Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia landed back on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game after reaggravating his right hamstring injury.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia landed back on the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s game after reaggravating his right hamstring injury.

Pedroia missed nearly three weeks from the end of June until following the All-Star break before returning last Friday against the Angels. He played in seven games, going 1-for-22, before missing Thursday’€™s game in Houston and Friday’€™s series opener with the Tigers.

“There wasn’€™t one [instance],” Pedroia said of a play to reaggravate the injury. “I played, we had the rain out. So I played a few games and had the day off, you know I came out after the second Houston game and said, ‘€˜Hey I might need a game off just to get my legs underneath me.’ And the next day I came in and it was black and blue. So the training staff was like hey let’€™s go get a follow up, look at it, and that’€™s what I did this morning. So, that’€™s basically where we’€™re at.”

Pedroia had an MRI Saturday morning and it was then determined another DL stint would be needed. He said he will get a PRP injection on Monday.

“Black and blue — that’€™s a sign you know you gotta get it looked at it,” Pedroia said. “It just means it wasn’€™t healed all the way. You can only go through, how do you feel, and obviously I’€™m gonna say good. You know, just one of those things, gotta make sure it heals all the way and get it right.”

The second baseman said there’s nothing new from the first time. It is the first time during his entire playing career he has had to deal with a hamstring injury.

“It’€™s kinda the same things as before,” he said. “It takes a long time for these things to heal. I think we’€™re all trying to take the quickest time possible and come back and give us a boost. Tried that, played for a little bit, got black and blue so we did the smart thing and got it looked at and go from there.”

As competitive as Pedroia is, it’s hard for him to have to miss so much time.

“That’€™s why I’€™m upset. I feel a lot better, which is a great sign, so that means it’€™s healing,” he said. “It just needs a little more time.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Time and time again manager John Farrell speaks of the team’s success starting from the mound and after one of the best starts in quite some time Friday from Rick Porcello, things returned to the norm Saturday.

Steven Wright allowed four runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Tigers. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Steven Wright allowed four runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Saturday’s loss to the Tigers. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Time and time again manager John Farrell speaks of the team’s success starting from the mound and after one of the best starts in quite some time Friday from Rick Porcello, things returned to the norm Saturday.

Red Sox starter Steven Wright dug the team a 4-0 hole and the offense couldn’t come close to picking up the slack as the Sox fell to the Tigers 5-1 Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park. It was their 10th loss in the last 12 games.

The dependable Wright had his second-to-worst start of the season, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits, while walking two and striking out four in just 4 1/3 innings. The biggest issue was he couldn’t control his knuckleball, leading to four passed balls for catcher Blake Swihart.

Wright allowed a solo home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning, which gave the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead followed by another run in the second and adding two more in the fourth.

The Red Sox offense couldn’t do much against Tigers starter Alfredo Simon, as the right-hander went 6+ innings, allowing one run on seven hits before leaving with an injury during the first at-bat of the seventh inning. It was his first quality start in seven starts.

Mookie Betts got the Red Sox on the board with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning, scoring Swihart, who had tripled.

Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox’ loss:

WHAT WENT WRONG

— After doubling to leadoff the second inning, David Ortiz was then waved home on a single to left by Hanley Ramirez. It was a poor decision by third base coach Brian Butterfield as Cespedes easily threw Ortiz out at home for the first out of the inning.

— Pablo Sandoval continues to struggle at the plate. The third baseman went went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s 0 for his last 19.

— Although reliever Noe Ramirez got out of a fifth inning jam, he allowed a mammoth homer to Nick Castellanos to leadoff the sixth after the Red Sox had got a run back in the bottom of the fifth.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Ortiz went 1-for-3 in the game with a walk. With his double in the second inning, 12 of his last 18 hits have gone for extra bases.

— Ramirez went 2-for-4 to extend his hit streak to five games. Ortiz and Ramirez went a combined 3-for-5, while the rest of the team went 3-for-23.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After serving as the designated hitter Friday night, Hanley Ramirez is back in left field as the Red Sox go for two straight wins Saturday afternoon against the Tigers.

After serving as the designated hitter Friday night, Hanley Ramirez is back in left field as the Red Sox go for two straight wins Saturday afternoon against the Tigers.

Alejandro De Aza, who played left Friday, will play right field Saturday, giving Shane Victorino a day off as the Red Sox go up against Alfredo Simon, who has gone seven outings without a quality start.

Brock Holt will play second base as Dustin Pedroia is back on the disabled list, while Blake Swihart will catch knuckleballer Steven Wright.

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, CF
Brock Holt, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Mike Napoli, 1B
Alejandro De Aza, RF
Blake Swihart, C
Steven Wright, RHP

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Dustin Pedroia is back on the 15-day disabled list.

After missing just over three weeks with a hamstring injury in early July and playing seven games since returning last Friday, the second baseman was placed back on the DL prior to Saturday’s game.

Dustin Pedroia is back on the 15-day disabled list.

After missing just over three weeks with a hamstring injury in early July and playing seven games since returning last Friday, the second baseman was placed back on the DL prior to Saturday’s game.

“Yesterday, him being down was because of some soreness,” manager John Farrell said. “He went through a MRI here this morning. While the injury or the strain to the hamstring doesn’t show any enlargement, still he’s aggravated by the symptoms and feel like he needs some shutdown period to get back over it.”

The second baseman went 1-for-22 in those seven games before missing Thursday’s game in Houston and Friday’s series opener with the Tigers. Farrell said it wasn’t a specific play that caused the aggravation.

“The play in-game obviously build back up on him to the point of the aggravation,” he said. “Can’t say there was a singular event that caused what he’s feeling. As he was going at it each and every day, the symptoms continued to persist and after the further imaging and further consultation between the medical staff, it was determined the best course of action was putting him on the DL.”

Pedroia didn’t go on a rehab assignment prior to returning, but Farrell said it likely wouldn’t have made a difference.

“I don’t know that a rehab assignment would have changed the course of anything,” he said. “He was cleared to play. Pedey wanted to get back on the field, as we all know, when he was first available. Pedey was part of process along the way as well, but more than anything it was determined he wasn’t going to risk further injury, not that the injury has intensified, it’s still persisting. He needs some down time.”

There is no timetable for his return. He missed just over three weeks the first time, but Farrell didn’t know if it would be more or less this time.

Saturday’s starter Steven Wright will take Pedroia’s spot on the 25-man roster, as he was never officially added to the roster as he was the 26th player in Monday’s doubleheader. Farrell said the team will likely need to add an infielder in the coming days — presumably Deven Marrero.

“Yes, we will,” Farrell said. “We’re trying to get through a heavily overworked bullpen to get to that point, so we’d like to readjust in the coming days.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Friday:

Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-59): L, 2-1, vs. Buffalo (Blue Jays)

— Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the PawSox got leadoff singles from Rusney Castillo and Travis Shaw and scored a run on a Garin Cecchini sacrifice fly, but stranded the potential tying run at second base and fell by a final score of 2-1. The PawSox have lost six games in a row and are just 3-17 in July.

Shortstop Marco Hernandez was the final batter of the game, striking out on a 3-2 fastball as Pawtucket batters finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Hernandez, 22, singled in the game but finished 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and has whiffed 10 times in the seven games since his promotion from Double-A on July 16. The 6-foot lefty bat led the Eastern League with a .326 average at the time of his call-up, with just 49 strikeouts in 68 Double-A games.

— Castillo, 28, returned to the lineup for the first time since July 19 as he sat out four games in Norfolk. Castillo scored Pawtucket’€™s only run of the game and reached base twice, putting his season long slash line at .282/.337/.389 through 38 games in Triple-A with three homers and seven doubles.

— Allen Craig, in the DH spot on Friday, and second baseman Jemile Weeks both reached base twice for Pawtucket. Weeks led off the sixth inning with a double, but was stranded at third as Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out with one gone in the inning and Castillo grounded out to end the frame.

— LHP Edwin Escobar (Boston’€™s No. 15 prospect at MLB.com) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a bunt single and a walk but retiring six batters on balls put in play. It was the first action for Escobar since July 19 when he pitched the final three innings with one run allowed. Acquired last summer from the San Francisco Giants in the Jake Peavy trade, the 6-foot-2 Venezuelan has lowered his ERA from 12.54 to 8.40 over his last three outings after allowing runs in a stretch or five out of six appearances. Escobar’€™s season began on June 9 after starting the year on the DL with elbow inflammation.

— RHP Heath Hembree made his third straight scoreless appearance, striking out one while also hitting his first batter of the year as he worked the top of the ninth. Hembree, 26, was the other return piece in the Peavy trade from last July and is currently on a rehab assignment (shoulder inflammation). In 24 2/3 innings with the PawSox this year, Hembree has struck out 24 while walking just four with just five earned runs allowed.

Tim Roberson

Tim Roberson

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (37-63): W, 10-5, vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays)

— Portland had a season-high 21 hits — 17 singles and four doubles, as the Sea Dogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead by the fourth inning. Seven different players had multi-hit games, including third baseman Oscar Tejeda (4-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI, and two runs scored), shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin (3-for-5 with two runs scored), DH David Chester (3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored), and catcher Tim Roberson (3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored).

“€œOur record might not show it,”€ Roberson told the Portland Press Herald, “€œbut we’€™ve got good players in this locker room and they can swing the bat.”

— First baseman Sam Travis (Boston’€™s No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) went 2-for-5 for his fourth multi-hit game in his last six and raised his season-long Double-A slash line to .294/.357/.402 through 27 games. The 21-year-old Travis, selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University, is hitting .341 in July with a .402 on-base percentage, driving in 13 runs and scoring 10.

— RHP Simon Mercedes (Boston’€™s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) continues to struggle, as the reliever retired just one of the six batters he faced, walking the first two batters, with two wild pitches in the mix, and then allowing a three-run homer deep to right field. Signed for $800,000 in the 2011 international signing period, Mercedes has allowed earned runs in five of six appearances made this month. On the season Mercedes is 2-2 with a 4.53 ERA, striking out 44 in 59 2/3 innings with 58 hits allowed to go with 28 walks.

Trey Ball

Trey Ball

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (51-48): W, 9-4, vs. Wilmington (Royals)

— LHP Trey Ball (Boston’€™s No. 9 prospect at MLB.com) picked up the victory (8-8, 3.69 ERA) with a final line of: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO. Ball allowed two runs in the first on three hits and then a solo home run to leadoff the second before settling down to retire nine of the next 10 batters he faced. An unearned run scored in the fifth after an error and two singles, but Ball left the bases loaded as he got a foul pop-out to close out the inning.

Selected by Boston in the first-round (seventh overall) of the 2013 draft out of high school in Indiana, Ball is 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA over six starts post All-Star break, with 17 strikeouts to 15 walks over those 33 2/3 innings. Ball’€™s eight wins are tied for the second-most in the Carolina League, with his ERA ranking 11th. His 45 walks this season are the third highest total in the league.

— Kevin Heller, batting cleanup as the DH, hit a bases loaded double in the bottom the first to plate three runs and give Salem a 3-2 lead, as Heller at that point had reached base in nine straight at-bats in the series against Wilmington. Heller, 25, finished 1-for-3 to put his slash line in Salem this year over 55 games is .310/.418/.435. In July, the outfielder has surged to a .349/.481/.460 line with 13 RBIs and eight runs scored. Selected by Boston in the 40th round of the 2012 draft out of Amherst College, Heller has spent time with Double-A Portland in each of the past three seasons, hitting just .132 there in 13 games to start 2015 before being demoted back to Salem.

— Right fielder Cole Sturgeon blasted a two-run home run in the third inning to give Salem a 6-3 lead, his first homer since April 23. Sturgeon was demoted from Double-A Portland on July 22 after hitting just .213 over 30 games with the Sea Dogs. Selected in the 10th round last year out of the University of Louisville, Sturgeon has a five game hitting streak.

— Eight of nine Salem starters had a hit in the game, including: catcher Jordan Weems (3-for-4, two runs scored), third baseman Jordan Betts (2-for-4, run scored), and center fielder Forrest Allday (1-for-2 with three walks, two runs scored)

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (50-48): L, 8-3, at Augusta (Giants)

— Second baseman Yoan Moncada (Boston’€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) hit his fifth home run of the season and fourth in his last 10 games, a solo shot to left-center field. Moncada finished 1-for-4 with a walk, putting his season slash line at .270/.362/.423. Moncada, 20, has reached safely in 10 straight games and is hitting .325 in July with a .427 on-base percentage, 20 runs scored, 11 RBIs, and nine steals. The switch-hitting Cuban is hitting .270 against both right-handed and left-handed pitchers.

— RHP Ben Taylor, Boston’€™s seventh-round draft pick this year, made his second start for Greenville and pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and three walks to go with a strikeout. After a perfect first inning, Taylor allowed a double and hit a batter to start the second and then walked two including one with the bases loaded. Taylor, a 6-foot-3 22-year-old, was drafted out of the University of South Alabama and was promoted quickly from Short-Season Lowell after just four outings there where he struck out 17 in 10 innings of work out of the bullpen.

— Catcher J.T. Watkins reached base twice, finishing 1-for-3 with a run to stretch his hitting streak to six games. Watkins, 25, is off to a .379 (11-for-29) start with Greenville in his first seven games with three doubles, three RBIs, and five runs scored. Drafted by Boston in 2012 in the 10th round out of the United States Military Academy at West Point and is a commissioned second lieutenant in the Army. Watkins played 17 games with Lowell in 2012 before returning to military duty, and although he has been granted opportunity this season to pursue his baseball career, Watkins may be recalled for active military duty at any time over the next six years.

Jake Cosart

Jake Cosart

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (17-17): L, 5-3, vs. Auburn (Nationals)

— RHP Jake Cosart (Boston’€™s No. 21 prospect at MLB.com) had a no-decision final line of: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO (74 pitches, 49 strikes). The 21-year-old Cosart allowed a leadoff home run in the first and a run in the second after a double and two wild-pitches. Cosart recovered to strand the bases loaded, and then finished his day by retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Selected by Boston in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Seminole State College, Cosart has limited damage in three of his last four outings, going five innings and allowing two earned runs or less around a start on July 13 where he was touched up for five earned runs.

— Center fielder Andrew Benintendi, Boston’€™s first-round pick in this year’€™s draft, went 1-for-2 with two walks from the third spot of the batting order and has now reached base safely in 11 straight games. The winner of the Golden Spikes Award this year, given to the best amateur player in the country, the 21-year-old Benintendi is now 16 games into his professional career and has put together a slash line of .255/.435/.529 with four home runs and a triple.

— Boston’€™s third and fourth-round selections in this year’€™s draft, catcher Austin Rei and right fielder Tate Matheny, have struggled at the plate to start their professional careers. Rei did have his first double Friday on a 1-for-4 night, but the 21-year-old backstop is hitting just .108 (4-for-37) out of the gate for the Spinners. The 21-year-old Matheny went 0-for-5 Friday and is hitting .203 (12-for-59) with three doubles in his first 16 games.

Mariano Rivera Jr., the son of the legendary New York Yankees‘€™ closer, pitched the final two innings for Auburn and earned his first professional save. Rivera has allowed 14 earned runs over his first 16 minor league innings, but did hit 94 mph on the LeLacheur Park radar gun as he allowed an unearned run and one hit in his two innings to close out the Spinners on Friday.

“€œI’€™m very happy. First professional save — that’€™s really cool,”€ Rivera told the Lowell Sun. “€œI’€™ve had three bad starts but I’€™ve been doing well out of the pen.”

Rivera was drafted this year in the fourth round out of Iona College by the Washington Nationals.

ROOKIE GULF COAST LEAGUE RED SOX (19-8): Postponed due to rain vs. GCL Twins. Next action on Saturday (doubleheader) vs GCL Twins.

For more, check out the weekly WEEI.com Red Sox Farm Report Podcast hosted by Ken Laird and Ryan Hannable

Blog Author: 
Ken Laird