Player News - Red Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

Hector Velazquez struck out four while allowing one run in two innings Sunday against the Rays.

Velazquez's start today came a mere eight days after the Red Sox signed him out of Mexico. He'll open up in Triple-A, but he's a definite sleeper to see time in the major league rotation this year.
Feb 26 - 4:34 PM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs to lead the Red Sox over the Twins 8-7 on Saturday.

One of the hits was a double. The superstar hit third in the lineup and played right field. He put up a monster fantasy line of .318/.363/.534 with 31 home runs, 122 runs scored, 113 RBI and 26 stolen bases last year. He is worth a first-round draft pick in all fantasy formats.
Feb 25 - 6:22 PM

Tyler Thornburg was pasted for five runs -- four earned -- on four hits while getting only two outs against the Twins on Saturday.

He also walked a batter and struck one out. All four of the hits were singles and there was a Mookie Betts error and a sacrifice fly mixed in. It was a gruesome stat line for Thornburg but he remains in line to serve as an elite set-up man for closer Craig Kimbrel this season.
Feb 25 - 6:19 PM

Dustin Pedroia will continue to hit leadoff for the Red Sox.

Mookie Betts started last season as Boston's leadoff hitter but was eventually moved down in the order so the Red Sox could better utilize his power. Pedroia made a smooth transition to the leadoff spot, slashing .362/.394/.457 over 199 at-bats. Second base is fairly deep this season but the 33-year-old remains an excellent fantasy option in all formats.
Feb 25 - 5:08 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) made it through a live batting practice session without any issues on Saturday.

It's the first live session that he's had this spring and a big step in the right direction for the southpaw. The next step is for him to complete a side session early in the week and if all goes well he'll make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Rays. Rodriguez is locked in a battle with Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz for the final two spots in the club's Opening Day rotation.
Feb 25 - 12:39 PM

Chris Sale is scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League start with the Red Sox on March 6 against the Astros.

Sale logged 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016, so the Red Sox are doing the wise thing and easing him into action this spring. He joins David Price and Rick Porcello to form as formidable a threesome as exists in the American League heading into 2017.
Source: ESPN
Feb 25 - 11:34 AM

Mitch Moreland is batting fifth in the lineup for his Red Sox debut on Saturday against the Twins.

Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Sandy Leon are the only projected regulars who aren't in the lineup, all of whom played in Friday's game against the Mets. It'll be interesting to see if Moreland remains near the middle of the lineup once their full complement of players are in there, as it would lead to ample RBI chances.
Feb 25 - 8:08 AM

Henry Owens gave up two runs in two innings Friday in his start against the Mets.

Owens isn't part of the Red Sox's rotation competition, so all he can really do this spring is hope to separate himself from Roenis Elias, Brian Johnson and Kyle Kendrick as the team's fallback options. He did have four strikeouts today, so it wasn't all bad.
Feb 24 - 4:08 PM

Brian Bogusevic hit a two-run homer off Mets reliever Josh Edgin on Friday.

Giving up a homer to a left-handed hitter certainly wasn't the way Edgin wanted to open his spring. Bogusevic, a career .238/.311/.373 hitters in 748 major league at-bats, signed with the Red Sox last month after a rough year in Japan. The Red Sox won't be carrying a pure fifth outfielder, so Bogusevic's only chance of making the team will be if someone ahead of him gets hurt.
Feb 24 - 4:05 PM

Sam Travis delivered a three-run homer to help the Red Sox top Northeastern 9-6 on Thursday.

Mitch Moreland also had a three-run shot. It's Travis's hope to overtake Moreland sometime this summer, and he could have a shot. The torn ACL that ended his 2016 season at the end of May was a big blow, but he's a solid first-base prospect with improving power.
Feb 23 - 3:54 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said it was "disappointing" to see Rusney Castillo jog down the line on a doubleplay grounder during Thursday's exhibition game against Northeastern.

Castillo claimed he lost track of the number of outs, but that doesn't really excuse the jogging. Farrell noted after the game that the 29-year-old outfielder does not have a spot on the 40-man roster leading into the 2017 regular season, and it's a good bet that won't change this spring. Castillo was signed to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract out of Cuba in 2014. He is already one of the biggest financial busts in baseball history.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 23 - 3:51 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Saturday.

It'll be a big step in the right direction for the young left-hander, who tweaked his troublesome right knee in December while pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League. Rodriguez is battling with Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright for the final two spots in the Red Sox rotation, and he's about a week ahead of the competition at the moment.
Feb 23 - 9:53 AM

Casey Janssen has agreed to a deal with Acereros del Norte of the Mexican League.

Janssen spent a month-and-a-half in the Red Sox system last summer before getting released from Triple-A Pawtucket in early August. He then failed to latch on with another organization. The 35-year-old former Blue Jays closer is probably done as a Major League Baseball player.
Feb 21 - 7:56 PM

Brandon Workman (elbow) threw to hitters Monday.

Workman hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 due to elbow troubles, but he apparently looked sharp during Monday's workout in Red Sox camp. "I was excited. It was good to be back out there and have batters in the box and just be part of the regular stuff," Workman said. "I felt like it got there." The 28-year-old right-hander is trying to win a spot in the Boston bullpen.
Source: WEEI
Feb 20 - 3:08 PM

Drew Pomeranz (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of Red Sox camp on Monday.

And it apparently went smoothly. Pomeranz finished last season with elbow problems, but he's had no issues so far this spring and he should have a place in the Red Sox rotation if the story remains the same. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are also in the running for the final two spots.
Feb 20 - 12:55 PM


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