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Hi all, Josh Maurer here again. In case you missed the news yesterday Will Flemming and I will be co-authoring “45 Miles From Fenway” this season. Today I spent a full day at the JetBlue complex and have plenty to report.
Thursday morning began with the news that the Red Sox had optioned Garin Cecchini and Bryce Brentz along with relievers Heath Hembree and Zeke Spruill to the Pawtucket roster. Super-prospect starting pitcher Henry Owens was also reassigned to minor league camp and is expected to work with the PawSox group.
None of these moves come as a big surprise, as it has been widely anticipated that all five of these men would open the season in Pawtucket. They join catcher Blake Swihart, first baseman Travis Shaw, infielder Sean Coyle and starter Eduardo Rodriguez as players recently optioned from big league camp.
This afternoon the PawSox hosted Rochester at the minor league fields, a game that ended in a 3-3 tie after a very exciting finish. With Pawtucket trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, infielder Carlos Asuaje lined a game-tying solo home run against former PawSox reliever Ryan Pressly.
Shannon Wilkerson’s solo blast in the bottom of the eighth against Rochester’s Michael Tonkin snapped a 1-1 tie, but the Red Wings rallied to take the lead with two outs in the top of the ninth on James Beresford’s two-run single against Deryk Hooker.
All three of Pawtucket’s runs came via a solo blast, with Keury De La Cruz hitting the first in the bottom of the fifth. Craig Breslow started for the PawSox and allowed a run on two hits in the first inning.
Dana Eveland throw the second and pitched around two singles to record a scoreless frame, getting a double play to end a Rochester threat when right-fielder Henry Ramos throw out a tagging runner at the plate.
Keith Couch, fighting to make the PawSox roster when camp breaks, fired four scoreless relief innings. He allowed three hits and walked a pair but struck out three. Miguel Celestino did not allow a hit or a run in two scoreless frames behind Couch, picking up three strikeouts in the process.
Asuaje, who spent the majority of 2014 in Low-A Greenville, went 3-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases. He played both second and third base during the contest.
Here are some notes and observations from a full day at the JetBlue complex:
-I had a chance to speak with Manager Kevin Boles this morning. He has been assisting John Farrell and his staff in major league camp all spring and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The skipper said he may not join the Triple-A group until only a few days before camp breaks.
Boles says he feels reinvigorated after taking off from working in winter ball this offseason. You’ll be able to hear the full interview with him this Saturday at 1pm on PawSox Insider.
-Late this morning Farrell and Torey Lovullo presided over a unique batting practice session at one of the minor league fields, with the participants being the majority of the anticipated major league starting rotation. It was nice to see knuckleballer Steven Wright included in the group, which also had Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello and a few others. Jason Varitek throw the big league pitchers several rounds of BP.
-Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez did some light throwing over at the minor league fields late this morning with Farrell and members of the training staff watching. Vazquez is trying to work his way back from a sore elbow. Farrell said this morning that the team isn’t quite sure if the backstop will be ready for opening day.
That’s all for today. The PawSox play Norfolk on Friday at JetBlue at 1pm. It will be interesting to see if some of the guys recently optioned from major league camp like Cecchini and Brentz are ready to join the squad.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the Sweet 16 NCAA action tonight!
After being traded to Cleveland at the deadline this year for knuckleballer Steven Wright, former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson is on the move once again.
Part of a three-team, nine-player trade, Anderson has been sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that involves some talented players:
Red Sox fans remember when, on the same day Lars was traded, Matt Albers and Scott Podsednik were dealt to Arizona for lefty Craig Breslow.
Meanwhile, PawSox fans remember seeing potential ace Trevor Bauer pitch against Pawtucket in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game in Durham when he started for the Reno Aces. A top-rated prospect, Bauer struggled with command that night, using 101 pitches, firing only 49 strikes, and issuing 7 walks over 4 2/3 innings.
Bauer is maybe best known for his warm-up routine where plays long toss from pole-to-pole (it’s worth a look).
Didi Gregorious, 22, played in eight games with Cincinnati in 2012 and sure did look good the handful of times he faced the PawSox. In four games versus Pawtucket, the Netherlands native hit .294 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.
As for Anderson, his stay with Triple-A Columbus proved to be brief. Lars hit .196 over 18 games with the Clippers with five doubles and seven runs batted in. However, his last game of the season was on August 22 because of a concussion suffered when hit on the helmet by a pitch.
All the best to Lars on what we all hope will be a successful career with Arizona.
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.