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At around 6:00 Tuesday night while prepping for the broadcast in Rochester, my phone rang with the caller ID displaying “Arnie Beyeler.” Although I’m sure Arnie would’ve loved to chat about his day with me, when I get a call from the PawSox manager an hour before first pitch it can only mean one thing: roster moves.
First the not-so obvious:
- First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez has been called-up from Double-A Portland. The 26-year-old Columbian set a Sea Dogs’ franchise record for the most homers in a single month when he went deep ten times in May. At the time of his promotion, the former Yankees’ farmhand was tied for second in the Eastern League in doubles (27), tied for fourth in home runs (16), and tied for ninth in total bases (165).
- Second baseman Tony Thomas has been activated from the disabled list after suffering a finger injury during batting practice. In 47 games with the PawSox, the former Florida State Seminole is hitting .240 with seven home runs and 21 runs batted in. Thomas has not played since June 26.
- Right-handed reliever Will Inman was been activated from the disabled list (right forearm strain). In his first season in the Red Sox system, Inman has gone 5-for-5 in save situations and has allowed just 6-of-24 inherited runners to score. Inman has not pitched since July 17.
- Catcher Carson Blair has been called-up from High-A Salem for the second time (although he’s yet to play in a game with the PawSox). In 36 games with Salem, Blair is batting .210 with one home run and 12 runs batted in.
- Hard-throwing righty Chris Carpenter has ended his Major League rehab assignment and has been optioned to Pawtucket. Part of the Theo Epstein compensation prior to Spring Training, Carpenter had surgery before the season began to clean up a bone spur around his elbow. On Tuesday night, Carpenter hit 99 mph twice while picking up his second save.
- Outfielder Alex Hassan has been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to July 28) after suffering a laceration when fouling a pitch off his left shin. The injury required five stitches and forced Hassan to leave the game.
Now the obvious:
- Lars Anderson was traded late Tuesday afternoon to Cleveland for 27-year-old knuckleballer, Steven Wright. Hear Lars’ reaction to the trade by clicking here.
- Scott Podsednik was traded with Red Sox reliever Matt Albers to Arizona for Diamondbacks’ lefty, Craig Breslow. The Yale product, and New Haven, Ct. native, pitched for the PawSox in 2006 and ’07, and with Boston in ’06.
- Ryan Kalish and Clayton Mortensen have both been recalled by Boston. Kalish fills the void of Ryan Sweeney who is reportedly out two months after punching a door. Meanwhile, Mortensen pitched on a rain-shortened Tuesday night in the Red Sox six-inning win over Detroit and picked up his first win in a Boston uniform.
Get all that?
After a 5:00 arrival this morning in Allentown, Pa. where tonight the PawSox start a quick two-game series against the IronPigs, I’m off to a late lunch before going to the ballpark. I’ll talk to you tonight at 6:50.
After a quick two hour northern commute from Louisville, the PawSox team bus pulled in front of the Indianapolis hotel around 1:30 this morning for a four-game series against the Indians.
Aside from Saturday’s shutout loss in Louisville, this has been an offensively charged, and well pitched, road trip for the PawSox. Here are some of the team and individual accomplishments over the first four games of the trip.
- In the PawSox three wins against the Bats, Pawtucket scored 26 runs on 48 hits – not one was a home run.
- Despite having enough offense to overcome some poor pitching, the PawSox received a quality start in all three wins (Duckworth, Hernandez, and Buckner).
- Billy Bucker became the first Pawtucket pitcher to go 7.0+ innings since Justin Germano tossed 8.0 innings scoreless on June 30 at Lehigh Valley. It was his final start before being called-up to Boston.
- Daniel Bard finished off a 1-2-3 eighth inning last night with a 95 mph strikeout (11 pitches, 8 strikes). It marked the third time this year Bard has pitched in back-to-back days.
- Jose Iglesias is looking better and better at the plate. Monday night the PawSox shortstop drew two walks in back-to-back games for the first time in 2012. He now has six walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 games this month.
- Since the All-Star break, Iglesias has reached base in 9-of-11 games with five runs batted in, five walks, and six strikeouts. (On July 13, Iglesias did not reach, but only had one at-bat because of fouling a ball of the inside of his left knee.)
- Monday night, Chris Carpenter, part of the Theo Epstein compensation from the Cubs, became the first PawSox pitcher in 2012 to hit 100 mph. After watching four games in Louisville, and also asking around, the radar gun in Louisville is usually pretty accurate.
The PawSox go from playing the worst team in the International League to playing the best team. Zach Stewart, part of the Kevin Youkilis deal with Chicago, makes his first road start of the year for the PawSox tonight at 7:05 from Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. Our pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
The PawSox have a variety of roster moves today as they open up a four-game series at McCoy against the Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals):
- Infielder Ryan Dent has been transferred back to Portland. Dent, in his first ever call-up to Triple-A, went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter.
- Reliever Will Latimer has been received from Portland. The left-hander threw between 90-92 during his recent stay with the PawSox where he went 0-2, 4.50 ERA (4 ER/8.0 IP). His latest outing turned out to be his first career start, allowing one run over four innings on July 12 with the Sea Dogs. Before then, Latimer had made 123 career minor league appearances – all in relief.
- After being optioned to make room in Boston for Clay Buchholz, Mauro Gomez is at McCoy and tonight hits fourth and plays first base.
Right-handed pitcher Chris Carpenter, the 6-foot-4 “player to be named later” received from the Cubs in exchange for former Boston GM Theo Epstein, will have surgery today with Dr. James Andrews to remove a bone spur in his elbow.
Although this obviously isn’t the most daunting procedure a pitcher can undergo with Dr. Andrews, it certainly is a setback for Carpenter who seemed destined to open 2012 here at McCoy Stadium. I first heard the news yesterday afternoon via Carpenter’s Twitter account (@CCarp37):
“Headed into surgery tomorrow with Dr. Andrews to remove a bone spur in my elbow … Stayin positive and prepared to work harder than ever to come back as soon as I can this season!”
Ian Browne(@IanMBrowne), the Red Sox beat writer for MLB.com recently tweeted:
“Sox have no comment at this time on whether there might be additional compensation talks with Cubs in light of Carpenter undergoing surgery.”
Reading this has to make you think that “additional compensation” is not totally out of the question, but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to happen.
Jake Arrieta, the hard-throwing righty with Baltimore, had this same operation last August which ended his season. Brittany Ghiroli, the O’s beat writer for MLB.com, reported earlier this month that “Arrieta has said that removing the spur has helped his mechanics, particularly by keeping his arm in a more direct line to the plate, an effect which he hopes will help his command.”
Arrieta had the entire off-season to rehab from the procedure. It will be interesting to see how long Carpenter needs until he can get back on the mound.
Since Grapefruit League play officially kicks off this afternoon, what better time than to try and guess what the PawSox Opening Day roster will look like. We won’t know the actual roster until a couple weeks before April 5, but the good folks at MLBDepthCharts.com have already given it a guess.
Here’s what they came up with:
Pojected Starting Lineup (*indicates left-handed batter **indicates switch-hitter)
1 CF Che-Hsuan Lin
2 2B Brad Emaus
3 1B Lars Anderson*
4 C Ryan Lavarnway
5 3B Will Middlebrooks
6 RF Josh Kroeger*
7 DH Mauro Gomez
8 LF Alex Hassan
9 SS Jose Iglesias
CL RHP Scott Atchison
SU RHP Junichi Tazawa
SU RHP Tony Peña, Jr.
MID RHP Chris Carpenter
MID LHP Jesse Carlson
MID RHP Sean White
MID LHP Justin Thomas
MID RHP Will Inman
MID RHP Justin Germano
LR RHP Doug Mathis
Projecting a roster at the start of Spring Training is never easy, but it’s still fun (when someone else gives) it a try. Enjoy the Red Sox game this afternoon and have a great rest of your weekend.
Chris Carpenter @CCarp37
Want to thank the cubs organization for the very memorable 4 years, met alot of great people. Will never forget you guys.
That being said couldnt be more happy to join the Boston Red Sox. Very excited to get down to Florida and get back to work!
These are the first public words (on Twitter) of former Chicago Cubs’ prospect, and now current Boston Red Sox prospect, Chris Carpenter. No, he’s not the one from New Hampshire who just won the World Series with St. Louis Cardinals. He’s the “other” Chris Carpenter. The one drafted in the 3rd round of the 2008 draft out of Bryan, Oh. by the Chicago Cubs. He’s also the final piece of the deal that involved the Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein, and fried chicken.
Baseball America ranked him as the No. 6 overall prospect in Chicago’s farm system a year ago and had this to say about him:
“Carpenter profiles as a No. 3 starter or set-up man. Pitching out of the rotation, he works at 91-96 mph with his fastball, which has good life for a four-seamer. In relief in the [Arizona Fall League] he pitched at 94-99 mph and touched 101 in the Rising Stars Game. His low-80s breaking ball is a solid slider with bite at times and more slurvy at others. His changeup has deception and fade but probably won’t ever be more than his third pitch. Carpenter still is figuring out control and command, as he runs into problems with walks and gets hit more than someone with his fastball should. He needs to do a better job of controlling the running game after giving up 23 steals in 29 attempts last year. He works diligently to stay healthy.”
Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com quoted ESPN’s Keith Law as saying Carpenter has ”tremendous arm.”
Carpenter, who played his college ball for the Golden Flashes of Kent State, spent part of his 2007 summer on the Cape when he suited up for the Chatham A’s. Unfortunately, after suffering pain and inflamation in his throwing elbow/forearm, Carpenter was shut down.
To make room for Carpenter on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed right-handed pitcher Bobby Jenks on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from back surgery.
Carpenter, 26, made his Major League debut with Chicago in 2011 and posted a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) over his 10 games with the Cubs, all out of the bullpen. He limited left-handed batters to a .143 average (2-for-14) and held opponents scoreless in eight of 10 outings. The right-hander also combined for 32 relief appearances between Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa clubs last year, going 3-4 with two saves and a 5.91 ERA (28 ER/42.2 IP) between the two stops.
The righty led all Cubs minor leaguers with a 2.82 ERA (41 ER/130.2 IP) in 2009 and was named an Arizona Fall League Rising Star in 2010.