News: Boston general manager Ben Cherington suggested Bradley will be returning to the majors, the Boston Globe reports. "I think there is still merit, and certainly there's consideration to try and create opportunity for him, too," Cherington said. "Today, it's [Rusney] Castillo, and we'll see where it goes after that."
Impact: Trading away Shane Victorino on Monday is the first sign that the organization has shifted its priorities away from competing in 2015 toward seeing how some prospects perform in Boston over the final few months. The first order of business was to promote Rusney Castillo. And now we have the general manager trying to create an opportunity for Bradley, who has hit .304 with an .848 OPS for Triple-A Pawtucket.
News: Castillo went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored in Monday night's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: The Red Sox traded away Shane Victorino on Monday, clearing away some of the debris in the outfield that's crowded Castillo at the major league level. He could have forced his way into Boston's outfield, but there's been a longer-than-expected adjustment period to major-league pitching. With the team 12 games below .500 and 13 out of first place, now is the time for the Red Sox to give him a chance to get comfortable at the game's highest level.
News: Nava entered Monday night's game after first baseman Mike Napoli was ejected following a first-inning at-bat.
Impact: Nava, who went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, is now hitting .152 for the season. He's not going to get much opportunity with Boston, unless the Red Sox trade Napoli, something that's a real possibility. Even in that case, the Red Sox may choose to slide Brock Holt into a full-time role at first or call up Travis Shaw from Triple-A Pawtucket.
News: Kelly allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in just 3.1 innings in a no decision Monday against the White Sox. He struck out two.
Impact: Kelly failed to go five innings for the fourth time in 16 starts this season,and he has gone seven innings just twice. Kelly's strikeout rate, walk rate, and home run rate have all been below average as his 95.8 MPH average fastball has failed to translate into results.
News: Napoli was ejected in the first inning of Monday's game against the White Sox after slamming his batting helmet on the ground when he struck out in his lone at-bat.
Impact: It's the second time in a month that Napoli has been run from a game following demonstrative actions after an at-bat. Failure to control his temper notwithstanding, Napoli's fortunes have changed for the better recently, as he entered Monday's game with a 10-for-28 performance at the plate in the second half. Now that his bat is beginning to heat up, Napoli could be an attractive trade target to a playoff-bound team in search of some added power in the middle or lower half of the lineup.
News: Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said following Rutledge's acquisition Monday that he expects the infielder to join the big-league team, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Cherington didn't specify when Rutledge would be added to the major-league roster, but given that Dustin Pedroia (hamstring) is on the DL and Brock Holt is day-to-day with a knee injury, the Red Sox could be motivated to address their infield immediately. Unless Holt eventually joins Pedroia on the DL, Rutledge likely wouldn't have a regular path to at-bats, though his ability to play second base, third base, and shortstop would make him a useful asset off the bench.
News: De Aza is out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: De Aza's streak of six consecutive starts will come to an end, even though the Red Sox dealt his primary outfield competition, Shane Victorino, to the Angels earlier in the day. Instead, De Aza will now have to fend off Rusney Castillo for at-bats, an endeavor that looks to be a tough undertaking given Boston's much more sizable financial investment in Castillo. De Aza didn't help his cause much by contributing little offensively during his six-start run, where he went a meager 4-for-20 with seven strikeouts.
News: Castillo will enter the Red Sox lineup Monday against the White Sox, playing right field and batting seventh, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen if Castillo will hold be able to consistently hold off Alejandro De Aza for regular time in left, though his six-year, $72 million contract should certainly work in his favor. Castillo has shown quality stolen-base ability during his 36 games in the majors, but he needs to get on base more frequently in order to take full advantage of his speed.
News: Castillo was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket prior to Monday's game against the White Sox, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Castillo will rejoin the Red Sox outfield after Shane Victorino was dealt to the Angels on Monday. The 28-year-old hasn't justified the big expectations fantasy players had for him heading into the season, but he's shown improved play at Triple-A Pawtucket recently, going 12-for-41 (.293) with two stolen bases over his past 10 games. It's not clear if he'll assume a starting role with the Red Sox immediately, as the team could opt to stick with Alejandro De Aza as its primary right fielder.
News: Rutledge has been traded to the Red Sox for Shane Victorino, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The Red Sox are also sending cash to the Angels as part of the deal. Rutledge appears to be another utility infield option for Boston, and he'll likely head to Triple-A Pawtucket to begin his time as a member of the Red Sox organization.
News: Weeks will get the start Monday against the White Sox, batting ninth and starting at second base, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: After a shaky season for Triple-A Pawtucket, Weeks was called up Sunday after Dustin Pedroia went to the disabled list. Almost immediately, Weeks was pressed into action, subbing in for Brock Holt in the sixth inning and going 1-for-2 at the plate. With the severity of Holt's injury still unknown, Weeks is the man at second base until Holt's return.
News: Holt (knee) is out of the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Holt left Sunday night's game with tightness in his knee and after an ambiguous comment from manager John Farrell where he said he didn't expect Holt to miss time, he's being held out of Monday's lineup regardless. Jemile Weeks will fill in for Holt while he's out.
News: Holt (knee) will be checked out Monday, but manager John Farrell said he doesn't "feel like this will be a time missed situation," WEEI.com reports.
Impact: We're unsure how to read that comment. Does that mean Holt will be in the lineup Monday? Or does that mean Holt could be out of the lineup Monday, but will not miss multiple days due to the injury? We should get more clarity after Holt is checked out Monday.
News: Bogaerts had his fourth four-hit game of the season in Sunday night's win over the Tigers.
Impact: Bogaerts, who has benefited from a .372 BABIP, has been a much more confident hitter in 2015, hitting .405 with runners in scoring position. That's a huge increase on the .153 he hit in the same situation in 2014.
News: Rodriguez bounced back from his shortest outing of the season, giving up one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six in Sunday's win over the Tigers. He had been rocked by the Angels last Monday when he gave up seven runs in 1.2 innings.
Impact: Rodriguez threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters faced and stayed ahead in the count all night. He's had three rough outings in his 11 starts -- attributed to behavior in which he's forecast his pitches -- and each time he's adjusted and responded in the following start. Obviously, the next step is to eliminate those valleys and stop tipping pitches.
News: The Pirates are looking at Victorino as a possible trade target, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impact: The Pirates are in acquisition mode for the stretch run, having already added Aramis Ramirez for the infield. Victorino, who has been limited to 34 games due to injury, shouldn't cost the Pirates too much.
News: Sandoval snapped an 0-for-19 skid, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in Sunday night's win over Detroit.
Impact: The overweight third baseman is fun when he's hitting and making plays in the field, but Sandoval hasn't done that this season in Boston. He has career-low marks in average, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS along with a league-worst -12.5 UZR.
News: Weeks entered Sunday night's game after Brock Holt was forced to leave with tightness in his left knee. He had one hit and scored a run in two at-bats.
Impact: Holt was filling in for the injured Dustin Pedroia (hamstring, 15-day DL), prompting the Red Sox to add Weeks to the roster as an insurance utility guy. Depending on the severity of Holt's injury, Weeks will get some at-bats as the starter at second base.
News: Napoli is a possible trade target for Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He represents an upgrade in the field compared to Pedro Alvarez, who had a -7.2 UZR as Pittsburgh's first baseman.
Impact: The Pirates might also be getting the best Napoli has to offer at the plate. He's in the midst of a career-worst season offensively, but has shown signs of a bounce back since the All-Star break, going 10-for-28 (.357) with five extra-base hits and five RBI after a 2-for-4, two RBI night in Sunday night's win over the Tigers.
News: Ortiz went 4-for-5 with two homers, three runs scored and seven RBI in Sunday night's win over Detroit.
Impact: Ortiz has raised his average to .243 with a season-high .468 slugging percentage and .800 OPS, fueled by post-All-Star break run in which he's gone 12-for-35 with six extra-base hits (four homers) and 11 RBI.