Player News - Red Sox

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Steven Wright took the loss in his return from the disabled list Friday, giving up five runs over six innings against the Royals.

Wright really struggled with his command and control in the first inning and gave up all five runs in the process (via homers from Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon). He settled down nicely from there, but the damage was done. The knuckleballer struck out just one batter on the night. He now owns a 3.18 ERA through through 23 starts on the year and will square off against the Rays next week at home.
Aug 26 - 10:47 PM

Mookie Betts went 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles in Friday’s loss to the Royals.

All five hits were singles. This was the first five-hit game of his career. Betts, Dustin Pedroia, and Xander Bogaerts combined for 12 hits on the night, but they only managed three runs against Ian Kennedy and the Royals’ bullpen. With a .320/.360/.557 batting line to go along with 28 homers, 93 RBI, 21 steals, and 99 runs scored, Betts continues to look like a strong MVP candidate.
Aug 26 - 10:45 PM

Jackie Bradley, Jr. went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday against the Royals.

The struggles continue for Bradley. He has just three hits in 34 at-bats over his last nine games and is hitting .167 (15-for-90) with 32 strikeouts this month. He’ll probably be happy to see the calendar flip to September.
Aug 26 - 10:45 PM

An MRI on Andrew Benintendi's left knee didn't reveal any structural damage.

Benintendi took a nasty spill during Wednesday's game while trying to avoid a tag at second base, but it appears he's avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn't known at this point, but the Red Sox should get him back sometime next month.
Aug 26 - 4:30 PM

Red Sox optioned RHP Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket.

He's posted a 2.40 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 30 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season. Hembree will return when rosters expand.
Aug 26 - 12:11 PM

Red Sox activated RHP Steven Wright from the 15-day disabled list.

He'll rejoin the Red Sox' rotation on Friday against the Royals after missing three weeks with a jammed shoulder that he suffered while pinch-running. Wright has mostly faded the last couple months after a terrific start to the season, although he did throw a shutout in his last outing.
Aug 26 - 12:10 PM

Clay Buchholz will move to the bullpen when Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) returns to the starting rotation Sunday against the Royals.

Steven Wright (shoulder) is also returning this weekend. Buchholz is coming off arguably his best start of the season (6 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R Tuesday against Tampa Bay) and has been a much improved pitcher in the second half with a 3.00 ERA over 11 appearances. There's a good chance we'll see him back in the rotation at some point this year.
Aug 25 - 4:20 PM

Drew Pomeranz took a loss against the Rays after allowing two runs and striking out 11 in six-plus innings.

Working in a 1-1 game, Pomeranz gave up a single and an RBI double to open the seventh before being lifted. The Red Sox went on to lose 2-1. It's still worth wondering if Pomeranz will fade down the stretch as his innings count continues to build, but he's been very good lately after a rough first three starts for the Red Sox.
Aug 25 - 4:13 PM

Aaron Hill went 0-for-3 in the loss to the Rays on Thursday and is hitting .202/.268/.258 since joining the Red Sox on July 7.

The Red Sox bought in to Hill's fluky first half when they sent two prospects the Brewers way for his services, and they're living to regret it. He should be limited to starting against lefties the rest of the way; there's no excuse for having him in the lineup against a righty like Jake Odorizzi.
Aug 25 - 4:05 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez (hamstring) has declared himself ready to start Sunday versus the Royals.

Rodriguez went all-out in a bullpen session Thursday at Tropicana Field and experienced no lingering discomfort in his left hamstring. He last started August 16 against the Orioles and made it through just four innings (hitless innings, by the way) before feeling hamstring tightness. The young left-hander owns a sharp 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings (seven starts) since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July.
Aug 25 - 12:05 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Thursday morning that Chris Young will serve as the club's regular left fielder down the stretch.

Andrew Benintendi suffered a serious-looking left leg injury on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field and could very well be done for the season. Young just returned Monday from a two-month hamstring strain and tends to struggle against right-handed pitching, but he has a cool .858 OPS in 147 total plate appearances this year. With good power and speed, he's worth a claim in deeper mixed fantasy leagues. Brock Holt will draw some starts in left field versus tougher righties.
Aug 25 - 11:26 AM

Red Sox recalled INF Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

He'll provide depth for the Boston bench with Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) landing on the disabled list Thursday. Hernandez is 13-for-44 this year in the majors.
Aug 25 - 11:21 AM

Red Sox placed OF Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain.

Benintendi fell awkwardly over his left leg while trying to avoid a tag at second base Wednesday night at Tropicana Field, appearing to badly injure both his left knee and left ankle. An MRI was scheduled for Thursday morning and doctors are apparently still reviewing the results. This could very well be season-ending for the 22-year-old top outfield prospect. Chris Young is starting in left field for the Red Sox on Thursday and figures to carry a big load in that spot down the stretch.
Aug 25 - 11:19 AM

Ryan Hanigan (ankle) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this Saturday.

And he could return to the Red Sox right after major league rosters expand on September 1. Hanigan has been out since August 6 with left ankle tendinitis. Sandy Leon will remain Boston's primary catcher.
Aug 25 - 10:58 AM

Andrew Benintendi (knee, ankle) is out of the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon.

No surprise after he left Wednesday night's game with a serious-looking left leg injury. Benintendi is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the full extent of the problem. Chris Young will start in left field and bat sixth Thursday versus Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.
Aug 25 - 10:22 AM


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