Player News - Red Sox

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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

Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday morning in Red Sox camp.

It was the first mound session of the spring for Wright, and he said he felt fine. The 32-year-old knuckleballer is in a battle for the final spot in the Red Sox starting rotation. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action sometime in early March.
Feb 20 - 12:42 PM

Blake Swihart had no throwing issues while catching two sessions of live batting practice on Monday.

Swihart developed a minor case of the yips on Friday, sailing return throws in ugly fashion during a round of bullpen work, but all is fine now. The catcher-turned-outfielder-turned-catcher is likely to open the 2017 season at Triple-A Pawtucket due to a roster crunch. He's a .271/.328/.386 hitter in 383 career major league plate appearances.
Feb 20 - 10:46 AM

Steven Wright (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday.

It'll be his first time doing so since he arrived at Red Sox camp. Wright missed the final month of the 2016 season due to bursitis and rotator cuff irritation in his left shoulder, so the 32-year-old knuckleballer is taking it easy out of the gate this spring. The hope is he'll be fully caught up by Opening Day.
Feb 20 - 8:52 AM

Drew Pomeranz (elbow) is expected to throw his first bullpen session of spring training on Monday.

Pomeranz is being eased into action at Red Sox camp after requiring stem cell treatment on his left elbow last October. He'll have a good shot at a starting job if everything goes smoothly from here. Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright are also in the running for the back end of the Boston rotation.
Feb 20 - 8:44 AM

Blake Swihart didn't have any issues with his throwing on Sunday.

Swihart appeared to develop a case of the yips on Friday, as he was consistently throwing the ball over the pitcher's head during a bullpen session. However, he had no such issues Sunday, so it looks like it was a short-term thing. Swihart is likely to begin 2017 at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Feb 19 - 11:57 AM

Pablo Sandoval has resumed switch-hitting.

He struggled mightily from the right side in 2015 and eventually abandoned hitting right-handed altogether before giving it another go this offseason. Sandoval worked tirelessly with Miguel Cabrera to repair his swing and has looked comfortable hitting from the right side at spring training. Sandoval is looking to bounce back after shoulder surgery limited him to just three games in 2016. The 30-year-old has reportedly lost over 40 pounds since last season.
Feb 18 - 6:10 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Hector Velazquez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 28-year-old has spent the past seven seasons pitching in the Mexican League, most recently compiling a 2.47 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 120/16 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings in 2016. He's an intriguing low-risk signing for the Red Sox.
Feb 18 - 1:28 PM

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal believes that Christian Vazquez has a chance to unseat Sandy Leon as the Red Sox' starting catcher this spring.

While Leon had a breakout season offensively in 2016 and is the leader coming into camp, he grades out poorly in pitch framing, costing his 4.7 runs in 2016. Vazquez meanwhile, is a highly-regarded defender and was credited with seven defensive runs saved from pitch framing last season, the 17th best mark in all of baseball. If both backstops are hitting similarly during spring training, there's a chance Vazquez could get the nod.
Feb 18 - 8:03 AM

Blake Swihart is having issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

Comcast SportsNet New England published a video on Friday of Swihart throwing the ball well over Rick Porcello's head. It's too soon to say that he has the yips, but obviously it's something to keep an eye on. For what it's worth, Swihart says he's not worried. "I feel fine," Swihart said. "I'm not worried and you guys shouldn't be worried either. I'm working on my craft and I promise the ball is going to get there."
Feb 17 - 3:49 PM

Scott Lauber of ESPN.com reports that Pablo Sandoval reported to camp with his weight "in the 240s."

It was reported back in December that he was below 250 pounds, so not much has changed. Still, he's about 40 pounds below his peak weight from last season. If anything, it shows his dedication about getting his career back on track after shoulder surgery and two disappointing seasons in Boston. Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada were both traded during the offseason, so Sandoval is going to get every chance to win the starting third base job back. He's going to be an important player to track this spring.
Feb 16 - 5:02 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday that Hanley Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter against right-handers.

He's confirming what was already expected. This means that Mitch Moreland will see most of the at-bats at first base against right-handers. Ramirez could slide to first base against southpaws, with someone like Chris Young seeing at-bats out of the DH spot.
Feb 15 - 12:09 PM

Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) threw a "controlled" bullpen session on Tuesday.

While it doesn't sound like he was throwing at 100 percent, it was his first time pitching from a mound since he tweaked his knee in winter ball back in December. Red Sox manager John Farrell called it a "step in the right direction." If all goes well, the southpaw will compete with Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright for one of the final two rotation spots.
Feb 15 - 12:05 PM


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