Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — While Koji Uehara has seemingly started to recover quicker than anticipated from the right pectoral strain that put him on the 15-day disabled list July 20, the Red Sox have made it a point to reel in the optimism most of the time.

But, with Uehara slated to throw off a mound for the first time since his injury, Tuesday afternoon, the idea of the 41-year-old returning to help this season is looking more realistic than ever.

“I don’t know when game action is even projected at this point. [Tuesday] is another real positive step for him,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. We’ll see. In the past Koji has gone through good years and been very productive when he’s had minimal spring training, if at all. I don’t want to discount the need for some game action, but the fact that he’s getting back to the mound is a good thing.”

Uehara hasn’t pitched since walking off the mound when pitching to his second batter in the Red Sox’ July 19 game against the Giants.

Prior to his injury, he had been pitching better, going four straight outings without allowing a run. For the season, Uehara’s ERA stands at 4.50, having converted six of eight save chances.

Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez, one of the few pitchers to experience the same injury as Uehara, offered some insight in recovering from the ailment when talking to WEEI.com’s Ryan Hannable.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eduardo Rodriguez admitted Sunday was not one his better days.

Eduardo Rodriguez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Eduardo Rodriguez (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Eduardo Rodriguez admitted Sunday was not one his better days.

“Yeah, because I know it was partly my fault,” the Red Sox pitcher said of his team’s 10-5 loss to the Tigers, in which replacement starter Henry Owens was roughed up for eight runs in five innings. “I was supposed to pitch that game. I feel bad but I have to get ready for the next one.”

The lefty started that process of returning from his hamstring issue while at Tropicana Field prior to Monday night’s game, throwing about 70-80 percent effort level off the mound in the visitors’ bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Carl Willis. Tuesday, he will continue the process by tossing a three-inning simulated game.

The way things are going, Rodriguez, and Red Sox manager John Farrell, both sound like the plan is for the pitcher to make his next start, although that has yet to be scheduled. The optimism is, however, remains dependent on Tuesday’s exercise.

“We need to test him at more intense levels when compared to a normal bullpen,” Farrell said. “He went through treatment today, went out, went through a throwing program, everything is scheduled for that sim game tomorrow. So more than anything, it’s not so much to answer the physical side of it, but it’s for him to test it at a higher intensity and for him to gain some comfort mentally — that’s the biggest key, to go out and have that conviction to pitches to be thrown.”

And that brings us to the biggest issue: the mental side of the equation.

The way Rodriguez explained it, the reason for the (as Farrell described it) “second thoughts” was because of a lack of confidence that his hamstring would hold up. It was a mindset that lingered from his June 27, 2 2/3-inning, nine run outing at Tropicana Field, during which he couldn’t shake the concern over his injured right knee.

“The thing is I had that experience before with my knee. I went out there and was just thinking about my knee and when I threw the ball, remember what happened here? I gave up nine runs because I was thinking of my knee and every pitch was right down the middle,” he said. “I don’t want to think about it. Because I had that experience before with my knee.

“I want to feel 100 percent. And I don’t want to think about it. Like I do right now, now I’m not thinking about my knee and I just throw the ball so I can get 100 percent and I’m not thinking about it.”

So what happened in the days leading up to Sunday’s scheduled start, when he ultimately told Farrell at 5:45 p.m. Saturday that he wasn’t ready to go?

Initially, there were the questions from the coaching staff following the shortened start Tuesday night in Baltimore.

“They ask me and I just said, ‘I’m good and I’ll keep working, get that 100 percent and get back on it,'” Rodriguez said.

And then Friday?

“I said I was good because I had one more day,” he said.

But in the end, the pitcher found himself to be a bit too optimistic, leading to the Red Sox have to fly in Owens the morning of his Sunday afternoon start.

“I was getting better,” Rodriguez said, “but four days is too short.”

Now, with the lessons learned, Rodriguez and the Red Sox turn to Tuesday. He explained his hamstring, “not painful like it was like the day after. It’s just tight.” But it’s good enough to give it a whirl in the simulated game.

“I threw today and it felt pretty good,” he said.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox are starting to get healthier.

The team activated outfielder Chris Young off the 15-day disabled list Monday, sending pitcher Henry Owens to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the 25-man roster.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox are starting to get healthier.

The team activated outfielder Chris Young off the 15-day disabled list Monday, sending pitcher Henry Owens to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the 25-man roster.

Young has been on the disabled list since June 24 with a right hamstring injury. He played in seven rehab games with the PawSox, going 5-for-23 (.217) with a pair of doubles, playing in left field four times.

Before the injury, Young had proven useful in the Sox’ lineup, particularly against lefty pitchers. The 32-year-old owns a 1.042 OPS vs. southpaws this season.

It remains to be seen how John Farrell uses Young, with the Red Sox manager recently insinuating Andrew Benintendi would not sit against all lefty pitchers.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Red Sox are starting to get healthier.

The team activated outfielder Chris Young off the 15-day disabled list Monday, sending pitcher Henry Owens to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room on the 25-man roster.

Young has been on the disabled list since June 24 with a right hamstring injury. He played in seven rehab games with the PawSox, going 5-for-23 (.217) with a pair of doubles, playing in left field four times.

Before the injury, Young had proven useful in the Sox’ lineup, particularly against lefty pitchers. The 32-year-old owns a 1.042 OPS vs. southpaws this season.

It remains to be seen how John Farrell uses Young, with the Red Sox manager recently insinuating Andrew Benintendi would not sit against all lefty pitchers.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Drew Pomeranz doesn’t look or sound injured, but that’s not going to stop the controversy.

Drew Pomeranz said he has no injury the Red Sox should be worried about. (David Richard/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz said has no injury the Red Sox should be worried about. (David Richard/USA Today Sports)

Drew Pomeranz doesn’t look or sound injured, but that’s not going to stop the controversy.

In Michael Silverman’s excellent question and answer with John Henry over the weekend, the Red Sox principal owner confirmed the ESPN.com report that Major League Baseball was looking into the Padres not disclosing medical information when making trades with the Marlins and Red Sox.

Q. Are you satisfied that the Red Sox received all the medical records/info that the Padres had available concerning Drew Pomeranz? Are the current protocols sufficient for all teams when it comes to access and sharing medical info for trades?

A. This is being investigated by MLB so it would be inappropriate for me to comment.

Considering the Marlins were forced to send back Colin Rea to the Padres after initially dealing for the pitcher, there was plenty of fire to go with the smoke. (Rea initially had planned to undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow, but has recently decided to go the route of PRP injections.)

But when it came to Pomeranz, there remains some mystery to what exactly the Red Sox were contesting. The pitcher has no known injury, and is in the midst of a season in which he hasn’t missed a start.

“It’s just kind of strange, but at the same time I don’t know what goes on so there’s no use thinking about it,” Pomeranz told WEEI.com. “I’ve been the same all year. If they’ve got problems, they’ve got problems. There’s nothing for me to do.”

Pomeranz — who did have shoulder surgery to repair an impingement of his AC joint last October — continues to plow through the 2016, having pitched a career-high 140 1/3 innings in 24 starts while totaling a 2.95 ERA.

It’s why he isn’t concerning himself with any of the drama.

‘I’m just the guy who gets moved,” Pomeranz said. “With all the trades I’ve been in, I don’t know any of the information. I don’t know how it works, who does what.

“I don’t know what’s going on, but if you’re sending a guy [Rea] back something is going on. I don’t know how the whole process went with my deal.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (66-61): Game cancelled due to rain.

The PawSox were rained out on Sunday and will next kick off a four-game homestand on Monday against Syracuse (Nationals).

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (49-75): Game cancelled due to rain.

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (66-61): Game cancelled due to rain.

The PawSox were rained out on Sunday and will next kick off a four-game homestand on Monday against Syracuse (Nationals).

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (49-75): Game cancelled due to rain.

Portland will next begin a six-game homestand with a three-game series vs. New Hampshire (Blue Hays).

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (78-47): W, 12-1 at Winston-Salem (White Sox)

— Salem was able to win their 10th straight contest easily thanks to 15 hits at the plate and solid pitching. Anyelo Leclerc got the win with one of his best starts of the year holding Winston-Salem to one run on three hits in five innings while fanning five. The 24-year-old right-hander is now 2-3 with a 3.42 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 33 appearances.

— The offense was powered by leadoff hitter Bryan Hudson, who went 3-for-5 with a triple, three stolen bases, an RBI and two runs. It was the first time this season that Hudson, 21, stole multiple bases in a game. He has been on a tear lately, batting .455 in his last 10 games. He is now slashing .278/.419/.341 in 74 games.

— Jordan Procyshen drove in a career-high four runs, going 2-for-4 while crossing home plate twice himself. He hit a pair of two-run singles to extend Salem’s lead. The 23-year-old Canada native has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, and is batting .253/.315/.368 in 182 at-bats.

— Jordan Betts had a productive day as well, finishing the game 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run. Betts, 24, has recorded a hit in four of his last five games. He is now hitting .220/.288/.345 in 82 games with both Portland and Salem.

Dedgar Jimenez

Dedgar Jimenez

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (66-59): L, 9-2, at Charleston (Yankees)

— Dedgar Jimenez was knocked around on the mound, letting up eight runs on nine hits in only two innings. All eight runs given up came in a second inning explosion. It was the least innings pitched in a star for Jimenez since lasting only one inning on June 14. The 20-year-old southpaw is 8-9 with a 5.43 ERA in 24 starts.

— Kyri Washington went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, totaling half of the team’s hits. He doubled in the ninth to bring home Josh Ockimey. Washington, 22, now has back-to-back multi-hit performances. Boston’s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com is averaging .262/.321/.474 with 66 RBIs in 92 games.

— Kuehl McEachern replaced Jimenez to start the third frame, pitching four innings of one-run ball. He let up four hits and struck out three while walking two in the outing. The six hits given up did tie a season-high for the 23-year-old reliever, who is 3-3 with a 4.10 ERA in 32 outings. Opposing batters are averaging an alarming .306 when facing McEachern.

Tyler Hill

Tyler Hill

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (36-25): W, 9-6, vs. Brooklyn (Mets)

— Tyler Hill dominated at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, a season-high four RBIs and three runs. The New York-Penn League leader in batting average since July 27th, Hill tied the game with a two-run double in the opening frame. He also hit a two-run shot in the second inning to give Lowell a comfortable 6-3 lead. Hill, 20, is now slashing .342/.410/.508 after 50 games.

— Tucker Tubbs had a day of his own too, hitting two home runs to finish the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Tubbs now has a team-leading six homers after hitting a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run bomb in the following frame. The 23-year-old first baseman now has back-to-back multi-hit outings and is batting .250/.350/.491 in 116 at-bats.

— Pat Goetze received the win after replacing starter Darwinzon Hernandez in the third inning. The right-hander threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and fanning four batters. Goetze, 22, has not allowed a run in his last three outings. He is 3-1 with a 3.76 ERA in 17 appearances.

Blog Author: 
Nicholas Frazier