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Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | STATS
News: Buchholz has undergone minor knee surgery after an inconsistent season.
Impact: The operation to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee took place Tuesday, two days after he started the team's final game. General manager Ben Cherington said Buchholz pitched with the injury throughout the season. Buchholz finished with an 8-11 record and 5.34 ERA despite pitching two complete-game, three-hit shutouts.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holt (concussion) will visit a specialist in Pittsburgh on Oct. 8, Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The concussion cost Holt the final three weeks of the season, but he's been making steady progress and the Red Sox expect Holt to be cleared after his follow-up with Dr. Michael Collins. Holt hit .281/.331/.381 with 68 runs scored, four homers and 12 steals while serving as a super-utility player and leadoff hitter for Boston, and he's reportedly very much in the team's plans for 2015. He will not be required to play anywhere this winter.
Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buchholz underwent successful meniscus surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning.
Impact: A specific timetable for Buchholz's recovery was not immediately established by the team, but the procedure is not expected to affect his offseason work. Buchholz missed close to a month early in the season with an injury to his left knee, and went on to finish with a 5.34 ERA across 170.1 innings, the highest among all qualified pitchers this season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Buchholz lost a career-worst 11th game in Sunday's 9-5 defeat against the Yankees, giving up four runs over six innings.
Impact: The whole season was a struggle for Buchholz, who ended the season on a particularly bad note. He posted a 6.62 ERA while dropping each of his final three starts.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Craig does not need anymore testing on his foot, Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Good news for Allen Craig feels like a rarity at this point. His anemic .215/.279/.315 line from 2014 could be a result of being unable to properly land on his lead foot, but any optimistic projections for him should still be approached with extreme caution.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Victorino (back) is progressing as expected, Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Victorino is on track to being fully recovered once spring training begins. The right fielder missed much of the 2014 season, seeing only 123 at-bats with two home runs and 12 RBI. With months of rehab ahead of him, he has some ways to go before becoming an effective everyday player once again.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pedroia (wrist) should have a normal offseason heading into the 2015 season, Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Pedroia underwent surgery on his wrist on Sept. 11 that ended his disappointing 2014 season. The 31-year-old second baseman signed an eight-year contract with the club in July of 2013, so he could be with the club into his late 30s.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz will receive treatment on his left wrist in the offseason but shouldn't require surgery, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Ortiz's numbers saw a great decline in 2014 from previous seasons, dropping from a .309/.395/.564 batting line in 2013 to .263/.355/.517 this season, perhaps his first sign of aging. The 38-year-old has been a mainstay in the middle of the Red Sox's order since 2003. Ortiz is a free agent in the offseason, but may receive smaller offers than the $15 million he made in 2014.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli isn't expected to need surgery on either his toe or finger but he may receive aid for his sleep apnea, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Napoli was shut down for the season Thursday due to lingering issues but it appears he will elect to rest and let them heal. The veteran is under contract through the 2015 season with the Red Sox, and will likely continue as the first baseman following a season where he failed to reach 20 home runs for the first time since 2007.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buchholz will have surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Buchholz didn't miss any time in the regular season due to the injury, but he will use the offseason as a chance to fix it. The surgery shouldn't affect his offseason work, which he could use coming off a season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 170.1 innings, a huge jump in the wrong direction over the previous season.
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks will not play winter league baseball this offseason in order to rest his hand, WEEI's Alex Speier reports.
Impact: Missing out on more practice time is another cost of Middlebrooks' hand injury. Middlebrooks has a large host of talent breathing down his neck at third base for the future, with Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt able to shift over to the hot corner and prized prospect Garin Cecchini making a strong debut in September.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buchholz surrendered five hits and four earned runs over six innings in Sunday's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: After a stellar 2013 campaign in which he went 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, Buchholz had a season to forget in 2014, recording a 5.34 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 132:54 K:BB ratio in 170.1 innings. His ERA and WHIP were his worst since 2008.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Castillo went 3 for 3 on Saturday.
Impact: Castillo is 7 for 10 with two homers in his last three games and he figures to play Sunday in Yankees legend Derek Jeter's final game.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Nava went nuts Saturday.
Impact: Nava went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and he figures to play Sunday in Yankees legend Derek Jeter's final game.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vazquez is out of Sunday's lineup against the Yankees, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: This will end the season for Vazquez, who should be thankful for the playing time he received after the A.J. Pierzynski injury opened up the starting catcher spot for a Red Sox team that did its best to use a lost season to try out younger players. David Ross will get the start at catcher.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts is being held out Sunday due to a minor hamstring injury suffered Saturday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Bogaerts wanted to be in the lineup for Derek Jeter's final game, but the injury will prevent him from taking the field. Don't expect the setback to be an issue when spring training rolls around.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: The neck stiffness might still be bothering Bogaerts, who will sit out just his second game in all of September. ending the underwhelming-but-still-promising season for the former top prospect who hit .240/.297/.362. Jemile Weeks will start in his place.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks (hand) is out of Sunday's lineup against the Yankees, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: It turns out Middlebrooks' hand sprain will be season-ending, as the soreness will force him to miss a sixth straight game. Garin Cecchini will continue to fill in for him at third.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (wrist) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Impact: Ortiz will miss his fifth straight game Sunday as the season comes to a close. He hit just .263 this year, but his 35 home runs were his most in a season since 2007. Yoenis Cespedes will again serve as the DH in Ortiz's place.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Betts went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in Saturday's win over the Yankees. As a leadoff hitter this season, Betts is hitting .301/.383/.434 in 94 plate appearances.
Impact: The Red Sox have some interesting decisions to make in 2015. If they want Betts to open the season in Boston, they'll need to find a spot for him on the field -- the outfield will be crowded and second base seemingly belongs to Dustin Pedroia. They've sort of ruled out a move to third base, where the lineup remains unsettled, as they don't want to continue to move Betts around the diamond. He's been a good leadoff hitter, a spot that was producing little until Brock Holt took hold of it. Is Holt a long-term fixture in the lineup? Is there room for both Holt and Betts? Is Betts good trade value for a top-line starter? We'll certainly learn more in the offseason and spring training, but Betts should be in some team's lineup in 2015, even if it's not in Boston.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cespedes knocked in two runs Saturday to give him 100 RBI on the season, the first time he's reached that milestone in his career.
Impact: Cespedes, who has one more year left on his existing contract, should maintain a place in the middle of Boston's batting order in 2015.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks (hand) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Impact: Middlebrooks will miss his fifth straight game Saturday. The Red Sox were hopeful that he would be able to play again this season, but they probably won't force him into the lineup Sunday if he's still sore. Garin Cecchini will man the hot corner Saturday in Middlebrooks' place.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (wrist) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Impact: Ortiz will sit out for the fourth straight game, giving him just one more chance to start this season. Yoenis Cespedes will serve as the designated hitter for the Red Sox on Saturday.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (wrist) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The 38-year-old may very well have played his final game of 2014, though the team hasn't officially shut him down. Ortiz is dealing with inflammation in his wrist and the team will take all the necessary precautions, sine he said it feels similar to how he felt when he suffered a ligament tear in 2008.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks (hand) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks is set to miss a fourth straight start due to right hand soreness, but the Red Sox remain hopeful that he will return to the lineup before the end of the season. The hand has presented issues on and off this season, but manager John Farrell suggested he doesn't think that Middlebrooks' struggles can be attributed solely to the injury. "I don't think he's been limited any different than any other players who deal with nagging ailments over the course of a full season," Farrell said.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright struck out four and walked two while allowing two unearned runs on four hits over five innings in a loss to the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: Getting a spot start following the Red Sox's decision to move Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman to the bullpen, Wright had little difficulty navigating a Yankees lineup that did not have a single member of the Opening Day lineup in it. Wright pitched well in 15 starts at Pawtucket (3.41 ERA, 1.137 WHIP) this season and he fared well during his time in Boston as well (3.38 ERA, 1.188 WHIP entering Friday), but it remains to be seen if he'll have to go elsewhere with his knuckleball to get a lengthy look as a back end rotation option in 2015.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vazquez had a huge game Thursday against the Rays, going 4-for-4 with a double, his first homer of the season, three RBI and two runs.
Impact: A spectacular and rather out-of-nowhere evening for the 24-year-old catcher, who'd gone 52 games without leaving the yard before Thursday. With not much track record of hitting in the minors other than what looks like an outlier year in A ball back in 2011, it's unwise to expect much more like this from Vazquez.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Webster closed out his season on a winning note Thursday.
Impact: Webster pitched seven solid innings. He was charged with one run and seven hits in his best start since he joined the rotation. The 24-year old rookie right-hander struck out five and walked one.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Betts had three of Boston's 16 hits in a strong effort Thursday.
Impact: Betts is hitting .326 in his last 23 games. He wraps up the season this weekend at home against legendary Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Castillo hit his first major league homer in a strong effort Thursday.
Impact: Castillo finished with two hits and drove in three runs. He wraps up the season this weekend at home against legendary Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Vazquez hit his first major league homer in a strong effort Thursday.
Impact: Vazquez finished with a career-best four hits and drove in three runs. He wraps up the season this weekend at home against legendary Derek Jeter and the Yankees.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webster (5-3) allowed one run on seven hits and one walk while striking out five in Thursday night's win over the Rays.
Impact: Webster's had some shaky moments in Boston's starting rotation, but finished the season off well. In his final three starts, Webster allowed four runs and walked just three in 18.2 innings.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli (foot) will miss his seventh straight game Thursday, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Napoli continues to battle a nagging foot injury, and it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to return before the end of the season. In the meantime, Allen Craig will continue to see playing time at first base.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks (hand) is out of the lineup Thursday versus the Rays, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks is dealing with a right hand sprain and will miss his third straight game. While the severity of the injury is unknown, the Sox certainly won't risk further damage with ultimately nothing to play for. Garin Cecchini again gets the nod at third base in Middlebrooks' place.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Rays, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: The veteran will sit for the third time in four games as the non-contending Red Sox shuffling in some younger players. Yoenis Cespedes again gets the nod at DH.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Bogaerts was 2 for 4 with three RBIs in an 11-3 win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Bogaerts has hit .326 with 16 RBIs over his last 22 games.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager John Farrell said he'd like to use Uehara in a closing situation before the end of the season, Maureen Mullen of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: A heavy workload clearly started to catch up with Uehara in early September, resulting in his ouster from the closer's role after he gave up 10 runs over a stretch of 4.2 innings. He's been used much more judiciously since moving to middle relief and has seemed to benefit from the rest, striking out the side in his most recent outing back on Sept. 16. Though it's uncertain whether the Red Sox will bring the aging reliever back in 2015, Farrell probably wants to reward him with one final save for what has mostly been a dazzling two-year run in Boston.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holt (concussion) has been shut down for the remainder of the season, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Holt has been making progress in his recovery from the concussion, but because he'd still have to meet with his doctor in Pittsburgh for final clearance to play, the Red Sox decided the travel schedule was too much of hassle. The infielder does still hope to take some at-bats in instructional league before the season comes to an end. Mookie Betts will continue to see everyday duty at second base for Boston the rest of the way.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Red Sox have shut Napoli (foot) down for the remainder of the season, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Though it's the nagging foot injury that will keep Napoli out of the lineup for his seventh straight game Thursday, he never seemed to find comfort with his finger after dislocating it in April. Manager John Farrell said the injury "definitely had an impact" on Napoli's productivity thereafter, as he finished with a .248 batting average, 17 homers and 55 RBI over 415 at-bats. Napoli will explore offseason finger surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be fully healthy for spring training.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (wrist) may not play again this season, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Ortiz's wrist is inflamed as a result of a check swing earlier in the week, and he said it feels similar to a ligament tear he suffered in 2008. At this point, the Red Sox don't think his current injury is especially serious, but they will be cautious, putting Ortiz's availability for the weekend in doubt.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts (neck) went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs in his return to the lineup in Wednesday night's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Bogaerts had played every inning since Aug. 31 before neck stiffness forced him to leave Sunday's game and sidelined him Tuesday. He's showed signs of snapping out of the three-month slumber his bat went into during summer, hitting .317 with eight extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 21 games during the month of September. If fantasy owners gave up on him and he's in the free-agent pool, grab him as a speculative move for 2015. He's going to have a role in Boston next season.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ranaudo capped his season off with seven strong innings in Wednesday night's win over the Rays. He allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two.
Impact: Another positive was that for the first time in seven big-league starts, Ranaudo did not allow a home run. The Red Sox are expected to add an elite starting pitcher in the offseason and perhaps a second arm. Where Ranaudo and other young hurlers, like Rubby De La Rosa, Brandon Workman and Allen Webster, fit in 2015 will be determined by how the organization addresses its starting rotation in the offseason.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cecchini had a hit, a walk, two runs scored and belted his first career homer in the major leagues in Wednesday night's win over Tampa Bay.
Impact: Cecchini also made a few good plays defensively, showing good range at third base. Publicly, the Red Sox continue to insist they haven't given up on Will Middlebrooks at third base, but if Cecchini's defense improves, he could challenge Middlebrooks for starts next season.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Ortiz will sit for the second time in the last three days, as Yoenis Cespedes takes over the DH duties Wednesday. He's hit three homers in his past three games, and figures to return to the lineup for the last few games of the season.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Buchholz lost again Tuesday.
Impact: Buchholz was charged with five runs in 7 2-3 innings in a nightmare outing for the righty.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Craig (personal) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Craig was away from the team Tuesday attending to a personal matter, but as expected, he's back in the lineup Wednesday, filling in for Mike Napoli (foot) at first base. The 30-year-old Craig will look to record his first career hit off Rays starter Jake Odorizzi (0-for-7).
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts (neck) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Bogaerts, who was lifted from Sunday's game due to neck stiffness, ended up being scratched from Tuesday's lineup after batting practice. It seems the Red Sox were just playing it safe with the 21-year-old, as he is penciled in to man short and bat second Wednesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi. He'll look to improve upon his already stellar .308/.317/.513 batting line for the month of September.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks (hand) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Middlebrooks was scratched from the lineup Tuesday with a right hand sprain, and will sit out at least one more day. Garin Cecchini will start at third in his place.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli (foot) is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Napoli will miss his sixth straight game with a lingering foot injury. There was some hope that he'd be able to return Wednesday, but Allen Craig will start at first in his place.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli (foot/finger) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.
Impact: There was a chance Napoli could have returned to the lineup Tuesday, but he will get at least one more day to rest his ailments. Daniel Nava will cover first base for the Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts (neck) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.
Impact: Bogaerts was removed from Boston's last game Sunday with the sore neck, but he will take the field Tuesday as expected. Bogaerts will play shortstop and bat second as he has done regularly the last couple weeks.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buchholz gave up five runs on eight hits and one walk with six strikeouts over 7.2 innings Tuesday against the Rays.
Impact: Buchholz was cruising along Tuesday, but ended up surrendering all five runs in the eighth inning, taking his 10th loss of the season. He'll keep up appearances and take the mound for Boston's final game of the season Sunday against the Yankees, but it will be interesting to see what the team's plans are for Buchholz in 2015 -- the final guaranteed year of his current contract.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Craig was not with the team Tuesday due to personal reasons, but he is scheduled to return prior to Wednesday's game, WEEI's Rob Bradford reports.
Impact: He missed his second straight game Tuesday, but it sounds like there's a chance he could be back in the lineup Wednesday, and at the very least, later in the week.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a right hand sprain.
Impact: While it sounds like something that could limit Middlebrooks at least through the end of the Tampa series, the team lists him as just day-to-day. Garin Cecchini is starting at third base Tuesday and will likely remain there until Middlebrooks is cleared to return.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks has been scratched from the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.
Impact: Both Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts were removed from the lineup, but whereas Bogaerts had a pre-existing neck injury, a reason for Middlebrooks' scratch is uncertain. Look for the team to elaborate before too long. Garin Cecchini starts at third base and bats seventh.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts (neck) has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.
Impact: The Red Sox were optimistic that Bogaerts, who left Sunday's game with neck stiffness, would return following Monday's off day, but it seems he did not fare particularly well during batting practice. Jemile Weeks is now set to play short and bat second for Boston, while Bogaerts is day-to-day.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holt (concussion) will not play in the Red Sox's next three games, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Holt will continue to sit out with concussion symptoms. He could play during Boston's final series of the season, against the Yankees, but it seems just as likely that the Red Sox hold him out the rest of the way.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright is likely to start Friday night against the Yankees, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: With the decision to move Rubby De La Rosa and Brandon Workman to the bullpen for the remainder of the season, Red Sox manager John Farrell is likely to use Wright. It will be his first start for Boston after making 15 starts at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Kelly allowed two runs over seven innings to win 3-2 at Baltimore on Sunday.
Impact: Kelly is 3-1 with a 4.15 ERA in four starts this month.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Betts went 2 for 5 with his fifth homer in Sunday's 3-2 win at Baltimore.
Impact: Betts is batting .321 over a 21-game stretch.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Workman has been removed from the starting rotation and will pitch out of the bullpen, if at all, for the remainder of the season, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Workman is 0-9 with a 6.90 ERA in his last 10 appearances, nine of them starts. He's thrown 148 innings this season, but has appeared worn down much of the year.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz hit his 35th home run in a 7-2 loss at Baltimore on Saturday.
Impact: Ortiz is closing his season in strong fashion, having hit .340 over his last 28 contests with nine homers and 20 RBIs.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Betts went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in Sunday's win over the Orioles.
Impact: Betts was caught stealing in the third inning, but will be forgiven by fantasy owners after going deep off Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth inning. Betts is hitting .313 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBI in 80 at-bats and has added 17 runs scored and two stolen bases this month.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly logged seven strong innings Sunday, allowing three hits and two earned runs in a win over the Orioles.
Impact: Kelly, who struck out five and walked three, has settled down recently, going at least six innings in five consecutive starts. He's recorded a 4.00 ERA to go with a 38:30 K:BB ratio in eight starts (54 innings) since joining up with the Red Sox.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts (neck), who left Sunday afternoon's game, is expected to play Tuesday against the Rays, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Bogaerts departed Sunday's game in the second inning after going 0-for-1 at the plate. He's dealing with neck stiffness after taking a ricochet to the neck during pregame batting practice. With the Sox off Monday, Bogaerts should be back in action Tuesday.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts left Sunday afternoon's game due to neck stiffness, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Bogaerts was replaced by Jemile Weeks at shortstop after going 0-for-1 at the dish before exiting. The severity of his injury is currently unclear, but he'll likely look to return to the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Rays. However, with little left to play for this season, the Red Sox could elect to take a conservative approach with their young infielder.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De La Rosa will not start again and may work in the bullpen, John Farrell told the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber.
Impact: After pitching 160 innings between the majors and Triple-A, De La Rosa has struggled recently. He hasn't made it into the fifth inning in his last three starts and his ERA is at a season-high 4.50. The Red Sox will likely use De La Rosa sparingly in the hopes that the 25-year-old can rest and be able to bounce back in 2015. Depending on how Boston's free agency plays out, De La Rosa could make the rotation next year.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vazquez is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Vazquez has caught five straight games for the Red Sox, but will take a seat in favor of David Ross on Sunday afternoon. The 24-year-old backstop has hit safely in four of his past five games, but has been largely devoid of power this year, slashing .213/.273/.262 on the season.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Craig is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Craig has started four straight games between first base and right field for the Red Sox, but will get a regular day of rest Sunday afternoon. Daniel Nava will take over at first, while Bryce Brentz will draw his first start of the season in right field.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Ortiz has launched three home runs over the past two games, but he'll earn a well-deserved day of rest Sunday afternoon. Garin Cecchini will serve as the designated hitter in his stead, while Daniel Nava will bat third in the order.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli, who hasn't started a game since Wednesday while dealing with finger and foot injuries, may not return to the lineup until next Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Napoli is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and 7-for-45 (.156) with two extra-base hits since Aug. 27. His absence provides an opportunity for Allen Craig, who started Saturday, to get regular at-bats.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holt (concussion) is tentatively scheduled for an exam Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Holt hasn't played since Sept. 5 due to the concussion. The Red Sox are optimistic Holt can return for a game or two before the end of the season.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: De La Rosa allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in four innings in Saturday's loss to the Orioles. He lost his third consecutive start and failed to pitch at least six innings for the fifth straight start.
Impact: It seems as if Boston's young starters are hitting a wall, having reached new highs in innings pitched this season. De La Rosa has pitched a career-high 160 innings and it's been showing in this latest run. Pitching coach Juan Nieves told WEEI.com that De La Rosa never established a plan on the mound.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli is out of the lineup again Saturday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell has taken measures to reduce Napoli's workload of late, as a way to manage a few nagging injuries. Napoli's sitting Saturday for the third straight game, and it seems he'll be used sparingly over the final week of the season.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cespedes is out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Cespedes will head to the bench for the second time in three days, with Daniel Nava once again filling in in left field. An injury isn't believed to be in play, so it would seem manager John Farrell just thinks Cespedes could use another breather. The 28-year-old Cespedes hit a solo homer in the fourth inning Friday to end a 24-game homerless drought.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cespedes will be back in the lineup Sunday after sitting out Saturday night's game against the Orioles, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Saturday night was Cespedes' second night off in three days, but no injury seems to be in play. He had a home run on Friday against the Orioles, but Cespedes is hitting just .227 with seven RBI in 66 at-bats this month.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Webster did not get a decision Friday.
Impact: Webster gave up one run in 5 2-3 innings. He'll get one more start for the last-place BoSox.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted the Red Sox past the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Friday night.
Impact: Ortiz is still playing hard down the stretch. He now has 34 homers and 102 RBIs, the club-record eighth time he has had a 30/100 season - passing Ted Williams. At 38, Ortiz is the oldest major leaguer to go 30/100 since Frank Thomas did it at the same age in 2006.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mujica picked up the save Friday night, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a win over Baltimore. He allowed one hit while throwing 12 of 15 pitches for strikes to record his seventh save in eight opportunities.
Impact: Mujica is the closer for now, though manager John Farrell had said he'd like to get Koji Uehara back in the closer's role before the end of the season.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cecchini will start at third base and bat eighth Friday against the Orioles.
Impact: Called up earlier in the week following the Triple-A National Championship, Cecchini will step in Friday for his first career start at the major league level. A fourth-round pick in 2010, Cecchini hit .285/.367/.462 in 35 games with Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break to finish with a .263/.3431/.371 batting line with seven homers and 11 steals during the regular season.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles.
Impact: The 26-year-old will ride the pine for the first time since Sept. 10, opening the door for Garin Cecchini to make his first career start. Middlebrooks has done little with his increased opportunities with Boston -- he's batting just .173/.218/.212 across 52 September at-bats -- and it's at least possible the team moves on in the offseason.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli remains out of the lineup Friday against the Orioles.
Impact: Friday's absence will mark Napoli's second in a row and sixth in the team's last 12 games. Allen Craig will draw the start at first base in his absence. Manager John Farrell recently acknowledged that he's cut Napoli's playing time due to a few nagging injuries, namely finger, back and toe ailments that have hindered him on and off throughout much of the season.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz belted a pair of homers in Friday's 5-3 win over the Orioles,
Impact: With five multi-hit efforts across his last 11 games, Ortiz seems intent on finishing the season strong. Overall during this stretch, the veteran slugger is batting .302 (13-for-43) with four home runs and seven RBI.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webster worked a solid 5.2 innings versus the Orioles on Friday night, allowing just one earned run on seven hits and a walk while picking up three strikeouts.
Impact: Webster has found a nice rhythm here is the last month of the regular season, as he has steadily gotten better with each outing. Through three starts so far in September, the young righty has put together a nice 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 10:4 K:BB ratio across 17 frames.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bradley went 0-for-4 in Thursday night's loss to the Pirates. Since his recall Sept. 5, Bradley is 1-for-27.
Impact: The rookie center fielder is batting .203, which will be the lowest average ever for a Boston rookie with at least 350 plate appearances. With Boston's addition of outfielders in the past six weeks, Bradley's future in Boston appears to be as a fifth outfielder who can play superb defense.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Napoli is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Napoli will head back to the bench after starting the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh, with David Ortiz (personal) slotting into the lineup at first base. Manager John Farrell has taken measures to reduce Napoli's workload this month and will continue to do so over the final week, providing maintenance for a couple nagging injuries.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cespedes is not in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Daniel Nava will take over in left field Thursday, as Cespedes sits after going 1-for-7 in the first two games of the series. Cespedes has now gone 24 games without a home run, after hitting four in his first 19 appearances with the Red Sox.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (personal) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: After missing two games due to family emergency, Ortiz will step back in Thursday to face right-hander Gerrit Cole in the finale against Pittsburgh. Ortiz has yet to face Cole, but is batting .255/.360/.486 against right-handed pitching this season and .279/.358/.552 overall since the All-Star break.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (personal) went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss at Pittsburgh.
Impact: Ortiz had missed the previous two games due to a family emergency, but he looks safe to use again.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Workman took the loss at Pittsburgh on Thursday, although he didn't pitch that badly, allowing three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in five innings. He also managed to strike out six batters.
Impact: Workman, who has lost 10 consecutive decisions, has shown very little consistency this season, as is the case with some younger pitchers. He'll make just one more start this year, facing Tampa Bay at home next Thursday.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holt (concussion) has been cleared to resume baseball activities Friday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: The news is certainly encouraging for Holt, but it's still uncertain whether he'll be able to play again this season. Holt was diagnosed with a concussion last week, after battling neck pain and dizziness for several days prior. Although he packs modest power and speed, Holt's ability to play all around the diamond and get on base at a decent clip will likely be enough for him to maintain a regular role in 2015.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Castillo went 1 for 4 in his major league debut, a 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Impact: The Cuban defector signed a seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox last month.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Buchholz (8-9) was tagged for five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out three in Wednesday night's loss to Pittsburgh.
Impact: Buchholz made a few mistakes that Pirates hitters didn't miss and lasted just 73 pitches. He'd been good of late, having allowed a 3.18 ERA and .202 opponents batting average in his previous seven starts, but still holds an ugly 5.29 ERA on the year. He'll draw the Rays his next time out.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Ranaudo lost his third straight start Tuesday, giving up three runs, four hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.
Impact: Ranaudo has allowed 10 home runs in his first six big league starts.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Red Sox will get a look at their future on Wednesday night when rookie outfielder Rusney Castillo makes his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Impact: The 27-year-old Castillo will play center field and bat seventh. The Red Sox signed Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract last month, the largest deal ever given to a Cuban-born player. Castillo rocketed through Boston's minor league system, playing games at three different levels before being called up on Wednesday. He went 6 for 22 during a stint with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nava is out of the lineup Wednesday, CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports.
Impact: Allen Craig will start in right field, with Rusney Castillo making his debut in center field. Nava should still see some starts down the stretch, but playing time may be harder to come by now that Castillo is up with the big league club.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortiz (personal) remains out of the lineup Wednesday, CSNNE's Sean McAdam reports.
Impact: Ortiz is dealing with a personal matter and the Red Sox are playing in Pittsburgh, so there wouldn't necessarily be a spot for Ortiz even if he was ready to play. He should continue to be treated as day-to-day, but it's most likely Ortiz won't be back until this weekend's series in Baltimore.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lavarnway was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Lavarnway will join a plethora of callups by the Red Sox on Wednesday, following the conclusion of Pawtucket's season. The 26-year-old will provide the Sox with some depth at the catcher position behind Christian Vazquez and David Ross. He hit .283/.389/.370 with three home runs and 22 RBI over 62 games in Triple-A this season.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cecchini was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: Cecchini ranks among the best of Boston's position prospects following the graduations of Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts to the big leagues, and he could very well get a long look at third base over the final week and a half of the regular season. Will Middlebrooks has been a major disappointment at third base for most of the season, and though Cecchini can't match his power, his ability to steal bases, draw walks and make contact may be more meaningful skills. If Middlebrooks ends up getting dealt elsewhere in the winter, Cecchini might be the top internal candidate to handle third base duties in 2015.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hembree was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: Pawtucket's season came to an end Tuesday night, with the team dropping a 4-2 decision to Omaha in the Triple-A National Championship. As a result, Hembree will be one of a stable of Pawtucket players joining the Red Sox for the final week and a half of the season, but don't expect him to pitch many meaningful innings.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Escobar was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: With Pawtucket losing in the Triple-A National Championship on Tuesday, Escobar will head to Boston to provide an extra arm out of the bullpen over the final week and a half of the regular season. Acquired from the Giants in the Jake Peavy deal earlier this summer, Escobar was exceptional for Pawtucket in his four postseason starts, never allowing more than two runs per outing.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton threw a scoreless third of an inning in Tuesday night's loss to the Pirates. Opponents are now 1-for-13 against him this year.
Impact: Britton's career nearly came off the rails at Triple-A Pawtucket this season, recording a 5.86 ERA and 1.979 WHIP in 58.1 innings. His success in a short sample size this year will likely put him in the mix as a left-handed option out of the bullpen. With Andrew Miller traded and Craig Breslow unlikely to return, there's a 2015 opening for Britton.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bogaerts went 2-for-4 in Tuesday night's loss to Pittsburgh. He extended his hitting streak to nine games during which he's hitting .405/.425/.676.
Impact: Since sitting out a handful of games due to a concussion, Bogaerts has been the hitter we thought we were getting when he opened the season as Boston's starting shortstop. He's hit .367 (25-of-68, eight extra-base hits) with multiple hits in eight of 17 games since returning.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ranaudo allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three in 5.2 innings in Tuesday night's loss to the Pirates. After three straight wins to start his major league career, Ranaudo has lost his last three starts.
Impact: Ranaudo will continue to audition for the 2015 starting rotation through the end of the season. His performance hasn't earned him anything yet, though there are encouraging signs. He's allowed a homer in each of this six starts (10 homers allowed overall) and walked 15 in 32.1 innings. On the other hand, he's pitched into the sixth inning in five of six starts and has responded well to coaching and is showing strong mound poise. We need to keep in mind we're seeing a young pitcher who's at 170.1 innings this year, up from a previous high of 140 in 2013. If after a healthy offseason he comes back next spring with a bump in velocity and more action to his secondary pitches, Ranaudo might be in the mix for the rotation or a depth option on the staff at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Bogaerts went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in Sunday's win in Kansas City.
Impact: He's homered three times in six games and is batting .394 on an eight-game hitting streak.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz left the ballpark early Sunday due to what Red Sox manager John Farrell called a family emergency.
Impact: "He got called away from this game," Farrell said. "There was a family emergency that he had to attend to and he jumped on a flight late this afternoon. He should catch up with us in Pittsburgh."
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Napoli is not in Boston's starting lineup at Kansas City on Friday night.
Impact: Napoli, second on the Red Sox with 17 home runs, had a dislocated left ring finger and a sore toe.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz is not in Boston's starting lineup at Kansas City on Friday night.
Impact: Ortiz, who has 32 home runs and 99 RBIs, is sidelined because of a bruised right foot that has been bothering him since he fouled a pitch of it on Aug. 24.