|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Cole Sturgeon the Portland hero with emergency win, walkoff run; Trey Ball, Michael Kopech rolling in Single-A||07.03.15 at 9:46 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-44): L, 14-2, vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)
— Boston outfielder Daniel Nava began his rehab assignment (sprained thumb), hitting in the two-hole as the DH and going 1-for-3 with two strikeouts. Nava, 32, was placed on the DL on May 28 after struggling through a .159 start to his season in Boston through 27 games.
— The PawSox took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI groundout by center fielder Rusney Castillo and an RBI single from right fielder Carlos Peguero. Then Scranton/W-B opened up the floodgates with a five-run fourth inning and a seven-run sixth, battering Pawtucket RHP Zeke Spruill for 10 earned runs on 11 hits over his 5 1/3 innings.
— LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston’s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) was no answer out of the bullpen, as the 23-year-old allowed four earned runs in just two-thirds of a inning. Escobar entered with the bases loaded in the sixth and gave up a grand slam, followed by a walk, two singles and two doubles. Escobar missed the first two months of the season with elbow inflammation, and since returning to Pawtucket has allowed 12 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings (12.46 ERA). Escobar was acquired with RHP Heath Hembree from San Francisco in exchange for Jake Peavy near the 2014 MLB trade deadline.
— First baseman Allen Craig had the only multi-hit night for the PawSox, going 2-for-4. In 42 games with Pawtucket, Craig’s slash line is .282/.403/.383. He has hits in four of his last five games after hitting just .235 over 24 games in June.
|Red Sox pregame notes: Brian Johnson not on his way up despite skipped start Wednesday; Daniel Nava injury update||06.03.15 at 12:12 pm ET|
There was some buzz Wednesday morning when the PawSox lineup card was released and scheduled starter Brian Johnson was not on it and Miguel Celestino was starting in his place.
With Eduardo Rodriguez called up and making his major league debut last week, there was speculation it could be Johnson’s turn this week, but manager John Farrell poured cold water over that thought.
“There’s a typical approach taken with all starters there where they ail skip a start at some point in time the year and it wasn’t to bring him up or anything other than kind of a normal cycle guys go through,” Farrell said.
Farrell anticipates Johnson to make his next scheduled start with Pawtucket five days from now.
Johnson is 6-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 10 starts with the PawSox this season. This is following a 2014 season which saw him go 13-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland.
— Daniel Nava was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Thursday with a left thumb strain. Following an MRI, there’s no timetable for his return.
“Has not swung a bat yet,” Farrell said. “The MRI confirmed that there is a contusion in the muscle in the left hand that’s up from the thumb towards the palm. There’s inflammation that is going on there that they are still trying to calm down and heel. So, he’s going through treatment, some strengthening and I don’t have a date that he will put a bat back in his hand yet.”
OTHER RED SOX NOTES
— There was a report early Wednesday morning that the Red Sox had acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Orioles. Farrell wouldn’t confirm or deny the report, but did say if they were to add an outfielder, he wouldn’t be added to the roster for Game 2.
“I’m aware of the report that is out there on acquiring another outfielder,” Farrell said. “There’s no move to announce right now. The best thing I can say is Ben [Cherington] is always looking for ways to improve the roster and look at every opportunity to do that.”
|Source: Red Sox place Daniel Nava on DL, reliever Robbie Ross summoned||05.28.15 at 1:52 pm ET|
ARLINGTON, Texas — According to a major league source, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Robbie Ross.
There had been speculation that Nava would be designated for assignment, particularly after the Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Peguero is a left-handed hitter with excellent power (167 HRs in the minors).
Nava, meanwhile, is hitting just .159 with no homers and a .440 OPS in 27 games. Counted on to provide balance to an overwhelmingly right-handed lineup, the switch-hitting Nava (who’s far better from the left side) instead never got untracked. He even briefly gave up switch hitting, facing lefties from the left side and going 0-for-2.
There’s no word yet on what his injury is, but a DL stint allows him to remain in the organization. Because he’s out of options, he couldn’t be sent to Triple-A without first being exposed to every other team in baseball.
As for Ross, he owns a 5.14 ERA in 14 appearances. He’s already in Texas, and will be active against his former team. He went 13-8 with a 4.06 ERA from 2012-14 with the Rangers.
|Red Sox injury updates: Shane Victorino out with ‘general soreness'; Pablo Sandoval ‘much improved’||05.21.15 at 5:10 pm ET|
Shane Victorino was in the original lineup posted shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday, but just a few minutes later a revised one was sent out with Victorino scratched and Daniel Nava inserted to make his third straight start in right field.
“[Victorino] is held out tonight with some soreness,” said manager John Farrell. “It’s more centralized around the left calf. Not anything related to the lower back or hamstring that he’s dealt with in the past. Precautionary he’s held out tonight.”
The right fielder was inserted as a pinch-hitter for Nava Wednesday and went 2-for-2. He is hitting .421 since returning from the disabled list on May 11 following a hamstring injury suffered on April 25.
“Not anything inside of last night’s game that caused anything,” said Farrell of the late scratch. “Just general soreness. Like I said, general soreness overall, but somewhat localized in the calf.”
Farrell is hopeful he will be available over the weekend.
Over the past two seasons, Victorino has missed a total of 153 games with a variety of injuries, mostly to his back and hamstring. Given the 34 year old’s injury history, Farrell said it wasn’t totally unexpected to have to scratch him without much advance notice.
“Not unexpected to a certain extent,” Farrell said. “You know you’re going to have to run him out there a few days, back off on days even if he feels he’s capable. Almost to protect him against himself. This is a little bit unforeseen, but like I said, you walk in the clubhouse everyday knowing there are 25 guys at your disposal and that is not always the case.”
The news is better for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who is out of the lineup again after missing Wednesday’s game following taking a 97 mph fastball off the knee Tuesday night.
“Pablo is much improved today,” said Farrell. “There is still some soreness there. Giving him another day, particularly with a left-handed starter on the mound and we anticipate him back in the lineup tomorrow.”
Brock Holt starts at third base in Sandoval’s absence.
It’s also worth noting Rusney Castillo will return to the PawSox lineup Thursday and hit second following being out the last two days on paternity leave. It shouldn’t be long before the outfielder is in Boston.
|Closing Time: Red Sox can’t get clutch hit, Joe Kelly’s strong start spoiled in loss||05.20.15 at 10:23 pm ET|
Wednesday was Rangers starter Phil Klien’s first major league start, and just fifth professional start, as Texas has converted the reliever into a starter, but you wouldn’t know it by the way the Red Sox made him look.
The home team scored just one run off him in his 5 1/3 innings, and that would be all the runs they would score in the game, as they fell to the Rangers 2-1.
It wasn’t that they didn’t have any chances, as they had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth inning and didn’t score, runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth and didn’t score, runners on first and second for Hanley Ramirez in the seventh and didn’t score, and a runner on second with one out in the ninth and didn’t score.
Simply, the team just couldn’t get a clutch hit.
“There were a number times where we squared a ball up and someone is either running something down in the gap, or someone standing right there,” manger John Farrell said. “Mookie [Betts], five hard hit balls tonight, Hanley [Ramirez] with couple of line outs to end a couple of threats, Bogey [Xander Bogaerts] with a two-out line drive to center field — we’re getting a number of good at-bats, the ball is just not falling right now.”
As a team they were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and with their two outs with the bases loaded in the sixth, they are now 0 for their last 19 with the bases loaded as a team. Bogaerts provided the Red Sox with their only offense — a line shot that easily cleared the Monster for his second home run of the season in the fifth inning.
The lack of offense spoiled a good start from Joe Kelly. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out seven. It was the seventh straight game the Red Sox starter has gone at least six innings allowing two earned runs or less.
“After the third inning he really settled in,” Farrell said. “He used his curve ball a little bit more, elevated some fastballs for some strikeouts. And on a night where he wasn’t completely healthy in terms of some illness he was dealing with, he threw the ball exceptionally well
The Red Sox are averaging 2.39 runs per game in the month of May, and are now 19-21 after 40 games.
“It’s been a little bit up-and-down,” Farrell said of the season. “Of late we’re getting much more consistent pitching. You’d like to see, and I think we will see, an offense that is certainly going to score more runs than we have over the last eight or 10 games. I like where we are right now.”
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Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:
|Red Sox lineup: Pablo Sandoval (knee) out, Daniel Nava back in right field vs. Rangers||at 3:11 pm ET|
A night after getting hit in the knee with a pitch, Pablo Sandoval is out of the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night against the Rangers.
Brock Holt will take over at third base in Sandoval’s absence. Daniel Nava gets his second straight start in right field, although manager John Farrell on Dale & Holley said Shane Victorino would start in the series finale Thursday night.
Blake Swihart will be back behind the plate catching Red Sox starter Joe Kelly, as the Red Sox lineup goes up against right-hander Phil Klein.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|Red Sox lineup: No shakeup as Daniel Nava starts in right field vs. Rangers||05.19.15 at 3:16 pm ET|
It is a standard lineup as the Red Sox host the Rangers in the first of a three-game series.
Daniel Nava gets the start in right field against Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo. After getting a day off Sunday, and the team day off Monday, David Ortiz returns to the lineup Tuesday.
Blake Swihart will catch Red Sox starter Wade Miley.
Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:
|Closing Time: Led by Wade Miley, Red Sox squeak past Athletics, 2-0||05.13.15 at 6:12 pm ET|
Things didn’t look good at the start for Red Sox starter Wade Miley — walking the first two batters of the game on nine pitches.
But, the Athletics didn’t score in the inning, setting up the theme of the game for Miley — getting into trouble, but being able to get out of it.
Led by Miley, the Red Sox were able to outlast Sonny Gray and the A’s, taking the rubber game of the series, 2-0.
Miley went 6 2/3 innings without allowing a run on five hits, while walking four and striking out one. The left-hander picked up his first win since April 21, after he came into the game a loser in his last three starts. Although the A’s threatened in many innings, Miley was able to escape damage with the A’s going 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
“Three starts ago I really felt like I was getting a better feel for where I wanted to be with my mechanics and I was trying to build off that,” Miley said. “[Wednesday] was one of those days, just a grind. They were hitting some pitches, finding some holes, getting on base. The first inning I didn’t really help, walking the first two guys, but after – I definitely am going in the right direction.”
“I think you look at the last three, there’s been more consistency, there’s been, I thought, better stuff in the bottom of the strike zone,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “Even the game in Toronto in which he came away with a loss, I thought he pitched better than the line. Today that showed up to be the case.”
Gray picked up a tough loss as he went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits, while striking out nine. The A’s ace retired last 13 batters he faced. It was his first loss of the season, as he entered the game 4-0.
The Red Sox scored their first run of the game in the second inning. Hanley Ramirez led the inning off with a single and after two strikeouts, Ramirez advanced to second on a wild pitch and was driven in on a two-out single by Daniel Nava.
The visitors were able to add an insurance run in the eighth inning when Nava scored on an error with two outs by shortstop Marcus Semien, as his throw on a ground ball in the hole air-mailed first base. It was ruled a single with Nava scoring on the error.
It was the Red Sox’ first series win since April 29 at home against the Blue Jays. Overall they are 2-6 in their last eight series’ after starting the year 3-0-1.
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|Who wants to step up and play right field for the Red Sox?||05.04.15 at 5:31 pm ET|
The Red Sox are searching for someone to step up and claim the starting right field job.
Through the first 25 games the team has had four different players appear at the position — Shane Victorino (12 games), Daniel Nava (9), Allen Craig (5) and Brock Holt (4). Unfortunately for the team, none of the four have done much with their opportunity.
The right field position has combined to hit .128/.240/.174, which is good for the worst average and slugging percentage, as well as the second to worst on-base percentage in all of baseball.
Victorino was getting the majority of the starts, but he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 25 with a right hamstring strain. Even with his absence, the team still has capable players of performing.
“We feel like it was going to be matchups,” manager John Farrell said of how the team was looking to replace Victorino. “We’re still looking for ways to keep Allen Craig in the mix, try to get him going. The guys that we’re rotating through there, there’s some track records to each. You run with a guy for a while, let them have it, see what they’re going to produce. And then, at the same time, trying to keep everyone in the mix as best possible.
“That has been a position where it’s certainly open for someone to jump up and take it.”
Victorino will likely rehab with Portland on Friday and Saturday, with the possibility of Sunday as well. He’s eligible to return Friday, but with the team playing on the new turf in Toronto, that was never really an option. All things point to him returning in Oakland a week from Monday.
“It’s been a little bit more volatile in terms of who’s played there than we anticipated going into the start of the season or would otherwise like,” Farrell said of the right field position. “But trying to get some left-handed production, particularly against right-handed starters. That’s where we are.”
Victorino was hitting just .143 before going on the disabled list. Craig has just five hits in 37 at-bats this season (.135) and is striking out in almost 25 percent of his at-bats. Holt got off to a hot start to the year, but has cooled off as he’s 0 for his last 5 and 1-for-14 on the homestand.
With how powerful the Red Sox‘ offense is, having a position batting .128 isn’t going to last long, so despite the number of players vying for the position, it’s out there for the taking.
|Red Sox lineup: Blake Swihart makes 2nd straight start, Daniel Nava in RF in series finale vs. Yankees||05.03.15 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
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