Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Middlebrooks (hamstring) entered Thursday's game in the fourth inning and went 1-for-2 in a loss to the Angels. He was not in the starting lineup because of a hamstring injury suffered Tuesday.
Impact: Middlebrooks was part of the roster shuffle to replace Yoenis Cespedes, who left the game to deal with a family medical emergency. Brock Holt, who started at third moved to the outfield with Middlebrooks replacing him at third.
News: Napoli (back) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Angels, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: A bout with back spasms will keep Napoli out for his second straight game. The Red Sox seem to be downplaying the ailment at this time, with the hope he'll return to the starting lineup over the weekend.
News: Craig (foot) was activated from the 15-day DL on Thursday, Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Impact: Craig completed a two-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, going 1-for-5 with two RBI during his stay in the minors. He'll slot back in at the DH spot Thursday against the Angels in his return, but will likely see most of his time in the corner outfield the rest of the way.
News: Middlebrooks (hamstring) said that he wasn't 100 percent before Thursday's game that he ultimately sat out for, but he could have played if needed, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks' injury has been downplayed throughout its entirety, so his potential return to the diamond is a real possibility against the Mariners on Friday. If he's unable to play yet again, Brock Holt seems like the probably replacement.
News: Cespedes left Thursday's game in the fourth inning because of a family medical emergency, but manager John Farrell said the team is hopeful he will play Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Farrell did not provide details and asked that Cespedes' privacy be respected.
News: Craig (foot) went 0-for-3 in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Angels. It was his first game since August 1.
Impact: Craig was used as the DH on Thursday with David Ortiz out of the lineup, but most of his playing time will come in the outfield.
News: De La Rosa pitched 6.2 effective innings against the Angels on Thursday, but took the loss. He allowed two runs and eight hits, while striking out eight.
Impact: Even though De La Rosa held the Angels in check, the Red Sox offense did him no favors, mustering just one hit against Matt Shoemaker and a pair of relievers. De La Rosa has been up-and-down as of late, mixing in strong performances with absolute clunkers. He has some upside and throws hard (average fastball of 93.7 mph), although that hasn't translated into strikeouts, as he's sporting a below average 6.31 K/9IP. He'll look to build on Thursday's performance in his next start at Toronto.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz went 4 for 4 with his 30th home run in Wednesday's 8-3 loss to the Angels.
Impact: Ortiz is 14 for 26 with four home runs and nine RBIs over his last seven games.
News: Cespedes left Thursday's game to attend to a personal matter, MLB.com's Ian Browne reports.
Impact: Cespedes had logged just one at-bat prior to exiting, and was replaced in the lineup by Will Middlebrooks. Consider the outfielder day-to-day until more information is released regarding the matter.
News: Ortiz (general soreness) is not in the lineup Thursday against the Angels, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Ortiz came out of Wednesday's game feeling a little beat up, so he'll receive the evening off as a therapy day more than anything. His absence from the lineup will allow the freshly activated Allen Craig to settle in as the DH, but expect Ortiz to resume his usual responsibilities in Friday's series opener against the Mariners.
News: Middlebrooks (hamstring) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Angels, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell previously indicated that a long absence didn't appear in the offing for Middlebrooks, but a stint on the DL probably isn't off the table completely just yet. He'll be evaluated closely over the next couple of days, with the team plugging in Brock Holt at third base until Middlebrooks is deemed ready to return.
News: Betts had his strongest game in the field Wednesday night, showing off his range and strong arm in a loss to the Angels, WEEI.com reports. He chased down and caught a deep fly to rob Howie Kendrick of extra bases in the seventh, and earlier in the game nearly threw out Mike Trout at home plate with a strong throw.
Impact: We need to keep in mind that center field is a new position for Betts, who has played nothing but second base in the minor leagues until this season. He's making his mistakes, learning angles to fly balls and when to dive for sinking liners, but the Red Sox are confident in his ability to get it. At the plate, Betts has hits in three straight since his call-up and five straight dating back to his previous stint with the Red Sox.
News: Ortiz was pinch-hit for in the ninth inning of Wednesday night's loss to the Angels due to "general soreness," according to manager John Farrell, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: It doesn't sound serious, as Farrell said that he doesn't want to take any chances.
News: Craig (foot) had a single and two RBI in three at-bats Wednesday while making his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Impact: Craig played five innings without incident in right field and got to test the foot on his base hit when he advanced to second base on a throw home.
News: Cespedes returned to the lineup Wednesday night following a day off. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI in a loss to the Angels.
Impact: The RBI was Cespedes' 13th in 17 games since joining the Red Sox.
News: Middlebrooks (hamstring) is out of the lineup Wednesday versus the Angels, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Removed from Tuesday's contest due to a tight right hamstring, Middlebrooks will remain sidelined in the short term. In his place, Brock Holt will cover the hot corner and bat leadoff.
News: Ross (foot) went 1-for-4 with an RBI in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Impact: Christian Vasquez figures to see the bulk of the playing time down the stretch, especially since the Red Sox have little reason to push Ross and potentially cause the injury that landed him on the disabled list to flare up again.
News: Ortiz went 4-for-4 with a solo homer -- his 30th of the season -- in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.
Impact: Injuries have slowed him at times in recent seasons, but the blast was Ortiz's 30th of the year, which matches his total from 2014. The big difference in production has come in the form of a reduced batting average, as Ortiz has finished each of the past three campaigns with an average north of .300, but he's hitting just .263 through 120 games in 2014.
News: Buchholz gave up six runs on seven hits over six innings against the Angels on Wednesday.
Impact: The inconsistency continues for Buchholz, who appeared to make progress his last time out thanks in large part to improvements with his curveball. Barring a change of course from the Red Sox, he'll get two chances to take the ball next week, beginning Monday in Toronto before a second spin in Tampa Bay on August 31.
News: Napoli will miss Wednesday's game due to back spasms, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports.
Impact: He is temporarily unavailable, but it doesn't seem like a major issue, as he first reported the discomfort when he arrived at the park prior to Wednesday's game. Kelly Johnson replaced him at first base, and Napoli should be considered day-to-day.
News: Middlebrooks was diagnosed with a hamstring strain but isn't expected to miss much time, the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber reports. "We don't feel like this is a long-term thing," Farrell said. "But we'd be putting him in jeopardy if we were to start him tonight."
Impact: He left Tuesday's game with tightness in his right hamstring and is out of the lineup Wednesday, but he should be considered day-to-day for now. Utilityman Brock Holt will get the start at third base Wednesday.
News: Wright was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: In two separate stints with the Red Sox, Wright made one appearance, Sunday against the Astros, in which he gave up one run on four hits and no walks to go with four strikeouts. He'll continue to provide organization depth, potentially as a starter during the stretch run.
News: Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
Impact: Napoli will take a seat as the Red Sox stock up on left-handed bats to counter Angels righty Garrett Richards. The first baseman typically has relatively neutral splits and just received a day of rest Sunday, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that he's dealing with some sort of injury concern.
News: Bogaerts will not be demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, according to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, the Providence Journal reports. "In our minds, this is where he needs to be," Cherington said. "We want him to be our shortstop for the rest of this season and allow him to work through what he's working through."
Impact: Bogaerts has hit a wall offensively, which may be affecting his defense. In the wake of Boston's decision to demote another struggling rookie, Jackie Bradley, Cherington moved quickly to say that Bogaerts' situation is different than Bradley's.
News: Cespedes is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Angels, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Cespedes is sitting for the first time since joining the Red Sox at the trade deadline, despite two opportunities to do so when he suffered a hand bruise and fouled a ball off his shin late last week. Meanwhile, he's driven in a run in six of the last eight games, batting .176 (6-for-34) with three homers, 10 RBI, six runs and one stolen base.
News: Webster gave up three runs on seven hits while walking two and fanning three over six innings for no decision against the Angels on Tuesday.
Impact: Aside from a third-inning RBI-triple to Mike Trout, Webster held his own against the potent Angels offense, tossing 19-of-26 first-pitch strikes and keeping the ball in the ballpark. The sophomore is 3-1 record and now owns a 4.73 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP and horrendous 13:18 K:BB ratio in five starts (26.2 innings) this season with the BoSox.
News: Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game against the Angels with right hamstring tightness, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Although Middlebrooks managed to beat out an infield in the fourth inning, he hurt his hamstring in the process and was immediately lifted for a pinch runner. The Red Sox are labeling the injury "tightness" for now, but it would make sense if they sent him for additional testing. Brock Holt and Kelly Johnson seem like the top candidates to see opportunities at third base should Middlebrooks miss time, though Xander Bogaerts is an option as well.
News: Middlebrooks left Tuesday's game against the Angels with an apparent injury, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks appeared to be in some discomfort after beating out an infield single in the fourth inning and he was promptly lifted for a pinch runner.
News: Ross (heel) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: During Ross' absence, Christian Vasquez has assumed everyday catching duties, which will likely contain the veteran backstop to an appearance or two per week. The role won't be different from what Ross held prior to his placement on the DL.
News: Craig (foot) is expected to return to the Red Sox this weekend, MLB Network Radio reports. "Everything points to him coming off the DL at the end of the week, barring anything unforeseen," manager John Farrell said.
Impact: Craig's rehab took a bit longer than expected, but it appears he'll return to the Red Sox before the end of the week after completing a stint at Triple-A Pawtucket. The former Cardinal has struggled mightily this season (.237/.291/.348) but will look to get back on track over the final month and a half. If he can stay healthy, Craig is in position to see plenty of time in left field for Boston.
News: Betts started in center field Monday after being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket. He batted eighth and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a loss to the Angels.
Impact: In a move surprising for its timing, the Red Sox demoted to Jackie Bradley on Monday, with the just two weeks left in the Triple-A season. Betts, who hit .335/.417/.503 in 45 games with the PawSox now gets a shot at regular at-bats in Boston. The opportunity for Betts is essentially an audition for the full-time center-field job in 2015.
News: Bradley hit leadoff and played center field for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday. He went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Impact: Bradley was sent down to Pawtucket on Monday after holding down a roster spot in Boston all season despite obvious offensive struggles. With just two weeks left in the Triple-A season, the timing of Bradley's demotion is a touch strange. The goal is to see if he can get his bat back on track.
News: Cespedes went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in a 4-2 loss to the Angels on Monday.
Impact: Cespedes is now 3-for-23 with one homer over the last five games. Since being traded to Boston, the Home Run Derby champion is slashing .219/.231/.406 with three long balls, 11 strikeouts and one walk in 64 at-bats.
News: Betts is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Betts still does not have a regular spot in the Red Sox's lineup, but he will start in center field Monday in his first game back with the big club. Betts, who figures to rotate into the lineup at several positions, will bat eighth against Angels starter C.J. Wilson on Monday night.
News: Pedroia (illness) is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Pedroia sat out Sunday's game while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but it appears he is feeling good enough to return to action. Pedroia will man second and bat second Monday night.
Jonathan Herrera - #10 - Third Base - 5'9" - 180lbs
News: Herrera will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, CSN New England reports.
Impact: Herrera occupies a spot on the 40-man roster, a spot the Red Sox might want to allocate to a younger player. If he stays on the roster, he'll compete for a bench gig next spring.
News: Pedroia returned to the lineup Monday after missing one game due to flu-like symptoms. He went 2-for-5 in a loss to the Angels.
Impact: Pedroia has been swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .358 (29-for-81) over his past 20 games.
News: Workman allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings in Monday night's loss to the Angels. It's an encouraging outing from the 25-year-old right-hander, who had a 6.35 ERA in his previous five starts.
Impact: Workman had been skipped one start in order to give his arm a break and it appears to have made a difference. He was in control and looked much more comfortable, throwing 59 of his 89 pitches for strikes.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Red Sox have optioned center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled outfielder/infielder Mookie Betts.
Impact: The 21-year old Betts, a second baseman in the club's system at the start of the season, is back in the majors for the third time this year. He moved to the outfield at Pawtucket before hitting .244 with a homer and two RBIs over 13 games in his previous two stints with the Red Sox.
Jackie Bradley Jr. - #25 - Center Field - 5'10" - 195lbs
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | STATS
News: The Red Sox have optioned center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled outfielder/infielder Mookie Betts.
Impact: Boston manager John Farrell said Bradley Jr. was sent down to work on changes in his swing. The 24-year old was hitting just .216 with one homer and 30 RBIs in 112 games.
News: Ross (heel) may be activated from the DL on Tuesday.
Impact: On Monday, Ross will partake in a typical pregame routine, which includes batting practice, a bullpen session, and running. If he emerges from the events unscathed, expect him to be activated from the disabled list.
News: Betts was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: During his first taste of the majors earlier this season, Betts mustered a .244/.279/.366 line with one homer and one stolen base in 41 at-bats. He'll take over Jackie Bradley's 25-man roster spot, which should afford Betts some time in the field -- either in center, right, or at second base -- in the coming days.
News: Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Bradley was finally awakening at the plate of late, batting .313 (5-for-16) with two RBI, three runs, one stole base, and two walks versus four strikeouts in the last five games. However, he hasn't displayed any season-long consistency in that venture, which has spurred the Red Sox to recall Mookie Betts to log time in the outfield.
News: Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Astros. It was his first multi-hit game since Apr. 25.
Impact: Middlebrooks is now hitting just .188/.272/.286 in 125 plate appearances this season.
News: Manager John Farrell said he'll find ways to keep the hot-hitting Nava in the lineup even when Allen Craig (foot) returns from the disabled list, the Boston Globe reports. "We'll be able to keep Daniel with a minimum number of at-bats," Farrell said. "For as well as he's swinging the bat, we're going to find a way to get him in the lineup. Much like we did with Brock Holt earlier, there'll be a way that we can accommodate all this."
Impact: Farrell was short on details, but Nava has played first base in the past. And the team had Craig taking ground balls at first during his current rehab from a foot injury.
News: Pedroia did not play Sunday because of flu-like symptoms, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Brock Holt got the start at second base in place of Pedroia.
News: Wright pitched four innings of relief in Sunday's loss to the Astros. He allowed one run on four hits with no walks while striking out four.
Impact: The knuckleballing Wright, who has been a starter all season at Triple-A and Double-A, was called up to give the bullpen some insurance and he was needed when Joe Kelly was pulled after four innings (seven runs, seven hits, six walks). We suspect Wright will be sent back down to Pawtucket before Monday's game.
Sun. Aug 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz hit a pair of two-run homers and drove in six runs in Saturday's win over Houston.
Impact: Ortiz is hitting .348 with two homers and nine RBIs over his last five games.
Joe Kelly - #56 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 175lbs
News: Kelly was beat up for seven hits and seven earned runs while walking six and striking out three in four innings against Houston on Sunday.
Impact: Kelly had been enjoying a nice start to his Red Sox career, having allowed three earned runs through his first two starts, but the wheels fell off against the Astros. Most of the damage was done in the top of the second inning, with Kelly allowing four hits and six runs in the frame, capped off by Jose Altuve's grand slam. The right-hander will hope for a much better outing at home against Seattle on Friday.
Corey Brown - #39 - Left Field - 6'2" - 207lbs
News: Brown was designated for assignment Sunday.
Impact: Brown didn't do much in his time with the Red Sox, striking out in his only at-bat with the team. He will now have to decide whether to accept his assignment or look for an opening on another roster.
News: Wright was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.
Impact: Wright has pitched well in Triple-A this season, posting a 2.76 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 13 starts. He will likely return to the Red Sox bullpen to serve as a long reliever as he did earlier in August.
News: Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.
Impact: Napoli will take a four-game hitting streak with him to the bench Sunday. He will yield the start at first to Kelly Johnson, who will bat fifth for the Red Sox.
News: Pedroia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.
Impact: Pedroia left Friday's contest early after fouling a ball off his right foot and was examined after the game, with the results coming back negative. He was in the lineup Saturday but will sit for Sunday's series finale against the Astros, with Brock Holt playing second base and batting leadoff for the Red Sox.
News: Ross (heel) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday or Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Ross has elected not to go out on a rehab assignment. His return will likely end Dan Butler's stay in Boston.
Koji Uehara - #19 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 195lbs
News: With the Red Sox falling out of contention, manager John Farrell will not be pushing Uehara over the final six weeks, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: We don't see Farrell using other pitchers to save games, but there will be non-save situations where Uehara's usage is affected. For example, in Friday night's extra-inning affair, Uehara needed just seven pitches to get through an inning, but did not come back for a second inning.
Junichi Tazawa - #36 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: With the Red Sox falling out of postseason contention, manager John Farrell will not be pushing Tazawa over the final six weeks, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Farrell tired not to use Tazawa on Friday, which is why he didn't pitch the eighth inning, but he did end up coming on in extra innings.
News: Nava went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Saturday night's win over Houston. It was his third straight multi-hit game.
Impact: The news that Allen Craig's return from a foot injury is imminent -- he's set to begin a rehab assignment Monday -- means Nava may not remain in the lineup everyday. Once Craig's activated, the Red Sox will have him and Yoenis Cespedes hold down the corner outfield spots, which is too bad for Nava, who is hitting .331 with a .399 on-base percentage since June 1.
News: Pedroia (foot) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Saturday night's win over the Astros.
Impact: Pedroia had been forced to leave Friday night's game after fouling a ball off his right foot.
News: Pedroia (foot) is in the lineup Saturday versus the Astros, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: After fouling a ball off his foot Friday, Pedroia left the game and was promptly examined to determine the extent of the injury. He's checked out fine, though, slotting in at his customary two-hole and second base.
News: Ortiz hit a pair of homers in the Red Sox's win over the Astros on Saturday.
Impact: The blasts pushed his season total to 28, while he reached the 400 home run milestone as a member of the Red Sox on Saturday night. The age-38 numbers have been a step back from the past three seasons, but Ortiz still has a respectable .252/.341/.504 line with 91 RBI after he drove in six runs in Saturday's game.
News: De La Rosa gave up six runs on nine hits over four innings against the Astros on Saturday night.
Impact: De La Rosa didn't factor in the decision, however, as the Red Sox managed to put four runs on the board against the Houston relief corps. He's positioned to start Thursday at home against the Angels for his next turn in the Boston rotation.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz has become the third player in Red Sox history to hit 400 home runs with the team.
Impact: Ortiz connected in the third inning Saturday night against Houston, sending a drive into the first row of the center-field seats at Fenway Park. Ortiz has 458 home runs in his career, which started with the Minnesota Twins.
News: Craig (foot) is slated to start a rehab assignment Monday at Triple-A Pawtucket, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Craig will eventually be activated from the disabled list approximately 2-to-3 days after starting the assignment, forecasting a return by mid-week. Exercising patience is a prudent approach to garner if he can put his struggles (.237/.291/.348 with the Cardinals this season) behind him.
News: Middlebrooks is out of the lineup Saturday against the Astros, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Despite starting seven of the past eight games, Middlebrooks boasts a miserable .133 average (4-for-30), one RBI, and one run scored in the meantime. In his stead, Brock Holt will cover third base, while Daniel Nava takes on right field.
News: Buchholz has used his curveball more in the past two starts to great success, the Providence Journal reports. Friday's no decision was his second straight encouraging outing after a string of bad ones.
Impact: Buchholz, who has thrown the curve at least 30 times in the past two starts, has thrown his hook more than 25 times in a game just once in his career before this past week. He was able to throw it in all situations and drop it in for strikes. When Buchholz has a feel for his secondary stuff, he's usually in for a good outing. We'll see if he can continue this run of good pitching, but given his track record this season, we're not counting on it.
News: Ross (heel) may not require a rehab assignment, the Boston Globe reports. "I might just jump back in," he said. "We're kind of playing it by ear. We'll see if I need at-bats, but my BPs have felt good. We're kind of on the fence about that."
Impact: Ross took swings for the fourth straight day and caught a bullpen session for the second day in a row Friday.
News: Craig (foot) took batting practice for a second straight day Friday while also taking grounders at first and shagging flyballs prior to Boston's loss to Houston, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The updated plan now has him continuing baseball activity through the weekend before a rehab assignment that could begin as early as Monday.
News: Bradley went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Friday night's loss to the Astros. He had hits in each of the last two games before Friday.
Impact: Any thoughts that Bradley might be snapping out of his most recent drought were quashed Friday. He's now struck out in 20 of his last 42 at-bats.
News: Bogaerts was back in the lineup Friday night and went 0-for-4 in an extra-inning loss to the Astros. He's 5-for-43 (.116) in his previous 11 games.
Impact: Bogaerts has been playing pretty much everyday since Boston shook up the roster at the trading deadline, but he's not hitting like he'll continue to be an everyday player. After Friday, his on-base percentage (.294) and OPS (.640) have dipped to season lows. His drop-off over the course of the summer is worrisome. On May 31, Bogaerts was slashing .304/.397/.438.
News: Pedroia (foot) underwent a Fluoroscan following Friday night's game that came back negative, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Pedroia fouled a ball off his right foot and was eventually forced to leave Friday night's game after running out a grounder. He was sore after the game and will be evaluated Saturday.
News: Cespedes (shin) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: A foul ball to the shin resulted in Cespedes' early exit from Thursday's game, but he will be fine to play Friday as expected. In 10 career at-bats against lefty Dallas Keuchel, Friday's starter for Houston, Cespedes has collected five hits including one double.
News: Cespedes was 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a losing cause against the Astros on Friday night.
Impact: His fourth inning shot - his 20th of the season - gave the Red Sox a brief lead, but the Astros chipped away and won it in the 10th inning. Cepedes has an impressive 77 RBI and a pretty lackluster .254 average to go with those 20 long balls. They pay him to drive in runs, and he is very good at it.
News: Buchholz allowed two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out nine over seven innings of a no-decision against the Astros on Friday night.
Impact: The solid outing dropped his ERA to a still horrid 5.79 and it typically takes tarot cards or a very good crystal ball to predict what you'll get from Buchholz on any given night. He's scheduled to face the heavy-hitting Angels in Fenway Park next time out, and the Eight Ball says "probably not."
News: Pedroia was removed prior to the ninth inning of Friday's game after fouling a pitch off his foot in a mid-game at-bat, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Impact: No official reason was provided for Pedroia's departure, but Kelly Johnson replaced him at second base to begin the ninth inning.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Pedroia went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs in Thursday's 9-4 win over visiting Houston.
Impact: Pedroia is hitting .379 with eight RBIs over his last 14 games.
News: Nava went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored in Thursday night's win over Houston. It was his second consecutive multi-hit game.
Impact: When Boston acquired Allen Craig and Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline, conventional thought had Nava getting fewer at-bats, but circumstances have played out in such a way that Nava's been in the lineup pretty much everyday. Once Craig returns from the disabled list, that may change, but Nava is continuing a surge that began in June.
Brock Holt - #26 - Third Base - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Holt started at shortstop Thursday night and went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a win over Houston. He has hit safely in eight consecutive games.
Impact: Holt has cooled off some, but remains in the starting lineup and atop Boston's batting order nightly. In the last four games, he's started at shortstop, second base, center field and right field.
News: Webster was able to survive a rocky start Thursday night, an indication the pitcher is making the in-game adjustments on which Red Sox coaches have been working with him, WEEI.com reports. "I think we're seeing some small gains here," manager John Farrell said. "When you compare to two starts ago where things might have gotten away from him a bit, I think more than anything, he'll wake up tomorrow knowing there's another win next to his name, and hopefully that's added confidence along the way."
Impact: Webster walked two batters early and threw 15 of his first 24 pitches out of zone, but just 14 in his final four innings. Two starts ago, Webster got on a bad roll, walking six and getting pulled after 2.2 innings.
News: Ross (heel) is expected to start catching bullpen sessions this weekend, CSN New England reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell is confident his re-entry to the lineup will speed up pretty quickly after that. He's expected to go out on a short rehab assignment, but when that happens has yet to be determined.
News: Craig (foot) could begin a rehab assignment Sunday or Monday, CSN New England reports.
Impact: Craig took batting practice and ran in the outfield Thursday and appears poised for a return sometime next week.
News: Cespedes fouled a pitch off his shin in the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the Astros and was eventually pulled from the game, CSN New England reports. Manager John Farrell expects him to be ready to play Friday.
Impact: The incident happened in his next-to-last at-bat, but he remained in the game to take his final plate appearance. That suggests it's not a big deal, but the Red Sox will evaluate him Friday.
News: Ranaudo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Ranaudo acquitted himself well during his two-start run with the Red Sox, but he'll cede his rotation spot to Brandon Workman after he was tagged for four runs over six innings Wednesday afternoon. Expect Ranaudo to rejoin the major league squad in September.
Alex Wilson - #30 - Pitcher - 6'0" - 215lbs
News: Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: At this time, it looks like the Red Sox will put an end to their six-man rotation, as Anthony Ranaudo was sent back to Pawtucket in a corresponding move. With no true long reliever in the Boston bullpen, Wilson could fulfill that role upon joining the big club.
Ryan Lavarnway - #20 - Catcher - 6'4" - 240lbs
News: Lavarnway was activated from the 60-day DL and optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.
Impact: While the Red Sox don't have the catcher depth they enjoyed to begin the season following the release of A.J. Pierzynski and the placement of David Ross on the disabled list, the team appears content to let Christian Vazquez see plenty of playing time with the major league squad the rest of the way. As a result, Lavarnway will continue to hone his development in the minors, likely rejoining the Red Sox in September when rosters expand.
News: Bogaerts is out of the lineup Thursday against the Astros, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Even though the Red Sox's depth chart has cleared up a bit with Mookie Betts back in the minors and Allen Craig and Shane Victorino on the DL, the team still has to play musical chairs to get the versatile Brock Holt in the lineup on a regular basis. Thursday's victim will be Bogaerts, who has started each of the last 14 games, but hasn't done much to support his claim to an everyday role. Bogaerts has recorded just six hits in 43 August at-bats.
News: Cespedes (hand) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Astros, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: There was some concern Cespedes might have to miss a couple of contests after leaving early Wednesday with a right hand bruise, but it doesn't sound like he incurred any severe swelling. He'll man left field and bat in the cleanup spot for the Red Sox on Thursday.
News: Webster gave up four runs -- three earned -- and five hits over six innings to earn the win against Houston on Thursday.
Impact: Webster actually trailed 4-0 early, but Boston rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning. He was roughed up in his first start of the month on August 2, but has been solid in his last two outings. He'll remain in the rotation for the foreseeable future, and his next scheduled start will be at home against the Angels.
News: Cespedes (hand) went 0-for-5 with a run scored in Thursday's 9-4 win over the Astros.
Impact: Cespedes left Wednesday's game with a right hand bruise, but appears to be OK, at least for now. He's performed well with his new team, hitting safely in nine of 11 games, with two homers and eight RBI during that span.
News: Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and pair of RBI in Thursday's 9-4 win over Houston.
Impact: Pedroia highlighted a seven-run sixth inning by smacking a double that plated a couple of runs. He didn't start Wednesday's game, but there was no injury involved, so you can safely plug him back into your lineup.
News: Ortiz went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over Houston.
Impact: Ortiz did not play Wednesday, with the DH not available at Cincinnati. He's hitting just .202 (20-for-99) with a .261 OBP over the last 30 days, but he's still making the most of things, with seven homers and 29 RBI during that span.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Nava went 2 for 3 with an RBI in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Cincinnati.
Impact: Nava had been scuffling with five hits in 28 at-bats over his previous nine games.
Burke Badenhop - #35 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 205lbs
News: Badenhop picked up his seventh hold of the season in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
Impact: Badenhop yielded three groundballs over his 13 pitches to retire the side in the seventh inning. The 31-year-old owns a 2.59 ERA and 1.34 WHIP on the season, but his weak strikeout rate and meager hold totals won't make him rosterable most places.
News: Napoli homered and drove in three runs in Wednesday's win over the Reds. He was back in the lineup after getting a day off Tuesday, when David Ortiz played first base.
Impact: The Red Sox are coming back home Thursday and have no more series in National League cities, so we should see Napoli in the lineup pretty much every day from here on out.
News: Workman, who had his start skipped Wednesday to get some rest, is scheduled to start next Monday against the Angels, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Going back to before the All-Star break, Workman has lost his last five starts, allowing 30 hits, 16 walks and 24 runs in 28.1 innings. Hence manager John Farrell's decision to skip him one time through the rotation.
News: Middlebrooks entered Wednesday's game as a pinch hitter and struck out in his only at-bat. He's gone 1-for-15 with seven strikeouts over his last four games.
Impact: Kelly Johnson got the start Wednesday, but moved to left field when Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a hand injury. With manager John Farrell needing to get Brock Holt in the lineup everyday, a struggling Middlebrooks makes that task easier. Middlebrooks needs to generate sustained success against major-league pitching over the final month-and-a-half, or he'll find himself out of the team's plans for 2015.
News: Nava went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Reds. He sparked a rally for the second straight day.
Impact: With Allen Craig (foot) out and Yoenis Cespedes (hand) leaving Wednesday's game, Nava should continue to find his name in the starting lineup the next week or so.
News: Ranaudo allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out one in six innings in Wednesday's win over the Reds. He picked up his second win for Boston, but he wasn't as sharp in this start.
Impact: Ranaudo didn't have his best stuff -- there were several hard hit balls including two homers, a triple and a double -- but the young starter was not overwhelmed and continued to attack the strike zone. He was essentially filling in for Brandon Workman (rest) and we presume he'll be shipped back to Triple-A.
News: Bradley snapped his hitless streak Wednesday, going 1-for-3 in a win over the Reds. He had gone 35 straight at-bats without a hit before his second-inning single.
Impact: Bradley has seen his playing time drop over the last couple of weeks, largely due to his offensive woes.
News: Mujica picked up the save Wednesday, allowing two hits and no runs in a scoreless inning against the Reds.
Impact: Mujica got the call in the ninth because Koji Uehara had worked in each of the last four games.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Cespedes returned Thursday for Boston.
Impact: Cespedes left the game Wednesday after six innings with a right hand contusion after manager John Farrell said he got jammed in his last at bat.
News: Cespedes departed Wednesday's game against the Reds with a right hand bruise, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: It's unknown exactly when Cespedes suffered the injury, but it was painful enough to pull him from the game. While he could miss a game or two if swelling occurs, consider Cespedes day-to-day until further notice. Prior to exiting, Cespedes was 1-for-3 with an RBI single.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: Cespedes homered in Tuesday's win in Cincinnati.
Impact: He's homered in consecutive games and has seven RBIs in his last four.
News: Middlebrooks is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Impact: Middlebrooks started the last five games at the hot corner, but he went just 3-for-22 (.136) during that span, so manager John Farrell decided to hold him out Wednesday. Kelly Johnson will start at third base for the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon.
News: Ortiz is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Impact: The Red Sox will not be able to use a DH Wednesday playing in a National League park, so Ortiz will open on the bench while Mike Napoli gets the start at first base.
News: Pedroia is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Impact: Pedroia is hitting .341 (15-for-44) through 10 games in August, but manager John Farrell felt it was time for a day off with the Red Sox playing an early afternoon game Wednesday. Brock Holt will man second base in Pedroia's place.
News: Mujica made his eighth straight scoreless appearance in Tuesday night's win over the Reds. He picked up his second consecutive hold.
Impact: We never thought we'd see Mujica getting set up innings, but he's earned manager John Farrell's trust with his recent streak. In the past eight outings, Mujica's allowed four hits and one walk in 6.2 innings.
Tom Layne - #59 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 187lbs
News: Layne pitched a perfect inning and picked up the win Tuesday night. All three outs came against lefties, who are now 1-for-13 against Layne.
Impact: Layne has been pretty effective out of the pen since being called up to Boston earlier this month, prompting Manager John Farrell to give him some important set up innings.
News: Workman is being replaced by Anthony Ranaudo as a starter for Wednesday's game, ESPN Boston reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell isn't giving up on Workman, but thinks he could use some time off. The plan is for Workman to get one start off, according to the Boston Herald.
News: Ranaudo will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to start Wednesday at Cincinnati, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Ranaudo has twirled three consecutive quality starts at the Red Sox's top affiliate, going 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA, 1.158 WHIP and 13:6 K:BB in 19 innings. There's always worry when a starter takes the mound in the launching pad that is Great American Ballpark, but the combination of the Reds' middle-of-the-pack ISO (.131) and Ranaudo's 0.50 HR/9 at Pawtucket this season bodes well for the right-hander's prospects Wednesday.
Joe Kelly - #56 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 175lbs
News: Kelly tossed six innings of five-hit, two-run ball in no decision Tuesday against the Reds. He also walked three and struck out four.
Impact: Kelly has yet to receive a decision in his two starts with the Red Sox after coming over in a July 31 trade with the Cardinals, but he's only allowed a combined three earned runs and eight hits in 13 innings so he's off to a decent start in Bean Town. The third-year big leaguer now owns a 3.75 ERA with a 17:31 BB:K in 48 innings this season and is slated to start again Sunday versus the Astros.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Red Sox recalled Ranaudo from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. Ranaudo, 24, is scheduled to start at Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Impact: Right-hander Brandon Workman originally was scheduled to make that start, but he is being pushed back after pitching in relief during Boston's 5-4, 19-inning loss against the Angels in California on Saturday.
News: Napoli is out of the lineup Tuesday at Cincinnati, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The Red Sox have a two-game set on tap in a National League park, leaving one less spot to go around. As a result, David Ortiz will man first base, a development that may stay in place through Wednesday. Currently, Napoli has reached base in five consecutive games, batting .222 (4-for-18) with one homer, two RBI, one run, and five walks versus seven strikeouts.
News: The Tigers are interested in Nava as a low-cost addition to their outfield, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Nava has not yet been placed on irrevocable waivers, according to the major league sources, but if he is, count Detroit as a possible trade partner. Since June 1, Nava's hit .301 with a .381 on-base percentage, but will be squeezed for playing time with the recent additions of Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig.
Garin Cecchini - #70 - Third Base - 6'3" - 218lbs
News: Cecchini, who was hit in the face by a ball, has returned to the lineup for Triple-A Pawtucket. He missed two games after the incident.
Impact: Cecchini is 7-for-19 with seven RBI in four games since returning.
Edwin Escobar - #72 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Escobar was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: Escobar didn't see any action with the Red Sox after getting call as an emergency reliever for Sunday's game, but his 1.50 ERA in 12 innings as a starter at Triple-A suggests the Red Sox may consider calling him up to use out of the bullpen when rosters expand in September.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: De La Rosa allowed one run and five hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings in Sunday's 3-1 road win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Impact: De La Rosa has pitched well, giving up two runs over 13 innings in his last two outings.
News: Bradley was back in the starting lineup Sunday and went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Boston's win over the Angels. He is having a historically poor hitting season, which got worse Sunday. He's now hitless in his last 35 at-bats with 18 strikeouts.
Impact: Of the players in the league with enough at-bats to qualify, Bradley is 147th in average (.211), 141st in on-base percentage (.281) and dead last in slugging (.289). He's striking out in 29.2 percent of his plate appearances, an exceedingly high rate for a player whose game is not power. If not for his defense -- Bradley's saved 16 runs this season -- he wouldn't get any playing time. Bradley still has minor-league options and it might be best for him to spend an extended amount of time there.
Koji Uehara - #19 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 195lbs
News: Uehara picked up his 25th save of the season with a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Angels.
Impact: Uehara extended his string of scoreless innings to 11 and lowered his ERA to 1.32.
News: Mujica recorded just his second hold of the season Sunday, pitching a scoreless inning in a win over the Angels.
Impact: Mujica has gone seven straight appearances without allowing a run, his longest stretch of success, to lower his season ERA to 4.64.
News: Cespedes went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Angels.
Impact: With one swing of the bat, Cespedes plated all three of the Boston runs Sunday afternoon. The eighth-inning blast was the first for the 28-year-old slugger in a Red Sox uniform. Cespedes is now batting .265 with three extra-base hits, five RBI and six runs scored since moving from Oakland to the east coast.
News: De La Rosa worked seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and three walks while racking up eight strikeouts in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Angels.
Impact: Following a miserable outing versus the Blue Jays back on July 24, De La Rosa has now given up just five runs across 19 frames during his last three starts. The young righty is putting together a nice campaign for the Red Sox, as he currently sports an impressive 3.21 ERA to go with a 1.29 WHIP and 45:22 K:BB ratio across 67.1 innings. De La Rosa is slated to be back on the bump Saturday versus the Astros.
Edwin Escobar - #72 - Pitcher - 6'2" - 200lbs
News: Escobar was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Acquired by the Red Sox from the Giants in the Jake Peavy deal, Escobar will be available in long relief after Boston was forced to burn through eight relievers in Saturday's 19-inning defeat. The 22-year-old has worked exclusively as a starter at the Triple-A level this season, going 3-8 with a 4.76 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.
News: Ortiz is not in the lineup Sunday vs. the Angels, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell will give Ortiz a therapy day after Saturday's 19-inning marathon. Big Papi went 1-for-6 with a run scored and two RBI in the loss.
News: Craig (foot) has started swinging at balls off a tee, the Boston Globe reports. He's also doing some work on a treadmill.
Impact: The Red Sox got good news after Craig's visit with a foot specialist Friday and anticipate him being ready to go when eligible to come off the disabled list.
News: Bradley, who has not been in the starting lineup for four of the past five games, is taking some time to concentrate on adjustments to his swing, the Providence Journal reports. "We need [his playing time] to increase," manager John Farrell said. "And yet there's a stretch of time here where we're addressing some things."
Impact: This means Bradley's at-bats will be sporadic for the time being. He doesn't have a hit in his last 27 at-bats, so he's not a good option even if he were getting regular starts. With the downtime, the Red Sox are taking steps to get him back to the form he had when he hit .345 over an 18-game stretch immediately preceding the All-Star break.
Heath Hembree - #38 - Pitcher - 6'4" - 210lbs
News: Hembree made his Red Sox debut Saturday night, tossing four scoreless innings in a 19-inning loss to the Angels. He was sent back to Triple-A Pawtucket following the game, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The Red Sox needed some length in extra innings and Hembree, who hasn't been a starter since his sophomore year in college, extended himself to 62 pitches. A trip back to the minors isn't much of a reward for the reliever, but the Red Sox will need some fresh arms after Saturday's game.
News: Buchholz allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight in Saturday night's loss to the Angels.
Impact: Buchholz survived the first inning when he gave up two runs and three hits, but then settled in. He had all of his pitches working and threw them whenever he wanted. It was an encouraging sign after a three-game stretch in which Buchholz allowed 19 runs, 21 hits and 13 walks in 16 innings.
News: Bradley is out of the lineup again Saturday against the Angels.
Impact: Bradley will sit for a second straight game while Brock Holt starts in center field for the Red Sox. Entering as a defensive replacement Friday, Bradley made two good catches in the outfield. He'll be available off the bench again Saturday should the Red Sox need him.
News: Ross (heel) is progressing well from his plantar fasciitis, and the Red Sox feel he could be sent on a rehab assignment sometime in the next 10 days, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell said it "still seems to be a realistic possibility" that Ross could be activated when eligible to return from the disabled list on Aug. 17, but that would depend on when the backstop begins the assignment. In the meantime, Boston is going with two rookie catchers, Christian Vazquez and Dan Butler.
News: Bradley entered Friday night's game as a defensive replacement and made two sensational plays in the field in a win over the Angels.
Impact: Bradley presents a conundrum to manager John Farrell, who values the young center fielder's glove but cringes at his bat. Currently, Bradley is mired in a 27 at-bat hitless streak (13 strikeouts) after a three-week stretch in which it appeared he was emerging from a season-long slump.
News: Craig (foot) should be able to come off the disabled list when eligible Aug. 17, according to manager John Farrell, ESPN Boston reports. Farrell said there were no new findings after Craig visited with a North Carolina foot specialist Friday.
Impact: Craig, who is heading back to Anaheim to join the team on the road, will ramp up his baseball activities upon his return.
News: Pedroia picked up two more hits as he went 2-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI against the Angels on Friday.
Impact: Over the last two weeks of play, Pedroia (.280/.345/.377) has raised his batting average nine points, while putting up eight multi-hit games in which he's scored eight runs and driven in six. Pedroia still lacks a bunch this season when it comes to his power and steal totals, but as long as he keeps putting the ball in play he's one of the better second basemen in the league.
News: Napoli hit a 405-foot home run to left center on Friday against the Angels, as he scored a run, took a base on balls and picked up one RBI in three at-bats.
Impact: The Red Sox first baseman is getting on base (.360 OBP over his career) at a fantastic clip once again and remains one of the more productive hitters in the game with his ability to hit for power and to take a walk. The home run was Napoli's 14th of the season, which puts him on pace to once again exceed the 20-homer mark.
News: Webster (2-1) picked up the win on Friday against the Angels as he gave up two runs on four hits, while allowing two walks and striking out six hitters in 6.2 innings pitched.
Impact: It was a better-than-expected night for the young fireball pitcher as Webster only threw 84 pitches on the night before being pulled in the seventh inning. Webster got hitters to chase his pitch for most of the night, while lowering his ERA to 4.91 on the season. He next takes the mound on Thursday against the Astros.
Ryan Lavarnway - #20 - Catcher - 6'4" - 240lbs
News: Lavarnway (wrist) re-started his rehab assignment Thursday night after sitting out nine days. He went 3-for-5 with a double for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Impact: Lavarnway is 8-for-14 in four rehab games with the PawSox. It looks like the Red Sox will string him along until the rosters expand in September. Beyond this season, the Red Sox may take him off the 40-man roster in order to protect some younger prospects.
News: Bradley is not in the lineup Friday, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: Brock Holt will start in center field, as the Red Sox seem less inclined to give Bradley regular at-bats at this point in the season. His average, OBP and slugging percentage are all below .300, and while there is no denying his defensive prowess in center field, he will need to hit more if he wants to ever be more than a fourth outfielder.
News: Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a double in Thursday night's loss to the Cardinals. He now has collected extra-base hits in back-to-back games.
Impact: The Red Sox remain high on their young shortstop and will give him plenty of opportunity to make more impact as a hitter. Five of his last seven hits have gone for extra bases.
News: Middlebrooks went 1-for-3 with a double in Thursday night's loss to the Cardinals. The double was his first extra-base hit against a right-hander since Apr. 29.
Impact: Middlebrooks is hitting a paltry .143/.263/.286 against right-handers this season, making it easy for manager John Farrell to find at-bats for Brock Holt at third. This really is an important stretch for Middlebrooks, who needs to show the organization he can handle major league pitching consistently. The good news is that the double was to right field, offering a reminder of his ability to drive balls to all fields.
Craig Breslow - #32 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 181lbs
News: Breslow allowed a run on two hits in 1.1 innings in Thursday night's loss to St. Louis. He served up a 423-foot homer to Kolten Wong and has now allowed homers in his past three outings.
Impact: Breslow's performance in 2014 has been nothing like it was in 2013 when he shouldered some of the setup work late in the season. The left-hander has a 5.01 ERA and 1.79 WHIP with 24 walks in 41.1 innings.
News: Napoli is out of the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Napoli will take a seat Thursday with the Red Sox juggling two first baseman for one spot in the interleague matchup. David Ortiz will start opposite the hot corner Thursday, batting in the three spot.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The World Series champions have optioned outfielder Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Impact: The 21-year-old Betts batted .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 13 games.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The Boston Red Sox have scratched David Ortiz from the lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals because of concerns about wet grounds after daylong rains.
Impact: Mike Napoli replaced Ortiz at first base and batted fourth Thursday night. Yoenis Cespedes moved up one slot from cleanup to third, where Ortiz had been. The team said the 38-year-old Ortiz was available off the bench.
News: Ortiz lined out as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's game against the Cardinals.
Impact: Ortiz was originally in Boston's starting lineup, but was a late scratch for unknown reasons. The field conditions in St. Louis were wet and sloppy, so it's possible Boston did not want Ortiz playing in the field. Considering Ortiz made an appearance in the game though, his availability for Friday's game against the Angels doesn't seem to be in jeopardy.
News: Workman gave up four runs and six hits in 5.1 innings at St. Louis on Thursday. He struck out five and issued a pair of walks.
Impact: The Boston organization has always been high on Workman, who has been respectable in 10 starts this season, and with John Lester and John Lackey no longer in town, he has an opportunity to stick in the rotation for the rest of the year. He'll look to rebound from Thursday's so-so outing in his next start at Cincinnati.
News: Ortiz was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The reason for Ortiz sitting is unknown but will likely be released by the team in the near future. Mike Napoli will start at first base in his place.
Kelly Johnson - #7 - Third Base - 6'1" - 196lbs
News: Johnson (groin) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Thursday, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Johnson was acquired by the Red Sox in a trade that sent Stephen Drew to the Yankees. He will take the roster spot of Mookie Betts, who was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. Johnson's playing time may be limited with his new team, however, as the team already has Will Middlebrooks and Brock Holt at third base and Dustin Pedroia at second.
News: Betts was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: To make room on the active roster for Kelly Johnson (groin), the Red Sox sent Betts back to the minors. The move comes a day after manager John Farrell said he was looking to get Betts additional playing time, but the team wants to ensure everyday playing time for the 21-year-old at this stage of his development. He should be back up when rosters expand, if not sooner.
News: The Red Sox are expected to send Betts back to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Maureen Mullen of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Manager John Farrell said Wednesday that he was trying to find additional playing time for Betts, but it seems the team has come to the determination that he'd be better off with everyday time in the minors. Kelly Johnson, whom the Red Sox acquired for Stephen Drew at the deadline, is expected to take Betts' spot on the active roster. In 13 games with the big club this season, the 21-year-old Betts has hit just .244/.279/.366, but he should be back up Sept. 1.
News: The Red Sox have no concerns about the long-term health of Craig (foot), the Boston Herald reports. "No, no red flags in the long term," GM Ben Cherington said Wednesday. "We had access to everything (in terms of medical records). We didn't have any concern about whether this was a long-term risk."
Impact: Craig is being sent to see a foot specialist, the same one who treated him last year, but it sounds like the visit is largely precautionary. A Lisfranc fracture sidelined Craig late last season, and he sprained the same foot in his very first game with the Red Sox last Friday, but the team believes he will be able to return to the lineup this season. Cherington added that, "We just want to make sure we get it right."
News: General manager Ben Cherington acknowledged that "at some point there is going to have to be more offense" from Bradley, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Bradley, who is hitless in his last 24 at-bats, isn't about to get demoted at this point, but the team needs to see something more than a sub-.300 OBP and a 33 percent strikeout rate in 321 plate appearances. Manager John Farrell said they're working to shorten Bradely's approach, something he was doing a better job of when he hit .345/.406/.431 over an 18-game stretch leading up to the All-Star break.
News: Craig (foot) is tentatively scheduled to visit a specialist later this week, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Craig was placed on the disabled list after spraining his left foot last Friday, the first game he played for the Red Sox.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Craig was activated and went 0 for 3 on Thursday.
Impact: Craig was on the DL with an ankle injury.
News: Ortiz hit his 26th homer in an 8-7 loss to New York on Sunday.
Impact: Ortiz has gone yard six times with 18 RBIs in his last 12 contests.
News: Pedroia collected two hits for the fifth straight game in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Yankees, recording his fifth homer of the year.
Impact: Pedroia is batting .417 over his last nine games.
News: Buchholz's woeful season continued with another bad performance in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Yankees, though he wasn't tagged with the defeat. Buchholz gave up seven runs in five innings for the second straight outing.
Impact: Buchholz has been especially bad over his last four starts, posting a drab 9.00 ERA in that span.
News: Ranaudo was sent to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday to make room for Joe Kelly.
Impact: Ranaudo won his major league debut a day earlier.
News: The Boston Red Sox have put Ross on the 15-day disabled list because of a right foot injury.
Impact: Ross is sidelined with plantar fasciitis, a lingering condition that flared up as he ran out a grounder in his last game.
News: Pedroia went 2 for 4 with two RBIs on Friday.
Impact: Pedroia has two hits in three straight games.
News: Ranaudo won his big-league debut Friday, striking out Derek Jeter for Boston.
Impact: Ranaudo allowed two runs and four hits over six innings. He grew up in New Jersey rooting for Jeter and the Yanks. "That's something that will be part of my life the rest of my life," he said.
Shane Victorino - #18 - Right Field - 5'9" - 190lbs
News: Victorino is out for the season with a back injury.
Impact: Victorino played in just nine games since coming back from his last stint on the DL on July 19.
News: Ross came up limping after running out a ground ball against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning Friday.
Impact: Ross has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, and the latest aggravation could lead to him missing time.