Player News - Red Sox

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Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Red Sox are expected to add Steven Wright (knee) to their World Series roster.

Wright had to be removed from Boston's ALDS roster with a nagging left knee issue but threw a simulated game Sunday with no problems. The Red Sox haven't announced anything official on the knuckleballer's status and probably won't until rosters are finalized Tuesday, but Bowden is hearing Wright will rejoin the bullpen. He's expected to replace either Heath Hembree or Brandon Workman.
Oct 22 - 5:04 PM

Sandy Leon will indeed catch Chris Sale for Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Recent reports indicated as much, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora acknowledged the pairing on Monday. And it's ultimately not a big surprise that Leon gets the call over Christian Vazquez, as he caught most of Sale's starts during the regular season.
Oct 22 - 2:53 PM

The Red Sox will meet Monday to discuss Steven Wright (knee) and his status for the World Series.

Wright was pulled off Boston's playoff roster after experiencing knee pain following Game 1 of the ALDS. The knuckleballer will eventually require arthroscopic surgery on the knee, but he's hoping to return to game action in the World Series. He made it through a simulated game on Sunday without any issues, so there's still a chance.
Oct 22 - 2:46 PM

David Price will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

That was the speculation already, but it's now official. Price spun six scoreless innings in his Game 5 start against the Astros last week to pitch the Red Sox into the World Series. Red Sox manager Alex Cora will see how his bullpen unfolds before deciding on whether to go with Rick Porcello or Nathan Eovaldi for Game 3.
Oct 22 - 2:42 PM

Sandy Leon is likely to serve as the Red Sox' starting catcher for Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

While Christian Vazquez has functioned as the team's primary backstop recently, Leon served as Chris Sale's catcher for most of the season, and that's likely to remain the case in the World Series as well. The 29-year-old is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason and hit a cringe-inducing .177/.232/.279 during the regular season.
Source: MLB.com
Oct 21 - 7:07 PM

Steven Wright (knee) threw a simulated game on Sunday without any issues.

How his knee responds to Sunday's session will determine Wright's availability for the World Series. The knuckleballer has been on the shelf since complaining of knee pain after Game 1 of the ALDS.
Oct 21 - 5:00 PM

John Tomase of WEEI.com reports that the stomach issue that caused Chris Sale to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS was not due to a problem with his belly button ring.

Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly button ring was the culprit, but it appears that he was just having a little fun with the media. The left-hander is over the stomach problem that sent him to the hospital and is on track to start Game 1 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Source: WEEI.com
Oct 21 - 1:16 PM

Mookie Betts worked out at second base again on Sunday, practicing double play feeds.

Betts was getting some pointers from Dustin Pedroia. Whether Betts ultimately sees some time at second base in Los Angeles during the World Series remains to be seen, but it's clear that Red Sox manager Alex Cora is seriously considering it. Working in Betts' favor as an option at second is the Red Sox' staff induces a good number of flyballs and the Dodgers strike out a lot. Still, asking the likely AL MVP to handle a position he hasn't started at in four years would be quite a gamble.
Oct 21 - 11:57 AM

Steven Wright (knee) will throw a simulated game Sunday.

He'll also do some pitchers' fielding practice on Monday. Wright is hoping to prove he's healthy enough to be added to the Red Sox' roster for the World Series. The knuckleballer was removed from the ALDS roster after one game due to a nagging left knee injury that will require surgery after the season.
Oct 21 - 11:12 AM

Chris Sale said Saturday that irritation from a belly-button ring caused him to miss his start in Game 5 of the ALCS.

"I had irritation from a belly-button ring, just constantly taking it in and out, causing irritation and got a rash down there," Sale said with a straight face on Saturday at Fenway Park. "Had to take care of that. Doctors and nurses over at MGH were awesome. Things happen, you handle them and keep moving forward." It's both a ridiculous-sounding explanation and one that Boston media is repeating without much further investigation, so we'll pass it along. Whatever the reason, Sale has since recovered and is on track to start Tuesday's World Series Game 1.
Oct 20 - 6:51 PM

Mookie Betts has been taking ground balls at second base and could man that position in a National League ballpark in the World Series.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said regular designated hitter J.D. Martinez will start every game of the series. He would have to man the outfield if he were to start in either Milwaukee or Los Angeles. Second baseman Ian Kinsler is the weak link in the Red Sox lineup. Putting Betts at second base would keep Jackie Bradley in the lineup in center field. It still seems rather unlikely but Cora did not rule out the idea when asked about it at a press conference on Saturday. Betts played part of one game at second base this season but other than that hasn't played anywhere on the infield since 2014.
Oct 20 - 3:38 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Chris Sale (illness) is healthy again and will start in World Series Game 1 against either the Dodgers or Brewers on Tuesday.

Sale was hospitalized with a stomach ailment last weekend but has since recovered enough that his status is no longer questionable. Cora said: "He's ready to go." He last pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Astros and exhibited reduced velocity and poor command. A healthy and effective Chris Sale greatly improves the Red Sox' odds of winning the championship. He went 12-4 with a sparkling 2.11 ERA in 27 starts in the regular season. He is 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance in the playoffs.
Oct 20 - 3:18 PM

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said in an interview on WEEI on Friday that Chris Sale (illness) will start Game 1 of the World Series next Tuesday.

Sale had to be pushed back from a scheduled start in Game 5 of the ALCS due to a stomach illness that sent him to the hospital, but he appears to be recovered. The left-hander will be pitching on nine days' rest, as he last started in Game 1 of the ALCS on October 13. Cora added that David Price would "probably" start Game 2, but he hasn't made any firm plans beyond his Game 1 starter yet.
Oct 19 - 3:09 PM

Jackie Bradley Jr. was named MVP of the 2018 ALCS.

Bradley Jr. is a deserving winner, hitting a pair of homers -- including a grand slam in Game 3 -- in the series and also drawing four walks. His average is just .200 in this postseason, but his .400 on-base percentage and .667 slugging mark -- along with his excellent defense in center -- is more indicative of how good he's been in October.
Oct 19 - 12:06 AM

J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer and went 2-for-3 in a Game 5 win over the Astros on Thursday in the ALCS.

Martinez walloped a homer off of Justin Verlander to give the Red Sox a 1-0 lead in the third. The slugger also drew a walk, and it was a continuation of what Martinez did all of 2018: Get on base and hit for power. He'll be the designated hitter for the Red Sox in Game 1 and 2 of the World Series, and then likely start in the outfield when the series transitions to the National League.
Oct 18 - 11:52 PM


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