Results tagged ‘ Clayton Mortensen ’
Since it’s [insert day of the week here], that must mean the PawSox have some roster moves.
- Clayton Mortensen has been recalled to Boston for the fourth time.
- RHP Tony Pena Jr. has been placed on the seven-day disabled list (retro to August 6) with a left ankle sprain.
- RHP Steven Wright, acquired in the Lars Anderson deal with Cleveland, has been called-up from Double-A Portland.
- Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey has joined the PawSox as he continues a 30-day rehab assignment (thumb).
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.
In his first rehab start with the PawSox Thursday night, Carl Crawford played five innings and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of singles. With all of the focus on the Red Sox outfielder last night, a number of PawSox roster moves were overlooked.
- Left-hander Will Latimer was assigned back to Double-A Portland where he actually started last night and tossed four innings.
- Outfielder Jason Repko, who had homered in each of his last two games, has been placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
- Although the moves sending outfielders Scott Podsednik and Ryan Kalish had officially happened prior to the break, both played in their first game for the PawSox last night.
- Righty Clayton Mortensen, the 26th man for the Red Sox day-night doubleheader last weekend against the Yankees, was sent back to Pawtucket and pitched Thursday.
After a disappointing loss last night against Buffalo, the PawSox and Bisons play game two this evening with Billy Buckner (1-3, 6.43) getting the start. First pitch is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
The Red Sox have to be pleased with what they’ve seen from Clayton Mortensen this year. In his two stints with Boston, the right-hander has put together a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) over eight appearances while walking just two and striking out 15.
Following five innings of long relief in Oakland because Daisuke Matsuzaka experienced neck stiffness, Mortensen was optioned back to Pawtucket to make room for recently promoted Justin Germano.
“I thought I went up and did what they asked me to do,” Mortensen said about his recent time with the Red Sox. “It was nice to get back there and reiterate that I can help the team out when needed. I’ve been happy with the way I’ve thrown the ball up there.”
While his numbers with the PawSox have been solid (4-2, 2.39 ERA with 12 walks and 24 strikeouts), Mortensen has appeared locked-in during his two trips to the Big Leagues this season. A familiar stage, the righty has appeared in the Majors in each of the last four seasons with St. Louis, Oakland, Colorado, and now Boston.
“I think up there you seem to dial it in a litte more and throw each pitch with more conviction because there is more riding on the line,” Mortensen explained. “You really try to emphasize location and mixing [your pitches] and being able to get some bad contact.”
“The one thing down in Triple-A you always have to remember is that it doesn’t matter if you’re down here or up there, you have to attack with the same mentality. You don’t want to go up [to the Major Leagues], get your number called, and then all of a sudden change your mindset of how you’re approaching hitters.”
In his first year with the Red Sox, Mortensen has noticed something he never experienced with his previous Major League teams.
“When you have ‘Red Sox’ across your chest, you’re one of the big teams in the league. Everyone gets up to play Boston and you know that you’re going to see the other team’s very best. It’s a great feeling because if you play well, you know that you had success against another team at its best.”
Mortensen rejoins a PawSox club that aims for its 50th win of the season tonight in Rochester. Televised on NESN, Tony Pena Jr. (9-6, 6.23) will be opposed by Jeff Manship (4-1, 2.79). On the radio side of things, pre-game coverage begins at 5:50, first pitch is set for 6:05.
Talk with you then.