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There was a delay Wednesday night before the bottom of the the third inning began as Ryan Kalish walked from his position in centerfield to the PawSox dugout and was taken out of the game.
Kalish, a former Red Sox Rookie of the Year and Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year, has tremendous talent but missed much of 2011 due to injuries (left shoulder and neck).
Fortunately, manager Arnie Beyeler told Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) of the Pawtucket Times that Kalish simply twisted his ankle when sliding into second base and is day-to-day.
A short time before yesterday’s doubleheader against Scranton-Wilkes/Barre, the PawSox had the following roster moves:
- Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to August 14). Although we haven’t been told the exact injury for Hassan, he did recently spend some time on the DL as a result of fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced him to miss from July 31 – August 4.
- Infielder Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list with a calf strain. Thomas spent time on the shelf this season from June 27 – July 31 with finger and wrist injuries, but days later was DL’d again with calf injury. In his first at-bat since being activated yesterday, Thomas connected on a hard-hit single and finished 1-for-2 in a rain-shortened 5-2 win.
It took Andrew Bailey a mere 11 pitches (eight strikes) to retire the side in order Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium in his first rehab appearance with the PawSox
The former American League All-Star and Rookie of the Year hit 94 mph twice with the second time coming on a swinging strike three to end the inning.
The Red Sox acquired Bailey, and his Oakland teammate Ryan Sweeney, on December 28, 2011 in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and minor leaguers Miles Head and Raul Alcantara. Bailey was the highlight of the deal from Boston’s perspective and was scheduled to be the Red Sox Opening Day closer, replacing the recently departed Jonathan Papelbon.
With the Red Sox bullpen in good shape, what role Bailey will have upon his arrival in Boston is a fair question.
“It’s not important if I close this year. I just want to help the team and achieve that goal of getting to the playoffs. Wherever they see fit is what I’m going to do,” Bailey told Pawtucket Times reporter, Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03) after Wednesday’s outing.
“Obviously closing is what I love doing, but pitching in the big leagues is the ultimate goal.”
Bailey has been on the disabled list the entire season after damaging his thumb during a collision with Pittsburgh’s Alex Presley during a late Spring Training game. The injury required surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament.
Bailey is expected to pitch Thursday in the series finale against the Chiefs. If he does, it would mark the first time this season Bailey would pitch in back-to-back days.
It was only six days ago when Daniel Bard put together an efficient 1-2-3 inning against Charlotte using 10 pitches (seven strikes) to retire the Knights in order.
However, his next two outings were anything but a model of efficiency. A combined 12 batters faced in 1 1/3 innings with five walks, a hit batter, a blown save, one wild pitch, and a total of 47 pitches (18 strikes).
In a 1-1 tie last night against Rochester, Bard’s number was called in the seventh to do something he had yet done with the PawSox: pitch in back-to-back nights. Needless to say, the Bard we saw last night was nearly a carbon copy of the one six days ago.
The right-hander needed just 10 pitches (eight strikes) to induce three ground ball outs to the right side of the infield. Following a sacrifice fly from Che-Hsuan Lin in the bottom of the seventh, Bard was awarded his first win of the year with Pawtucket.
“He turned it loose,” PawSox manager Arnie Beyeler said. “It was like, ‘Hey, I quit caring and I’m just going to throw it.’ His arm action tonight looked a little bit like we’ve seen in the past where he got away from the mechanical, robotic look and just reared back and threw the ball.”
Brendan McGair (@BWMcGair03)of the Pawtucket Times does a terrific job covering the PawSox and writes about not only last night’s outing, but a conversation between Bard and teammate Andrew Miller.
In other Red Sox news, Carl Crawford is scheduled to play tonight for Double-A Portland as he recovers from left wrist surgery. Sea Dogs’ broadcaster Mike Antonellis did a video interview with Crawford yesterday you can watch here.