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by Josh Maurer
Happy Wednesday everyone! The PawSox have won back-to-back games at McCoy against Syracuse and are back with the best record in the International League at 13-7. The squad continues to win despite some serious roster turnover over the past few days.
With the announcement that relievers Tommy Layne and Dalier Hinojosa have been promoted to Boston on Wednesday, the PawSox pitching staff has seen five players called up to the Majors in the past five days. Overall six players have been promoted since Saturday.
Matt Barnes (Saturday), Heath Hembree (Sunday), Steven Wright (Monday) preceded Layne and Hinojosa, who is making his first foray to the big leagues. Hinojosa allowed three runs in his first appearance this season, then pitched three straight scoreless outings of exactly two innings from April 15-24th.
It was only a one-day stint with Boston for Barnes, Hembree and Wright as each hurler was promptly optioned back to the PawSox the following day (Barnes and Hembree are back active, Wright should be on Thursday). We’ll see how long Layne and Hinojosa can stick in the Red Sox bullpen – one that could certainly use some fresh arms.
It was also just a one-day stay with the big league club for Jackie Bradley, Jr., who was recalled on Tuesday and optioned back Wednesday afternoon. Jackie has played so well early in the season – both offensively and of course with his glove – but John Farrell said he would only be used as a reserve in Boston. It makes sense to have him in Pawtucket playing every day.
There is some more good news for the PawSox outfield, as Rusney Castillo has been activated off the disabled list. The electrifying native of Cuba had missed the previous 17 games after injuring his right shoulder during the third game of the season in Lehigh Valley. Castillo adds some serious thump to the order.
The PawSox have welcomed several newcomers this week. Relievers Jess Todd and Robby Scott joined in time to help lead the PawSox to a 4-1 win over Syracuse on Tuesday night. Todd made a spot start (his first since 2008!) and threw four scoreless innings, while Scott made a trip for Portland in the morning and then earned a win at McCoy with three innings of one-run ball.
Jonathan Roof, a veteran utilityman who had been in Portland to begin the season, came before the start of the homestand and made his PawSox debut on Monday night. He made a very nice defensive play at second base to help the team to a 3-1 victory.
Finally, Kevin Boles’ squad has lost two players to the disabled list in the past two days. Valuable reliever Noe Ramirez has been placed on the DL Wednesday (retroactive to April 27th) with tightness in his back. Utilityman Jeff Bianchi went on the DL Tuesday with a left shoulder problem.
Got all that? Good!
If you didn’t get to listen over the weekend, check out my interview with International League President Randy Mobley in which we discussed at length the new pace of play regulations in Triple-A baseball:
Also, a heads up for those of you who live in Central Mass: our PawSox broadcasts on Charter TV 3 are scheduled to begin on Thursday afternoon with a 12:00 matinee against Syracuse. Check out the complete schedule of games that Charter will air this season right here.
Game three of the seven-game homestand is scheduled for Wednesday night at 6:15 as the PawSox try to take three in a row from visiting Syracuse. It will be Henry Owens’ fourth start of the season, and he’ll look to improve upon some command issues he has battled over the first three. Owens has not walked fewer than four batters in a start thus far in 2015.
Looking forward to speaking to you on the radio at 6:00pm tonight!
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.
Governors’ Cup Finals
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
McCoy Stadium | Pawtucket, Rhode Island | 7:05 p.m.
For the first time since 2003, the Pawtucket Red Sox are back in the Governors’ Cup Finals, looking for their first championship since 1984.
In order to win the 2012 Governors’ Cup, Pawtucket will need to win three games against the South Division champion Charlotte Knights (White Sox). At 83-61, the Knights finished the regular season with the third-most wins in the I.L. and recently defeated the best team in the league, Indianapolis, in four games to advance to the finals.
Pitching has been the constant for the Knights this season. They finished tied for first with Indianapolis for the best ERA in the league at 3.15. Furthermore, as a staff they were second in fewest home runs and hits allowed, tied for second in WHIP (1.26), third in strikeouts, and allowed fewer earned runs than anyone else.
Against the PawSox this year, Knight’s pitchers have gone 5-3, 1.85 ERA (15 ER/73.0 IP) while allowing just two homers in eight regular season games.
The PawSox can pitch a little, too. In the last three playoff games, Pawtucket starters have combined for a 1.33 ERA (3 ER/20.1 IP) with four walks and 20 strikeouts. Tuesday night’s PawSox starter is knuckleballer, Steven Wright, pitching for the first time in seven days. Wright’s only loss of the season (in four starts) came in Charlotte where he allowed one earned run over four innings in a 2-1 loss.
One game into the the current eight-game road trip, the PawSox have the following roster moves:
- Knuckleballer Steven Wright has been activated from the disabled list (shoulder) and will start Friday night in Charlotte. Wright has made one start for the PawSox since being called up on August 8 from Double-A Portland. The right-hander was acquired at the deadline from Cleveland for Lars Anderson.
- Outfielder J.C. Linares has been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to August 21) with a broken thumb. The injury occurred on August 19 against Buffalo when he was hit by a pitch. In 50 games with the PawSox, Linares is batting .298 with seven home runs and 27 runs batted in.
- Reliever Will Inman has also been placed on the disabled list (retroactive to August 21) with a thumb injury. The righty tops the PawSox bullpen with 35 relief appearances and has walked 34 while striking out 60 over 48 and one-third innings of work.
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.
Instead of making his second start of the year for the PawSox Thursday night, knuckleballer Steven Wright found himself on the disabled list with shoulder tightness.
Wright, acquired by the Red Sox at the deadline from Cleveland for former PawSox first baseman Lars Anderson, looked solid in his first start for Pawtucket. The 27-year-old allowed two runs on five hits over five innings on August 11 at Rochester.
“He did a nice job,” said PawSox manager, Arnie Beyeler. “His knuckleball was a little firmer than most that you’re used to seeing. He pounded the zone, had some good stuff, and I was real excited with what we saw.”
Wright, who was college teammates at Hawaii with current PawSox utility-man Jon Hee, made one start with Double-A Portland before being assigned to Pawtucket. With the Sea Dogs, the right-hander allowed just one run on five hits over six innings.
With Wright on the disabled list, Tony Pena Jr. (ankle) was activated Thursday night and tossed three and two-thirds innings in the start for a no-decision.