|Red Sox injury updates: Hanley Ramirez ‘progressing'; Rusney Castillo getting left foot examined||08.15.15 at 11:52 am ET|
Although he’s out of the lineup for the sixth straight game after fouling a pitch off his foot on the road trip, he is “progressing.”
“Hanley Ramirez is progressing and doing well,” acting manager Torey Lovullo said. “Still feeling a little discomfort with that contusion. Like I said yesterday, we’re going to do right by these players and make sure their work up will allow them to play and participate at full speed without any limitations.”
— Rusney Castillo left Friday’s game after fouling a pitch off his left foot. It was announced as a left foot contusion and he is being examined Saturday morning for further information.
“Hope for good news,” Lovullo said.
— Starter Steven Wright was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after taking a flyball to the back of the neck during batting practice in Miami. Garin Cecchini will take his place on the roster. Lovullo said he could see time in left field or first base in a reserve role.
— With Wright being unavailable Monday, Matt Barnes was scratched from his start with Triple-A Pawtucket Saturday and will start Monday against the Indians. He recently switched back from being a reliever, but he’s been stretched out to 90 pitches.
“We thought about a couple options as far as the rotation moving forward,” Lovullo said. “We wanted to split up our lefties so we didn’t push anyone around, we kept everyone in line. He’s going to slot in there for us on Monday.”
Barnes was drafted as a starter in the first-round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Connecticut. Although he’s spent much of the last year or so as a reliever, the Red Sox have always viewed him as a starter.
“He’s been a proven starter at the minor league level,” Lovullo said. “Player development has recommended that this is a guy who could be a very qualified major league starting pitcher. Out of necessity we needed to move him to the bullpen. I think as young player go we all look them in different ways and when you have the stuff that he has you try and get him to the big leagues and contribute in whatever gap he can fill.
“In this case it was as a reliever for a period of time, but we’ve always viewed him as starter so we’re going to get him up here and we’re anxious to see what he can give us.”
|Saturday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox end 11-game losing streak with 10th inning win; Andrew Benintendi has 8-game hit streak||at 10:38 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (45-75): W, 7-6 (10 innings), at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
— Right fielder Jonathan Roof delivered a one-out RBI double in the top of the 10th inning Friday to give the PawSox their first win since August 2 in extra innings over Lehigh Valley. Left fielder Garin Cecchini scored from second after leading off the inning with a single and advancing on a sacrifice bunt by Humberto Quintero.
— The Pawtucket offense combined for 15 hits Friday, with three PawSox hitters posting three-hit games. Catcher Sandy Leon led the way, going 3-for-5 with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. Third baseman Carlos Rivero went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and shortstop Deven Marrero went 3-for-5 with a walk. Quintero also homered for Pawtucket and finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
— Righty reliever Jorge Marban earned the win in his first appearance in a PawSox uniform, tossing the final 1 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two after coming on in relief of righty Noe Ramirez, who lasted just 1/3 of an inning and gave up four runs — three earned — on three hits and a walk. Marban had a 2-1 record with four saves and a 1.36 ERA in 24 games with Portland earlier this season.
— Zeke Spruill started for Pawtucket and went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, including a solo home run. He walked none and recorded a season-high eight strikeouts. The 25-year-old right-hander is 4-9 with two saves and a 4.29 ERA after 10 starts and 21 relief appearances for Pawtucket this season.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: William Cuevas solid in Triple-A debut; Sea Dogs’ Sam Travis has 13-game hit streak||08.07.15 at 8:27 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-68): L, 4-0, vs. Syracuse (Nationals)
— RHP William Cuevas made his Triple-A debut, starting and taking the loss despite a solid final line of: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO (102 pitches, 67 strikes). The 24-year-old Cuevas allowed two solo home runs in the game, in the first and sixth innings, retiring 13 of 14 in a stretch in-between before allowing back-to-back walks to batters in the fifth. Cuevas recovered to strand both runners with a strikeout to end the fifth on his signature changeup.
The 6-foot Cuevas was an Eastern League All-Star for Double-A Portland this season, posting an 8-5 record with a 3.40 ERA in 19 starts while holding opponents to a .233 average with only four home runs allowed. Cuevas struck out 91 batters and walked 41 over 95 1/3 innings.
— The PawSox offense was shut out for an International League-leading 16th time in 2015, as eight hits (including three doubles) were not enough to plate a run on a 1-for-8 night with runners in scoring position.
Left fielder Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-4 with a double from the cleanup spot of the order, giving him hits in 10 of his last 12 games as he’s raised his average from .216 to .228 over that span. The 24-year-old Cecchini was slashing just .193/.270/.294 through June, but hit .293/.366/.354 through 23 games in July and is hitting .348 (8-for-23) through six games so far in August. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cecchini spent the majority of 2014 with Pawtucket hitting .263 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs in 114 games before making his major league debut in an 11-game stint late last season.
— First baseman Jeff Bianchi also reached base twice Thursday, going 2-for-4, and Pawtucket got doubles from second baseman Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 10 prospect at MLB.com) and DH Matt Spring, although Bianchi and Spring failed to capitalize on a seventh-inning situation when the PawSox had runners on second and third with no outs, popping out and grounding into a double play, respectively.
— RHP Dayan Diaz pitched two innings of relief and allowed two insurance runs to score for Syracuse in the ninth after walking two and allowing two singles. Diaz, 26, has made 21 relief appearances for the PawSox since his promotion from Portland on May 11, going 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA over 46 1/3 innings, striking out 39 and walking 23. The 5-foot-10 Colombia native has allowed runs in two of his last three outings after a span of 11 straight scoreless appearances.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Matt Barnes to start for PawSox; William Cuevas, Aaron Wilkerson promoted||08.05.15 at 9:01 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-66): L, 3-1, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— Left fielder Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) reached base four times, going 3-for-3 with a double and the only Pawtucket RBI of the game with a two-out single in the sixth inning that scored catcher Sandy Leon. The 24-year-old Cecchini is hitting just .225 this season through 90 games, but he is coming off a .293 month of July and now has hits in eight of his last 10 games to bring his average to its highest point since April 15. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cecchini spent the majority of 2014 with Pawtucket, hitting .263 with a team-leading 57 RBIs and an International League-best 29-game streak of reaching safely.
— Third baseman Marco Hernandez went 2-for-4, the only other PawSox batter with multiple hits on a seven-hit night for the offense. The 22-year-old Hernandez is slashing .279/.296/.441 through 18 games in Triple-A with 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Acquired by Boston last season as the player to be named later in the trade of Felix Doubront to the Cubs, Hernandez has played third base in four straight games after not playing there in a professional game since 2011. Hernandez has played the majority of this season at shortstop.
— Leon went 1-for-4 with the run scored, hitting third in the batting order for the fourth consecutive game since reporting to Pawtucket. The 26-year-old Leon has hits in all four Triple-A games, starting 5-for-14 with four walks and four runs scored after hitting just .180 this year in the majors with Boston in 33 games played. According to Fangraphs, Leon ranked as the 21st most valuable defensive catcher through 253 MLB innings behind the plate.
— RHP Zeke Spruill took the loss despite a quality start and final line of: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (101 pitches, 64 strikes). The 25-year-old Spruill (4-8, 4.54 ERA) allowed two home runs in the game, back-to-back solo shots in the second inning to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead. In the sixth, back-to-back Syracuse triples brought in another run. The 6-foot-5 Spruill was designated for assignment on July 3, and in five appearances since (four starts) Spruill has allowed seven earned runs over 24 innings, an ERA of 2.63.
— RHP Jonathan Aro pitched two scoreless and hitless frames of relief, striking out the side in the eighth while walking one batter. The 6-foot Dominican returned to Pawtucket on Aug. 1 after a second, quick stint in the majors with Boston during which time he did not pitch. Aro allowed a run on three hits in his return to the PawSox last Saturday.
— As reported in the Providence Journal, RHP Matt Barnes will be transitioned back into a starting pitcher and will take the ball for Pawtucket on Wednesday. Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2011 draft (19th overall) out of the University of Connecticut, Barnes, 25, made 24 starts for Double-A Portland in 2013 and 22 starts for Pawtucket last season before making the move to the bullpen. This season Barnes pitched 22 1/3 innings of relief in the majors, allowing 14 earned runs (5.64 ERA) with 22 strikeouts and eight walks.
|Tuesday Red Sox Farm Report: PawSox offense struggles against rehabbing Stephen Strasburg; Luis Ramos takes loss in Greenville debut||08.04.15 at 9:42 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (44-65): L, 9-3, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— Left-hander Edwin Escobar took the loss in his first start of the season. He allowed four earned runs in three innings of work on six hits and one walk. He also struck out one. In 13 games for Pawtucket this season, Escobar is 0-2 with an 8.69 ERA.
— Lefty Robby Scott also tossed three innings for the PawSox Monday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Tommy Layne and Heath Hembree combined for two scoreless innings.
— The Pawtucket offense faced Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who is rehabbing after a DL stint with a left oblique strain. Strasburg struck out 11 in 5 2/3 innings but was tagged with two earned runs on a two-out double by Mike Miller in the second inning. Allen Craig and Garin Cecchini led off the frame with back-to-back singles and came around to score.
— Craig finished the day 3-for-4 with a run scored. Miller posted the only other multi-hit game for Pawtucket, going 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and two RBIs.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Jackie Bradley Jr. continues success at plate; Andrew Benintendi homers again||07.23.15 at 9:05 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-57): L, 6-2, at Norfolk (Orioles)
— Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. led the Pawtucket offense once again, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk. The triple was the first of the season for Bradley, who has 18 doubles, nine home runs and 27 RBIs and is hitting .318 after 66 games with Pawtucket.
— Garin Cecchini also posted a multi-hit game for the PawSox, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The 24-year-old Cecchini, who played left field Wednesday, is hitting .219 on the season.
— Robby Scott made his first Triple-A start and went just two innings, giving up all six Norfolk runs. He allowed six hits — including a home run — walked two and struck out one. The 25-year-old left-hander is now 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in five games for Pawtucket this season. He posted a 1-1 record and a 2.06 ERA in 25 relief appearances in Portland earlier this year.
— The Pawtucket bullpen was solid Wednesday, as relievers Heath Hembree, Matt Barnes and Ronald Belisario combined for six no-hit innings.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Tzu-Wei Lin wins it for Portland; Anderson Espinoza, Yoan Aybar rising in Gulf Coast League||07.22.15 at 9:24 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-56): L, 12-2, at Norfolk (Orioles)
— Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-3 with a walk as the DH to lead the way on an unimpressive night for the Pawtucket offense, as the PawSox managed just five total hits. Cecchini doubled in the second, singled in the seventh and walked to start the ninth before running home on catcher Humberto Quintero’s fifth home run of the season. The 24-year-old Cecchini has hit .307 in July (16-for-52), albeit with only two extra-base hits, after his season-long average bottomed out at .186 on July 5. Over the past 10 games Gecchini is hitting .394 (15-for-38).
— Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was 1-for-4 from the second spot in the batting order, putting his average at an International League fourth-best mark of .314. Bradley is hitting .291 in July over 13 games with five homers.
First baseman Travis Shaw and right fielder Allen Craig hit behind Bradley, going a collective 0-for-6 with a walk each.
— RHP Jonathan Aro (Boston’s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a double but suffering no damage. Aro has struck out 37 batters while walking just six in 29 2/3 innings in Triple-A this year. The 24-year-old made his major league debut in late June, allowing runs in all three of his big league appearances for Boston.
— Prior to the game Pawtucket promoted LHP Robby Scott from Portland. Scott was an Eastern League All-Star for the Sea Dogs, carrying a 2.06 ERA (43 23 IP, 10 ER) with 41 strikeouts to 13 walks. Left-handed batters hit just .111 off him. Scott has had two prior, brief Triple-A stints this year in April and May, allowing three earned runs while striking out 10 over 10 innings of work.
Pawtucket also placed outfielder Carlos Peguero on the disabled list (wrist sprain) and added infielder Jeff Bianchi from temporary inactive.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Joe Kelly solid in 7-inning effort with PawSox; Rafael Devers drives in 3 runs in Greenville loss||06.29.15 at 8:56 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-39): W, 3-2 (11 innings), vs. Gwinnett (Braves)
— Second baseman Sean Coyle drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th inning to bring in the winning run. Mike Adams crossed the plate on Coyle’s free pass after pinch-running for Allen Craig, who singled to right to leadoff the frame. Garin Cecchini was intentionally walked and Jemile Weeks also walked to load the bases.
— Cecchini hit a two-run single to right to tie the game in the sixth inning. The 24-year-old lefty, who played left field Sunday, finished the day 2-for-4 with a double and the 11th-inning walk. The 24-year-old is hitting .201 with 13 RBIs through 60 games this season.
— Right-hander Noe Ramirez earned his fourth win of the season after tossing a perfect 11th inning. Ramirez is 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings over 15 appearances, including one start.
— Joe Kelly made his first start in a Pawtucket uniform after he was optioned to the Triple-A club on June 25. Kelly allowed two runs on five hits and one walk with four strikeouts over seven innings Sunday. The right-hander has a 2-5 record and a 5.67 ERA in 14 starts with Boston this season.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Garin Cecchini hits 2 HRs; Matt Barnes fans all 5 batters he faces; Pat Light proves human||06.19.15 at 8:32 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
— Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com) broke out with two home runs and his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored as he hit out of the six-hole in the PawSox lineup. Both long balls came on 3-2 counts as the leadoff batter of an inning, with Cecchini’s blast in the second frame an opposite-field shot over the left-center wall, and his fourth-inning dinger pulled over the right-field fence on a pitch that was down and in. Cecchini, 24, also had a line-drive single up the middle on a 3-1 pitch in the eighth, as well as a broken-bat bloop single in the ninth.
It has been a very tough season for Cecchini, as the four hits brought his batting average just over the .200 line for the first time since May 22. Cecchini went 36 games between home runs and between RBIs from April 13 through June 6, although he did miss eight games in April with left shoulder inflammation. On the year Cecchini has five homers and 10 RBIs in 51 games played. In 2014 over 114 games in Triple-A Cecchini hit .263 with a .341 on-base percentage to go with seven homers and 57 RBIs.
— Shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) also had a multi-hit night, going 3-for-5 with a double. Marrero now has three multi-hit games in his last five, on an 8-for-21 (.380) stretch with two doubles to bring his average up to .249.
— Recently demoted bullpen RHP Matt Barnes (Boston’s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) was electric in his relief work, striking out all five batters he faced. That’s now seven strikeouts over Barnes’ two appearances in 2 2/3 innings with Pawtucket, with just one hit allowed. On Thursday Barnes’ fastball sat at 94-95 mph on the BB&T Stadium radar gun, with his sharp curveball at 82-84 giving batters trouble, and a change-up showing arm-side fade at 86-88.
— Other than Barnes, PawSox pitching was hit hard by Charlotte as the Knights piled up 15 hits and completed a three-game sweep. Damaged in the carnage were relievers Dalier Hinojosa (3 1/3 IP, 3 ER), Edwin Escobar (1 IP, 5 ER), and Pat Light (1 1/3 IP, 2 ER), who gave up his first Triple-A runs after three perfect appearances since his promotion from Double-A Portland.
Escobar (Boston’s No. 17 prospect at MLB.com) allowed five earned runs on four hits and two walks in an inning plus, making just his third appearance of the season as he came off of the DL on June 9 (left elbow inflammation). The 23-year-old lefty did not retire a batter in the sixth as he walked the leadoff man and was then greeted with consecutive doubles and a three-run home run from Charlotte catcher George Kottaras to make it a 13-2 game.
Light (Boston’s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) made his first multi-inning appearance for the PawSox, getting the final out of the seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. The right-hander allowed three singles and walked a batter, leading to the two marks against, just the third time in Light’s last 21 appearances that he’s allowed a run. Light threw 22 pitches, with only 12 for strikes, and his normally high-90s fastball peaked at just 94 mph on the radar gun.
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Justin Masterson improves; Marco Hernandez heating up; Mauricio Dubon’s speed pays off||06.11.15 at 8:16 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
— After two rehab starts (right shoulder inflammation) in the minor leagues, Boston right-hander Justin Masterson showed clear improvement Wednesday afternoon with the PawSox as he allowed just two hits and one run over six innings, striking out six and walking one. Masterson threw 75 pitches, 47 for strikes, with the sinkerballer causing nine ground outs to just two fly outs. In Masterson’s previous rehab start for Double-A Portland on June 5, he allowed eight hits over 4 2/3 innings, while in his first rehab outing for Pawtucket on May 31 Masterson displayed some wildness as he walked two and had two wild pitches in just 1 2/3 innings.
“He was much more consistent in the strike zone,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Baltimore. “Velocity was still in the mid to upper 80s, but the action to his sinker, he got a number of swings and misses. He used probably the same distribution of fastball and slider that we’ve seen here. So we’ll check with him when we return to Boston and we may have a decision to be made here.”
— The PawSox offense continued to scuffle, but the team managed to scrape out two runs on five hits, including Garin Cecchini’s game-winning walkoff double. A Travis Shaw single started the ninth-inning action for Pawtucket and pinch-runner Deven Marrero moved to second on a Bryce Brentz walk before coming home on the Cecchini two-bagger. Cecchini (Boston’s No. 8 prospect at MLB.com) worked a 3-1 count and ripped a fastball to the right-center wall on a bounce before being surrounded by celebratory teammates. Cecchini has put together a good week at the plate, going 5-for-18 with two homers, including a grand-slam on June 7 at Syracuse.
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