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With Ryan Kalish recalled to Boston Monday afternoon as David Ortiz once again landed on the disabled list, speedy 6-foot-3 outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker has been called-up to Triple-A Pawtucket for the first time in his career.
Boston’s fourth round pick in 2009, Hazelbaker is in the midst of his best professional season. In 114 games with Double-A Portland, the 25-year-old is batting .273 with 19 home runs and 64 runs batted in (both career highs). Add to those numbers 33 stolen bases — good for second-most in the Red Sox minor league system (Garin Cecchini, Single-A Greenville, 46).
At the time of his promotion, Hazelbaker was riding a 10-game hitting streak (17-for-46) with the Sea Dogs while batting .360 during August. From July 28 to August 15, Hazelbaker put together a Portland-best 13-game hitting streak where he hit .400 (20-for-50).
My good friend, and “Voice of the Sea Dogs,” Mike Antonellis (@seadogsradio) pointed out to me that the Ball State product reached base in 11 straight plate appearances from July 17-18, and set a Portland franchise record with four stolen bases on July 22 at New Hampshire. (Mike’s blog is well worth a vist everyday for the latest on the Sea Dogs.)
After a slow start where he hit just .231 with four home runs over April and May, Hazelbaker has really cranked things up. Since June 1, he is hitting .295 with 15 homers and 50 RBI and is batting nearly the same versus righties as he is lefties (.272/.274).
Although there’s not much left to the regular season, it will be interesting to see how Hazelbaker hits away from Hadlock Field in Portland where he crushed with a .333 average (.203 on the road), and hit 14 of his 19 homers. He also had 30 more runs batted in at home than he did away.
Hazelbaker joins the PawSox in Lawrenceville, Ga. on the last leg of the final road trip of the regular season.
The PawSox have been a little beat up by injuries lately. Here’s an update on how some guys are doing:
- Outfielder Ryan Kalish twisted his ankle sliding into second base against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is in Pawtucket’s lineup (DH) Monday night for the first time since the injury on August 15. He was never placed on the disabled list.
- Sunday afternoon against Buffalo, outfielder J.C. Linares was hit by a pitch that first struck his thumb, then his bicep. He is day-to-day and is out of the PawSox lineup Monday night.
- First baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez was hit on the hand by a pitch on August 14 and hasn’t played since. He continues to be day-to-day but is not on the disabled list.
- Knuckleballer Steven Wright was placed seven-day disabled list last week with shoulder soreness. He said today that things have improved and he’s feeling good.
- Outfielder Alex Hassan recently had to go back on the disabled list as a result of the laceration on his left shin reopening. He said things are healing well but he needs to continue giving the injury rest so the cut won’t open up again.
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.
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 PawSox have had their share of Major League rehabbers this season. In fact, before today, six Red Sox players had rehabbed with Pawtucket this year.
1. Andrew Miller
2. Rich Hill
3. Daisuke Matsuzaka
4. Kevin Youkilis
5. Darnell McDonald
6. Ryan Kalish (later optioned to the PawSox)
We can now add two more names to the list: Cody Ross and Aaron Cook. Ross, in his first year with the Red Sox, is scheduled to lead-off tonight in Buffalo and DH. The Red Sox outfielder suffered a broken bone in his left foot that fortunately did not need surgery.
Right-hander Aaron Cook, who began the season with the PawSox, is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Monday in Syracuse. Cook’s injury is as odd as it is disappointing. In his 2012 Major League debut at Fenway Park, Cook suffered a deep cut on his knee when he was “cleated” covering home plate.
The PawSox are a league-best 43-25 and can lock down a sereis win with a “W” in Buffalo tonight. Billy Buckner (0-1, 11.42) will be opposed by Bisons’ starter Jeurys Familia (5-3, 4.35). First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
After a month of May that saw him hit .230 (20-for-87) with 12 runs batted in over 26 games, Alex Hassan has been surging through his first seven games of June. He has a team-leading 9 RBI this month and last night had his first four-hit game of the year.
Hassan, who has played in 53 games this season, has notched 11 of his 32 RBI over his last nine starts. Currently riding a five-game hitting streak (9-for-22), the PawSox outfielder is batting .393 (11-for-28) this month.
- We had our second look at Daniel Bard last night, our first from the bullpen. He allowed a run on one hit over a scheduled one inning of work while striking out two. The righty did not hit or walk a batter. Regarding velocity, the McCoy gun clocked him a 94 on a couple of pitches, and 95 once. He climbed up to 96 on one fastball that nearly hit the batter.
- Pedro Ciriaco’s ninth-inning double last night extended his hitting streak to nine games (10-for-37). The PawSox infielder already owns a team-best 12-game hitting streak that spanned from April 28 – May 14 (20-for-53, .377).
- With last night’s 16-hit effort by PawSox batters, Pawtucket is batting a league-best .316 this month with 13 home runs.
- There are a number of hitters leading the club’s offensive charge in June. Ryan Kalish is batting .500 (12-for-24) in his first six games, while Ryan Lavarnway is hitting .400 (12-for-30). Lars Anderson has eight RBI in nine games this month while batting .367 (11-for-30). Then there’s Hassan who, as mentioned above, is hitting .393 in June.
- After hitting just .218 (17-for-78) in 21 games in May, Mauro Gomez is crushing the ball this month. He has three-straight two-hit efforts and is batting .351 (13-for-37) over his first nine games this month. Gomez did not play every day last month because of his first-ever Major League call-up.
Following a season-high eight strikeouts in his last start (his most since 2010), Brandon Duckworth (6-1, 4.22) starts in the series finale for the PawSox tonight against Gwinnett. All three times this season Duck has lasted six or more innings, he’s turned in a quality start. The right-hander will be opposed by righty Kris Medlen (0-1, 4.91).
First pitch tonight from McCoy is set for 7:05, pre-game coverage begins at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
The PawSox have mashed five home runs in their last two games against Indianapolis – Ryan Kalish and Ryan Lavarnway have combined for four of them.
The rehabbing Kalish has gone 4-for-5 over his first two games in Pawtucket with two homers, four runs batted in, four walks, and five runs scored. He reached base in his first eight appearances, four shy of the club’s all-time record (12, Andy Dominique, 2003).
Talking about his homer in his first at-bat Tuesday night, Kalish remarked, “anytime you can hit a home run in your first at-bat…you feel good, you feel comfortable. You feel like you’re in control of what you’re going to do up there.”
Meanwhile, Lavarnway is hitting better than he has all season. Since May 22, the PawSox catcher is the top hitter in the International League, batting .415 (17-for-41) with eight extra-base hits, including three homers, and ten RBI.
For the second-time this season, Lavarnway has homered in back-to-back games, with the last time happening April 16 and 17 at Syracuse.
- The PawSox lead the I.L. with 65 home runs in 60 games. They have the third-most homers in all of Triple-A (Oklahoma City, 71; Sacramento, 69).
- After batting .214 (15-for-70) over 19 games in April, Che-Hsuan Lin hit .299 (20-for-67) in May where he played 20 games. The speedster from Taiwan saw his 22-game Triple-A on-base streak snapped May 31, and has at least one hit in 21 of his last 28 games.
- Remember Yamaico Navarro? The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Red Sox in September of 2005, and appeared in 36 games over two seasons with the Red Sox before being traded to Kansas City (along with minor leaguer Kendal Volz) for shortstop Mike Aviles. During the recent off-season, Navarro was then traded to Pittsburgh for a pair of prospects.
- Short-season Lowell will be represented at Fenway Park tonight. The “Voice of LeLacheur Park,” Mike Riley, will serve as the “Voice of Fenway Park” this evening. Riley also works as a Sports Flash anchor for WEEI, and is a traffic reporter for WRKO. Add to that PA duties for the Spinners, Boston Blazers, and Bentley University.
- We had a chance to conduct a phone interview today with Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava. He talked about his second trip to the Big Leagues and even gave a couple of fitness tips. The entire interview can be heard this Saturday at 2:00 on PawSox Insider, aired on 920 WHJJ.
The PawSox and Indians continue their four-game series tonight from McCoy. Righty Brandon Duckworth (5-1, 4.34) will be opposed by right-hander Jeff Karstens (0-2, 4.82). First pitch is set for 7:05, we hit the air at 6:50.
Talk with you then.
The first rehab appearance for Ryan Kalish in Pawtucket went just about as well as anyone could have scripted. He belted a two-run homer to right field in his first at-bat, tacked on an RBI single in the third, and also walked three times and stole a base.
Kalish talked about his frist game with the PawSox Wednesday afternoon from McCoy Stadium.
Kalish is once again batting second and playing center field for the PawSox this evening.
In his seventh rehab game of the year – his first with the PawSox – Ryan Kalish looked in mid-season form. The center fielder finished 2-for-2 with a two-run homer in the first inning. He followed that up with an RBI single to left field in the third, and added three walks.
“It was awesome to be out there, man,” said Kalish after the game. “I just had a really good time with my teammates.”
When talking about his home run, Kalish remarked, “that’s not something I’m looking to do, really ever. Obviously doing it in my first at-bat back was a really fun time.”
Kalish also scored three times and even stole second base in the third inning.
“I feel good. I mean, everything is coming together. I’m just on the grind, trying to get back.”
The PawSox thumped the Indians 13-2 Tuesday night, marking their most lopsided win of the season. Along with Kalish, Mauro Gomez and Ryan Lavarnway also homered. Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched an inning and a third and allowed a run on three hits while walking and striking out two batters.