Player News - Red Sox

Date: Team: Pos:

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe hears from a source that Pablo Sandoval faces "significant" surgery on his left shoulder.

The Red Sox have yet to announce the details of the surgery, but Abraham hears that the "odds are against" Sandoval playing this season. The Red Sox haven't missed him in the early part of the season, as Travis Shaw has taken advantage of regular playing time at third base by batting .322/.390/.533 over 25 games. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that Sandoval's contract with the Red Sox is not insured. The first two years of his contract have been a disaster.
May 2 - 8:13 PM

Pablo Sandoval will require surgery on his ailing left shoulder.

Sandoval got the bad news Monday during a follow-up exam with Dr. James Andrews. The extent of the damage isn't yet known, but Travis Shaw is now locked in as the regular third baseman. Sandoval is still owed $53 million from 2017-2019 with $17 million club option or a $5 million buyout for 2020.
May 2 - 7:38 PM

Red Sox optioned INF Marco Hernandez to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The move opens up a roster spot for Carson Smith, who will join the Red Sox bullpen on Tuesday after missing the first month of the season with a flexor muscle strain. Hernandez was only in the majors for a couple days.
May 2 - 9:09 AM

Christian Vazquez blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, propelling the Red Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Yankees.

In a back-and-forth contest, Vazquez provided the biggest blow of the night launching the first pitch he saw from Dellin Betances over the Green Monster in left to break a 6-6 tie. It was the young backstop's only hit in the ballgame as he finished 1-for-4. It has been a struggle at the dish to this point for Vazquez, hitting just .225/.279/.375 with one homer and two RBI.
May 1 - 11:59 PM

Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Yankees on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead.

Kimbrel retired all three hitters he faced without issue, recording a pair of strikeouts in the process. He now sports a 3.75 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 21/5 K/BB ratio through 12 innings on the season while successfully converting eight of his first nine save chances.
May 1 - 11:53 PM

David Price picked up his fourth victory of the season on Sunday despite allowing six runs on eight hits over his seven innings of work against the Yankees.

The left-hander struck out three and walked one on the evening. Alex Rodriguez was his biggest nemesis, contributing a two-run homer and two-run double to the damage against him. While he is 4-0 and has yet to lose a game as a member of the Red Sox, Price owns an unsightly 6.14 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over his first 36 2/3 innings. He'll look for better results when he takes on these same Yankees in New York on Saturday.
May 1 - 11:50 PM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and three RBI in Saturday's 8-0 demolition of the Yankees.

Betts kicked off the scoring with a two-RBI double in the second inning off righty Michael Pineda. Given the pre-season hype, some may not be satisfied with his .266/.298/.459 slash line. Few people realize, though, that he's been the third-best fantasy outfielder in 2016. A combination of four homers, 19 runs, 17 RBI and six stolen bases will do that. Betts has been very, very good for fantasy owners this year and should be a full five-category contributor.
Apr 30 - 11:13 PM

Jackie Bradley was perfect at the plate in Saturday's rout over the Yankees, going 3-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored.

He effectively put away the game with an RBI triple to center field off lefty Chasen Shreve in the sixth inning and then followed it up with a two-RBI triple off Nick Goody in the seventh. The big night raised his slash line to .272/.326/.481 in 89 plate appearances. He's in the midst of a seven-game hit streak and has firm control of the starting role in center field for the Red Sox.
Apr 30 - 11:08 PM

David Ortiz homered for his second time in as many games, ultimately going 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

He may be 40 years old and poised to retire, but Ortiz continues to rake with a .321/.418/.654 slash line in 91 plate appearances. A ludicrous 16 of his 25 hits have now gone for extra-bases, including his solo home run off Johnny Barbato in the seventh inning. It marked his fifth homer of the season. He only had six through the end of May a year ago. It's been quite the retirement tour thus far.
Apr 30 - 11:01 PM

Rick Porcello twirled a gem in Saturday’s win over the Yankees, going seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts and only one walk.

That makes 13 1/3 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts in Porcello’s last two starts. The right-hander had little trouble with the Bronx Bombers, not allowing a single extra-base hit. Only one base runner advanced past second base, too, and that was quickly erased with a two-out grounder to second base. Porcello now has 36 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings; however, considering his swinging-strike rate is perfectly in line with his career numbers, that’s likely to regress to his recent norms. Still, as someone who was heavily criticized for getting $82.5M over four years, his 2.76 ERA and five wins are being heartily embraced in Boston. He’ll next go on the road against the same Yankees club on Friday.
Apr 30 - 10:53 PM

Carson Smith (elbow) is expected to be activated for Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox.

He hasn't allowed a run in his two rehab appearances for Double-A Portland. Smith missed about a month with a strained flexor tendon. He should eventually settle in as a setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.
Apr 30 - 4:13 PM

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

The 23-year-old infielder appeared in one game with the Red Sox earlier this month, going 1-for-2 plus a walk in his three plate appearances. He provides depth on the bench for the Red Sox, but isn't expected to play enough to generate any type of fantasy value.
Apr 30 - 8:58 AM

Red Sox optioned RHP Pat Light to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 25-year-old right-hander appeared in just one game out of the Red Sox bullpen, surrendering two runs on two hits in his lone inning of work. He'll bide his time at Triple-A until he's needed again later in the season.
Apr 30 - 8:56 AM

According to Pedro Martinez, Eduardo Rodriguez is just starting to build up his leg strength, and as a result could potentially need up to three more minor league rehab starts before he rejoins the Red Sox.

Rodriguez struggled in his first rehab start with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Henry Owens will continue to occupy a spot in the Red Sox rotation until Rodriguez is deemed ready.
Apr 30 - 8:38 AM

David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night.

Ortiz took a first-pitch curveball from Dellin Betances and launched it over the Green Monster to give Boston the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. The veteran slugger was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts against Betances before the go-ahead blast. Ortiz is now up to 507 home runs for his career and is batting .297/.395/.568 with three home runs and 16 RBI through 21 games in his farewell season.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM


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