Player News - Red Sox

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Sandy Leon hit two homers, the latter a grand slam, to lead the Red Sox to an 11-9 win over the Orioles on Monday.

Both Leon homers came in a nine-run fifth inning. He had been 6-for-26 with no extra-base hits this spring going into this one. One of 2016's biggest surprises, Leon seems likely to disappoint offensively this year, though he'll remain a quality defensive catcher for Boston.
Mar 27 - 5:33 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez gave up six runs -- four earned -- and nine hits in six innings Monday against the Orioles.

Rodriguez surrendered five extra-base hits in this one. He's looked quite strong for the most part this spring, but consistency remains a question mark here. He is all set for the rotation, at least until David Price comes back.
Mar 27 - 5:32 PM

Craig Kimbrel had a shaky inning Monday, giving up two runs to the Orioles.

Kimbrel's velocity wasn't up to par in this one, though the Red Sox indicated afterwards that nothing was wrong. Kimbrel has now given up five runs in six innings this spring. With Tyler Thornburg DL bound, the back of the Red Sox bullpen could be a weak point early on, even though the Red Sox have sacrificed way too much talent to build it up.
Mar 27 - 5:30 PM

Marco Hernandez went 2-for-2 with a double Monday, raising his spring average to .407.

Hernandez has an 1.189 OPS in 54 at-bats, so he's done everything he possibly can to win a bench spot. It's probably down to him and Steve Selsky to become Boston's 25th man. Hernandez's ability to play short and second would come in real handy, particularly since Brock Holt isn't particularly strong at those spots. Selsky could be a right-handed platoonmate for Mitch Moreland at first as well as a backup outfielder.
Mar 27 - 5:26 PM

Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will undergo testing -- likely an MRI -- on Tuesday.

Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm. He's also battled a "dead arm" phase this spring, as he's been limited to just two spring outings. The testing "is going to hopefully give us more information on what we're actually dealing with here," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "What the root cause to a spasm is, that I don't know at this point."
Mar 27 - 5:20 PM

Red Sox optioned OF Steve Selsky to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Selsky made a legitimate run at a bench spot -- socking his fourth home run of the spring on Monday -- but he'll go the minors and provide depth for now. He could get a shot eventually.
Mar 27 - 4:45 PM

Tyler Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm.

That's not good news for a guy who hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 1. He's been working through a dead arm phase, and this trapezius spasm -- even if it turns out to be minor -- will steer him toward the disabled list ahead of Opening Day. Thornburg was acquired from the Brewers in December after registering a brilliant 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings last season.
Mar 27 - 1:04 PM

Red Sox optioned INF Deven Marrero to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Marrero entered camp with only an outside shot at claiming an Opening Day roster spot. The former top prospect holds a weak .200/.257/.246 career batting line in 70 plate appearances at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 8:34 AM

Red Sox optioned C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Christian Vazquez will back up Sandy Leon in Boston, at least to open the season. Swihart, 24, is a .271/.328/.386 career hitter at the major league level.
Mar 27 - 8:31 AM

Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer of the spring Sunday in Boston's 7-2 win against Minnesota.

He also had an outfield assist, connecting with Dustin Pedroia on a strong relay to retire Brian Dozier at home plate. Benintendi is hitting .315 with a .980 OPS. The Red Sox gave some thought to hitting him third initially, but it appears they'll stick with the original plan to bat him second and Mookie Betts third, at least against righties. Benintendi could be dropped in the order in favor of Xander Bogaerts versus lefties.
Mar 26 - 4:34 PM

Chris Sale tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six Sunday against the Twins.

Sale has cruised this spring. Even more impressive than his 2.57 ERA is his 26/2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Mar 26 - 4:32 PM

Steve Selsky hit a three-run homer in his lone at-bat off the bench Sunday against the Twins.

It's between Marco Hernandez, Josh Rutledge and Selsky for one spot on the Red Sox bench. The team would certainly prefer to have someone there who can play a quality shortstop; Brock Holt can serve as the backup there, but he's not ideal. Selsky can't do that, but the Red Sox love that he's 13-for-40 with three homers and three doubles this spring. It also helps his case that he's a legitimate option at first base, potentially giving the Red Sox more flexibility to pinch-hit for Mitch Moreland against lefty relievers.
Mar 26 - 4:28 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that he remains hopeful of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing some first base this spring, but he conceded that they may run out of time.

Ramirez's throwing has been limited this spring by a sore shoulder. He's been playing catch for a few weeks without any apparent issues but has yet to test things out in a game. It's not a huge concern given that he's slated to see most of his at-bats in the designated hitter spot this season, but the Red Sox might not be able to play Ramirez at first base against lefties initially as they had planned.
Mar 26 - 10:00 AM

Red Sox optioned RHP Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket; re-assigned OFs Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig; 3B Matt Dominguez, C Jake DePew and RHP Hector Velasquez to minor league camp.

Ramirez struck out 17 batters in 9 2/3 relief innings this spring, but that wasn't enough to land an Opening Day roster spot. He'll be up with the big club eventually.
Mar 26 - 8:25 AM

Pablo Sandoval smashed a three-run homer in a 7-5 win over the Rays on Saturday.

He finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. He hit the home run off Blake Snell in the fifth inning. Sandoval was terrible in 2015 and missed all but three games of 2016 with a shoulder injury. The Red Sox took some heat over the winter for not bringing in an alternative to Sandoval at the hot corner. So far he has justified their faith in him, notching a .353 batting average with four home runs in 51 at-bats.
Mar 25 - 6:03 PM


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