevin Boles said of the switch-hitter. “We’ve seen him manage his at-bats, he can drive the ball; he does a lot of things well.”
Ramos, 24, is hitting .323/.338/.516 with two home runs an 10 RBIs in 17 games with the PawSox since being promoted from Double-A Portland.
— Brock Holt, continuing his rehab assignment as he works his way back to Boston following a concussion, played all nine innings in left field. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs, and he picked up an outfield assist in the fourth inning.
“I feel better,” Holt said after his fifth game in Triple-A. “It’s just been about getting out there and getting more at-bats.”
Said Boles: “Brock played well and got tested in a lot of different ways. He had some pretty good at-bats, and you can tell it’s a professional AB when he goes up there.”
|Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: Yoan Moncada hits 1st Double-A home run||06.25.16 at 10:35 am ET|
Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-37): L, 8-5, vs. Scranton/Wilkes Barre (Yankees)
— It was a wild game as the PawSox rallied from 3-0 and 5-3 deficits, but eventually fell in 10 innings as Scranton/Wilkes Barre hit back-to-back-to-back solo home runs off reliever Robby Scott in the 10th inning to hand the PawSox the loss. It was the first time Pawtucket has allowed back-to-back-to-back home runs since such records were first kept in 1977.
— Roenis Elias didn’t have his best performance from the mound. The left-hander allowed five runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three, struck out three and also surrendered three home runs. He’s now 4-3 with a 3.93 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP in 11 Triple-A games this season.
— Brock Holt and Ryan Hanigan continued their rehabs with the PawSox. Holt played seven innings in left field in his fourth rehab game. He hit the ball hard, but went 0-for-4 at the plate lining out in each of his first two at-bats.
“Holt did a nice job and he was encouraged about his day today,” said manager Kevin Boles via MiLB.com. “He got challenged four times out in the outfield, had a real clean break on a ball and had good closing speed on a ball coming in.”
Hanigan played five innings at catcher in the second game of his rehab assignment and went 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch. Behind the plate he picked a runner off and also threw out a runner trying to steal second.
“He looked good and caught well,” said Boles.
|Friday Red Sox farm report: Ryan Hanigan (1-for-3), Brock Holt (0-for-2) rehab with Pawtucket||06.24.16 at 11:09 am ET|
Here is a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-36): L, 6-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— Ryan Hanigan (neck) took the first step in returning to the big league club by starting his rehab assignment in Pawtucket. Hanigan started the game as the PawSox’ designated. In the bottom of the third, Hanigan doubled to left field scoring Pawtucket’s only run of the game. Hanigan finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
“Hanigan swung the bat well,” said manager Kevin Boles. “He managed his at-bats and said he felt fine afterwards so that’s a good first game for him.”
— Brock Holt made his third rehab start for Pawtucket, as he works to come back from a concussion. Holt committed a throwing error at shortstop in the second inning and the plate went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
— PawSox starter Justin Haley ran into trouble in the second inning when he surrendered five runs on four hits. Aside from that inning, Haley retired 13 of 15 batters he faced. Haley was pulled from the game after 5 1/3 innings allowing six runs, four hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
“We didn’t see the command that we saw from the first outing, but we also saw some good signs from him,” said Boles.
|LF Chris Young (hamstring) to disabled list, corresponding move not yet known||06.23.16 at 7:27 pm ET|
The Red Sox outfield took another hit Thursday when Chris Young pulled his hamstring rounding first base after ripping a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning in the Red Sox’ 8-7 extra innings win over the White Sox.
Young fell to the ground in serious pain grabbing the back of his right leg and needed help off the field from the trainer and manager John Farrell.
It was a severe enough strain that the team was able to already say he would be going on the 15-day disabled list after the game.
“This is significant enough that we can make the DL call right now,” Farrell said.
Young is hoping it isn’t as serious as it looked in the field at the time and he will feel a little better when he wakes up on Friday.
“I have never had it before. I have never had that feeling before, so I really don’t know how it is going to respond,” Young said. “I mean it feels OK right now, so I mean I think that is a positive. Coming off the field I didn’t think I would be able to feel like I feel right now, so I am trying to be as optimistic as possible and see how it feels in the morning.”
As for his spot on the roster, Farrell said the team didn’t know who that would be, although he did rule out Brock Holt, who is still rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket as he works his way back from a concussion.
Another player it won’t likely be is Andrew Benintendi, as the 2015 first-round pick had just 456 minor league at-bats and just 123 in Double-A prior today. Given what has happened in the past with the organization in rushing players to the big leagues, it would seem they will take their time with him and thus he’s not an option.
The more likely player is Bryce Brentz, who is currently on the 40-man roster, and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski name-dropped him on Monday following the demotion of Rusney Castillo as an outfielder who is performing well. Brentz came into Thursday batting .278 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games with Pawtucket this season.
Also, the team will likely only need this roster spot for a few days as Holt is set to play nine innings over the weekend and if everything goes as planned and he comes out of it feeling good, it appears he could be ready for a return early next week.
But, on a larger scale, Holt is not best served as an everyday left fielder. He’s better off as a utility man, so with the injuries to Young, as well as Blake Swihart, the team could be adding left field to their list of needs before the trade deadline.
|Red Sox pregame notes: Hanley Ramirez ‘working through some things’ at the plate||06.22.16 at 6:04 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell explained why Hanley Ramirez will be dropped from fifth to seventh in the order for Wednesday’s game against the White Sox.
Ramirez is hitting just .179 with 11 strikeouts in 18 games in June. Since homering on June 15 to end a 35-day drought, Ramirez has gone 4-for-24 with six strikeouts.
As a result, he’ll be hitting as low as seventh for the first time since his rookie year of 2006. Chris Young moves up to the fifth spot in his place.
“Hanley has been working through some things to try and get his timing on track,” Farrell said. “Players are going to kind of tell you where they hit in the order. Chris has done an outstanding job this year, particularly against left-handed pitchers. And while Hanley works through the timing issues, well, we needed a little bit of a jumpstart or a spark potentially.”
Ramirez’s June 15 homer was his first since May 10 and one of the first true displays of hard contact Ramirez had shown in some time — a positive indication for Farrell.
“Even if it wasn’t a home run, you saw hard contact, and really that’s kind of what you’re looking for,” Farrell said. “When timing is a little bit more consistent or on the mark, the fact that it went out of the ballpark in my mind is irrelevant. The leg kick, the timing, the bat path, that’s all being worked on.”
It’s no secret the Red Sox are struggling at the plate. They’ve scored no more than three runs in five of their last eight games, which has focused the spotlight on manager John Farrell and some of his late-game decisions.
The numbers suggest the issue isn’t managerial, however, but personnel-related — specifically, the bottom of the lineup.
The seventh, eighth, and ninth spots were a strength for two months. Brock Holt hit .306 batting seventh. Bradley flourished in the nine-hole, batting .363 in 26 starts.
However, faced with injuries to Holt (concussion), Blake Swihart (ankle) and Hanigan (neck), Farrell has been forced to use inexperienced batters in high-pressure situations, with predictably poor results, which have landed the manager on the hot seat.
“You’re trying to create some matchups in your favor,” Farrell said before Wednesday’s game. “I think that the entire intent is to get the right matchup. It’s clear that’s debatable for some, but still, you’re in a situation where you’re reliant on multiple guys, not just one individual. Not every decision was inside a vacuum, it’s within the context of the lineup, who’s available to you, and what the bottom line score is.”
An obvious example comes from Boston’s 3-1 loss to the White Sox in 10 innings on Monday night. With the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, Farrell pinch hit Ryan LaMarre for Marco Hernandez. LaMarre, summoned from Pawtucket on Saturday, struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat this season.
Another example came Tuesday night, another 3-1 loss. Hernandez pinch hit for Deven Marrero with two outs in the ninth, and struck out swinging to end the game.
Farrell has had a difficult time navigating the bottom of the order since the injuries began to pile up. Hernandez is hitting .188 batting eighth or ninth. Marrero is 0-for-3 in the ninth spot, and LaMarre struck out his only at bat at the bottom of the order.
The Red Sox need Holt and Swihart back to bolster depth. Holt began his rehab assignment in Pawtucket on Monday, going 2-3 with two doubles. Swihart remains in a walking boot and will need to be reexamined before he is given a date to return.
“Particularly in Brock’s case, his versatility, his competitive at-bats and his baserunning, he made an impact when he was on the field,” Farrell said. “Unfortunately, injuries take guys away from you, and how guys step up to contribute in their absence, that’s a key for our team. Both guys are on the mend, looking forward to getting them back.”
|Red Sox pregame notes: David Ortiz lingering foot/heel issues are ‘real situations’||06.21.16 at 5:25 pm ET|
Prior to Tuesday’s game, Red Sox manager John Farrell addressed some injury concerns festering the team, including one that was suspected to not be as bad as it actually is in David Ortiz’s heel and foot.
Ortiz is not in the lineup for Tuesday’s game in order to recuperate physically, as the 40-year-old is fighting off lingering foot and heel problems.
“The heel and the feet, those are real situations that he’s managing,” Farrell said. “He’s putting forth every effort with the training staff to get him ready to keep him on the field. We also monitor the number of times he’s been on base.”
Ortiz currently leads the league in extra-base hits with 48 (29 doubles, and one triple). Through June 20th of last season, he was at 21.
“When he hits the ballpark he’s going to jog,” Farrell said. “Base hit he’s probably going to go easy. It’s the home to second or first to third that’s where it really starts to pile up on David.”
Farrell added that in the Red Sox’ two remaining road interleague series this season it would be highly unlikely to for Ortiz to take the field defensively. He also noted that he has a habit of checking in on Ortiz during the middle innings to assure he is feeling okay.
The Red Sox skipper also commented on the status of injured starter Joe Kelly, currently with Triple-A Pawtucket, who is expected to start throwing off the mound this weekend.
The righty was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 groin strain on June 12, retroactive to June 9 while in Pawtucket following his demotion on June 2.
Said Farrell: “Long toss continues. There’s improvement with the injury that he sustained, but the bullpen is hopefully this weekend.”
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|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: Brock Holt hits 2 doubles with Pawtucket in 1st rehab game||at 10:52 am ET|
Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system Monday.
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (37-33): W, 4-1, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— Brock Holt began his rehab assignment the going 2-for-3 with two doubles in the win. Holt, who working his way back from a concussion he suffered on May 18, played five innings in left field before being replaced by Bryce Brentz. This was part of the playing time progression the team has planned for him this week. Holt was batting .239/.310/.354 with the Red Sox before the injury.
— In his first game with Pawtucket after being promoted from Double-A Portland, infielder Ryan Court went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. He also hit RBI singles in his first two at-bats.
Signed to a minor league contract on May 2, Court joined Pawtucket after hitting .319/.409/.420 in 40 games with Portland. The Illinois State product is hitting .385 in his last 10 games.
— Sean O’Sullivan got the start for Pawtucket, allowing just one run over eight innings. He also struck out four and did not walk a batter in his second eight-inning start in three outings. He’s thrown at least seven innings in five of his last seven starts.
“He had a great mix of pitches and attacked the zone,” Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles told MiLB.com after the game. “He was very efficient and kept our defense involved.”
Besides a brief stint with the Red Sox in May, O’Sullivan has been solid for the PawSox this season. The 28-year-old is 5-2 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in ten minor league starts. Drafted by the Angels in 2005, O’Sullivan ranks second on the team in innings pitched (64) and fourth in strikeouts (45).
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