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Red Sox injury news: Felix Doubront slated to start for Double-A Portland Thursday

06.03.14 at 8:00 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — The Red Sox have identified the first rehab start for injured starter Felix Doubront: Thursday at Portland’s Hadlock field with the Double-A Sea Dogs against Erie.

Doubront has been out of action since he went on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain May 21.

‘€œHe threw the ball well,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Doubront’s side session. “He feels confident that the arm speed is getting out of his hand consistent with outings prior to coming off the mound.”

The lefty struggled in his most recent outing, giving up five runs over four innings against Toronto on May 20. Prior to the start against the Blue Jays, he had turned in back-to-back solid outings, allowing a combined two runs over 11 2/3 innings.

In other injury news:

— Catcher/first baseman Ryan Lavarnway underwent surgery on his left hamate bone, with Dr. Thomas Graham performing the operation. Farrell estimated a 5-7 week recovery period before Lavarnway could resume baseball activities.

Shane Victorino is slowly starting some running activities while recovering from the right hamstring issue that put the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list May 24. According to a team source, the plan right now is for Victorino to start a rehab outing after the Red Sox complete their current nine-game road trip (which would be June 12).

“Ground-based activities are starting to initiate, so that’s some running that’€™s going to take place,” said Farrell of Victorino, who would be eligible to come off the DL Friday. “We’re still too early to determine when he’d be ready for any kind of at-bats or a rehab assignment.”

Will Middlebrooks, who got the splint off his fractured right pointer finger Monday, is still a ways off from baseball activities.

“Still trying to gain full range of motion with the index finger,” Farrell said. “That’€™s not there yet. He won’t start to swing a bat until he’s able to gain full range of motion, which would indicate that the healing of the fracture is moving along as anticipated. He’s still in kind of an inactive period.”

Middlebrooks has been fitted for glasses when he returns to action, having experimented with contact lenses earlier in the season.

David Ortiz on David Price: ‘I guess the rules are not for everyone’

06.03.14 at 4:47 pm ET
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Predictably, David Ortiz was not happy to learn that Brandon Workman was suspended for throwing at Evan Longoria while David Price skated after starting last Friday’€™s fracas with what the Boston designated hitter called “some punk-ass [expletive].”

After Price, who has a history with Ortiz dating back to last season’€™s ALDS, plunked Ortiz in the first inning and hit Mike Carp in the fourth, warnings were issued to both teams. Workman missed behind the head of Longoria in the sixth inning, resulting in his ejection.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Ortiz was heated at the lack of discipline for Price.

“I don’€™t even know what to say, you know? I mean, he started everything up and we’ve got to pay for it, basically,”€ Ortiz said. “€œThat’€™s the message that I’€™m getting, right? I don’€™t have any answer about that, but it’€™s like I say, way too much evidence now that he hit me on purpose, and the funny thing is that we are the ones that are getting fines, suspensions, all kind of stuff. I guess the rules are not for everyone.”

Price said prior to Saturday’€™s game that Ortiz acts like he’€™s “bigger than the game of baseball.” Ortiz disagreed with that, and he also was irritated that Price still harbored animosity toward him over Game 2 of the ALDS, in which Price felt Ortiz looked at one of his home runs a little too long.

“He says I think I’€™m bigger than the game? Who around the league can say that about myself? It’€™s basically what happens every time the pitcher screws up,” Ortiz said. ‘€œThey’€™re always looking for excuses. You’€™re never going to see a pitcher coming out and saying, ‘€˜Yeah, I hit him on purpose.’€™ ‘€˜Oh, I was trying to establish my fastball in.’€™ Bro, you’ve given eight walks in 80 innings. You know what you’€™re doing out there.

“In my case, when he hit me I was a little confused because everything, the way it went down the year before and stuff. Basically, first inning, but as the game goes by I start thinking about things and seeing things different, and that’€™s why I was so angry after the game. … I don’€™t think what they’€™re doing is fair. I think the rules should be for everybody.”

While the fact that the benches cleared between the two teams twice in less than a week would suggest things could remain heated between the two clubs going forward, Ortiz said Price will not hit him again.

“€œIn my case, I made my point clear. I’€™m not going to get hit again, not by him. I’€™m not going to get hit again my him,” Ortiz said. ‘€œHe did it on purpose, he punked me and that’€™s very disrespectful. I’€™m a grown-ass man, I’ve been around the league for a long time and I know how to take care of business on my own.”

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Brandon Workman suspended 6 games, will appeal; no suspension for David Price

06.03.14 at 3:31 pm ET
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Major League Baseball announced a six-game suspension for Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman after he was ejected from a game against the Rays last Friday for throwing behind the head of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria after both sides had been warned in the first inning of their contest. Workman was also fined. According to a league source, Workman’s suspension stemmed from the fact that his pitch was in the vicinity of Longoria’s head.

Workman has said he will appeal the suspension, allowing the righty to make his next scheduled start, Wednesday.

‘€œIt wasn’€™t intentional, it was raining, the ball slipped out of my hand,” said Workman, who said the incident was the first ejection of his life. “They can take that into consideration.”

The two sides had been warned by home plate ump Dan Bellino after David Price hit David Ortiz in the back with a pitch in the first inning. While the Sox maintained repeatedly that Price intended to drill Ortiz in retaliation for the slugger’s deliberate tour of the bases following a long home run in the 2013 Division Series between the two teams, Major League Baseball did not suspend Price or announce any other discipline for any other players.

However, a league source indicated that it was possible that there had been punishments short of suspensions for other players that MLB chose not to announce.

Pitcher Brandon Workman of the Boston Red Sox has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, following a warning, in the top of the sixth inning of the Friday, May 30th game at Fenway Park. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Unless appealed, Workman’s suspension is scheduled to begin tonight, when the Red Sox are to continue their series at Cleveland. If appealed, Workman’s suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Red Sox lineup: Stephen Drew out, Alex Hassan in

06.03.14 at 3:06 pm ET
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CLEVELAND — With lefty starter T.J. House on the mound for the Indians, shortstop Stephen Drew is out of the starting lineup, with Jonathan Herrera getting the start instead.

Also starting for the Red Sox will be rookie Alex Hassan, who will play right field.

Here is the batting order with Jake Peavy on the mound:

Brock Holt 1B

Xander Bogaerts SS

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Jonny Gomes LF

A.J. Pierzynski C

Alex Hassan RF

Jackie Bradley CF

Jonathan Herrera SS

Click here for a detailed look at the pitching matchup.

Jake Peavy on The Bradfo Show: Reading signs ‘really the only thing I struggle with’ vision-wise

06.03.14 at 2:52 pm ET
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Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy joined Rob Bradford on The Bradfo Show to discuss the challenge of being a legally blind pitcher in Major League Baseball. To hear the interview, go to the Bradfo Show audio on demand page.

Peavy battled his poor eyesight throughout his early childhood but didn’t address the issue until he was in second grade. That was when he finally got his glasses.

“The day I went and got my glasses, the biggest thing they could put on the screen was that ‘E.’ It’s that big block that takes up the whole screen,” Peavy said. “For some reason I thought it was a full-on rectangle with some lines in it and I told the doctor as a second-grader I’d never seen that before. My mother starts crying at this point in time.

“Then I get these glasses. It was a life-changing day. I get in the car with my mother and obviously I could see things I’d never seen before. Once again it made her terribly sad, she felt like the worst parent alive.”

Peavy added: “It’s a crazy thing and unfortunate thing that I have such stigmatisms, thin retinas in my eyes. The shape of them, I’€™m not a candidate for laser surgery so I haven’€™t had that able to be done, and the best they can really get my eyes is about 20-40.”

Peavy’s eyesight gave him trouble in his start last Wednesday against the Braves. As it got darker outside, it became harder for him to read signs from catcher David Ross. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox promote Mookie Betts to Triple-A Pawtucket: ‘This was the time’

06.03.14 at 12:21 pm ET
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Feats of Mookie: One step away.

Mookie Betts will be promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket in the coming days, possibly as soon as today when the PawSox are in Durham. The news was first reported by SoxProspects.com and confirmed by multiple industry sources. (As of noon on Tuesday, there is still no official word as to whether Betts will be added to the Triple-A roster today.)

UPDATE: According to an industry source, Betts will indeed join the PawSox in Durham on Tuesday and be added to the roster.

“You look at his performance over the course of the season to date and he’s really excelled in every area of the game. That’s been going on. He’s controlling the strike zone, he’s running the bases, he’s playing defense, he’s obviously hitting, he’ s hitting for power and I think at some point, we have an obligation to challenge our young players when they are performing at a level where it’s not certain that they’re being challenged, it’s up to us to make sure that they’re being challenged,” said Sox GM Ben Cherington. “This conversation started a few days ago and we wanted to avoid introducing too much all at once to Mookie. We knew that, because he had started to play the outfield, we wanted to give him a little bit of time to settle in in the outfield before also introducing him to Triple-A. So, now that he’s gotten a little bit of time in the outfield and he’s gotten comfortable out there, we felt like this was the time to move him up to Pawtucket.”

The decision to move the 2011 fifth-rounder up from Double-A follows a brilliant season-opening run in Portland in which, over 54 games, Betts hit .355 with a .443 OBP, .551 slugging mark with six homers and 27 extra-base hits in 54 games.

He has more extra-base hits (27), walks (35) and steals (22) than strikeouts (20) — underscoring the idea that Betts is a player with uncommon hand-eye coordination, bat speed and barrel control, giving him the ability to impact the ball while maintaining a solid approach that permits him — despite a slight 5-foot-9 frame — to combine excellent plate discipline with the ability to drive the ball.

Betts opened the year by reaching in his first 36 games in Portland, extending his streak of consecutive games on base to 71 straight (including 30 regular season and five more postseason games last year in High-A Salem). He hit .393 with a .462 OBP and .607 slugging mark during the season-opening stretch in Portland. Though he’s cooled somewhat in the subsequent two weeks, he’s still delivered a solid .283/.421/.450 line with 14 walks, seven strikeouts and plenty of hard contact during his 17 post-streak contests. Read the rest of this entry »

Red Sox minor league roundup: Matt Barnes’ quest for efficiency; Joe Gunkel, strikeout machine

06.03.14 at 11:44 am ET
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A brief look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday:



— Right-hander Matt Barnes bounced back after a pair of rough starts (12 earned runs in 7 1/3 combined innings) to hold his opponents to three runs (two earned) in six innings. Though he gave up eight hits, seven were singles (with one double) and, for the first time this year, he didn’t walk a batter. He also matched his season high with six strikeouts, continuing a recent resurgence of familiar strikeout totals — after he opened the year with 15 strikeouts in 23 innings (5.9 per nine) in his first four starts, he’s had 10.8 punchouts per nine innings in his last four outings.

That uptick reflects the fact that Barnes has been rebuilding arm strength gradually after being shut down in spring training due to shoulder tenderness. Barnes suggests that he still hasn’t seen his arm strength come all the way back, but even as he works to regain his peak velocity, he’s assumed a more efficient, attacking mentality that has allowed him to work deeper into games. (He has pitched six or more innings in three of his eight starts; last year, he lasted at least six innings in just six of 25 starts.) Read the rest of this entry »

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