Player News - Red Sox

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The Red Sox are expected to activate Josh Rutledge (concussion) from the disabled list on Monday.

Manager John Farrell insinuated that the Red Sox would likely send down a reliever to make room for him. Rutledge seems to be over his concussion and began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. He'll split time at third base with Brock Holt and Deven Marrero, though the Red Sox are likely to upgrade that position at the trade deadline. A .258 career hitter with very little power, Rutledge carries no fantasy relevance.
Jul 22 - 8:59 PM

Chris Sale shut out the Angels for six innings, striking out nine, in Boston's 6-2 win Friday.

Sale should have been able to cruise after getting a five-run lead in the top of the first tonight, but it took him 112 pitches to get through six innings. The Red Sox won't complain, though. Sale had at least nine strikeouts for the 17th time in 20 starts this season. Only five different pitchers have managed 20 nine-strikeout games in a season.
Jul 22 - 1:42 AM

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk versus the Angels on Friday.

Betts is tied for second in the majors with 30 doubles, two behind Daniel Murphy. Those two are also the doubles kings over the last three season; Murphy has 117, Betts 114. Jose Altuve is third on that list with 109.
Jul 22 - 1:37 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday that Doug Fister has been moved to the bullpen.

With the rest of the Red Sox rotation finally healthy, there's no room for a struggling veteran right-hander to take the ball every fifth day. He won't be available until Sunday at the earliest after throwing 100 pitches against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Jul 21 - 8:30 PM

Blaine Boyer (elbow) will resume throwing off a mound in the next day or two.

Boyer will join the Red Sox on their West Coast road trip. It sounds like he could make it back before the end of the month if all goes well.
Jul 21 - 9:26 AM

Joe Kelly (hamstring) will travel with the Red Sox to Anaheim this weekend and hopes to be cleared to throw a bullpen session.

Kelly is a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He won't be ready to return when eligible, but making it back before the end of the month seems possible.
Jul 21 - 9:24 AM

Doug Fister was allowed to give up six runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

In Fister's defense, four of the runs should have been unearned; Brock Holt lost Steve Pearce's popup in the sun with two outs and the bases loaded in the third and had it bounce off his glove for a hit. Still, Fister wasn't any good at any point today -- he walked four and threw just 53 of 100 pitches for strikes -- and he should have been working with a shorter leash. John Farrell was asleep at the wheel, though; he didn't even bother to challenge Russell Martin's plate block in the second inning, potentially costing the Red Sox a monster frame (they went on to score three times anyway). Fister shouldn't be long for the Red Sox roster now that Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson are healthy.
Jul 20 - 5:12 PM

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Pedroia drove in nine runs during the four-game series against Toronto. He has 26 RBI in his last 20 games, matching his total from his first 59 games.
Jul 20 - 5:08 PM

Josh Rutledge (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday.

He's batting fifth and DHing at home against Norfolk. Rutledge has been out a month with a concussion but appears to be on the mend. When healthy, he'll occupy a third base platoon with Brock Holt. Of course, that's assuming Boston doesn't add a third baseman at the trade deadline.
Jul 20 - 4:33 PM

Xander Bogaerts (hand) is back in the Red Sox starting lineup Thursday against the Blue Jays.

Bogaerts missed a couple of games with a small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth on Thursday afternoon versus Toronto left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Jul 20 - 10:10 AM

Drew Pomeranz earned his 10th win by limiting the Blue Jays to an unearned run over 6 2/3 innings on Wednesday.

Pomeranz worked around five walks in the game. He allowed just three hits, all of them singles. Incredibly, Pommeranz has allowed two runs or fewer in 15 of his 19 starts. None of those starts have lasted longer than seven innings and many fell short of six, so he's not as valuable as that stat makes him sound. Still, he's given the Red Sox a chance to win pretty much every time out.
Jul 19 - 10:23 PM

Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a walk Wednesday in the win over the Blue Jays.

It was a strong night offensively, but Pedroia lost his errorless streak, getting charged with a miscue for the first time this season (he also had one Tuesday, but Fenway official scoring was typically kind to him). Pedroia is batting .353 with three homers and 20 RBI in 16 games this month. 24 of his 49 RBI this season have some in his last 20 games.
Jul 19 - 10:18 PM

Mitch Moreland went 0-for-4 as Boston's cleanup hitter Wednesday against Toronto.

Moreland admitted to suffering a broken toe last month, but he's supposed to be recovered from that now. Unfortunately, better health isn't showing up in his numbers; he's 8-for-62 with one extra-base hit and one RBI since June 28. The Red Sox should keep an open mind should some first basemen come available cheap later this month.
Jul 19 - 10:15 PM

Xander Bogaerts (hand) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.

Bogaerts has been deemed day-to-day with a muscle contusion and small sprain of a joint in his right hand. He sat on Tuesday and will do so again on Wednesday. Deven Marrero is manning short in his place against the Jays and is hitting ninth.
Jul 19 - 4:10 PM

Red Sox recalled RHP Kyle Martin from Triple-A Pawtucket.

This will be the first major league callup for the 26-year-old right-hander, who owns a 3.47 ERA in 267 1/3 career minor league innings. Martin figures to operate as a mop-up man with Boston.
Jul 19 - 2:40 PM


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