With the amount of innings the bullpen has logged of late, the Red Sox were in need of a reliever so they made a roster move Friday afternoon.

The team recalled right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez and optioned left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Noe Ramirez

Noe Ramirez

With the amount of innings the bullpen has logged of late, the Red Sox were in need of a reliever so they made a roster move Friday afternoon.

The team recalled right-handed reliever Noe Ramirez and optioned left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

One thought was the team would option Thursday’s starter Hector Velazquez back, but the organization likely wants to make sure David Price gets through his rehab outing Friday night.

Ramirez has gone 0-1 with two saves and a 2.53 ERA in nine appearances with the PawSox this season, recording nine strikeouts against two walks while holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

In eight games with the Red Sox this season, Ross Jr. has an ERA of 7.00.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Chase d'Arnaud (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports)

Chase d’Arnaud (Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports)

Chase d’Arnaud is gone, but, at least in this corner, not forgotten.

It’s almost impossible for any player to live life on the Red Sox’ 25-man roster for even a few days without some recognition of their existence. But d’Arnaud seemed to pull it off.

He spent 22 days on the Red Sox’ 25-man roster, but appeared in just two games and got only one at-bat. It was a feat we haven’t seen before, and may never see again. In fact, there hasn’t been a Red Sox to live some sort of life in the organization and get just one at-bat since Bo Diaz in 1977.

All kind of games came and went, with nary an appearance from the player the Red Sox claimed off waivers on April 27. During that stretch, the Red Sox were out in the field for a total of 180 2/3 innings, with d’Arnaud playing exactly one of them, manning second base in the Sox’s 17-6, May 7 blowout of the Twins.

Two days after that Red Sox debut, d’Arnaud got his one and only at-bat with his new team, pinch-hitting for starter Drew Pomeranz. The righty hitter would reach via an infield single, and eventually score after running through third base coach Brian Butterfield’s stop sign.

Sure, there was no playing time. But d’Arnaud — a fourth-round pick of the Pirates in the 2008 draft — understood the deal.

“I love this team. All the guys are really cool. There are great personalities in this clubhouse that make it a lot of fun,” he told WEEI.com the day before being DFA’d.

“Pinch-running, I like to think I’m the go-to guy. And I’m happy with that. I come out and get all my work done because you never know what’s going to happen in baseball. I just work as hard as I can and be prepared as I possibly can for whatever opportunity presents itself.”

But the end ultimately came Thursday, with the Red Sox designating d’Arnaud for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for starting pitcher Hector Velazquez.

Gone from the Red Sox clubhouse was d’Arnaud and his backpack filled with the recording equipment that he used in his downtime to record tracks for his band. (The Chase d’Arnaud band once opened in Atlanta for Lady Antebellum.)

Also gone was one of the most unique personalities this team has seen in some time.

You see, even while d’Arnaud was going through this epic streak of not playing, nobody was smiling more. In fact, he smiled so much it really was not normal. Every time anybody saw the 30 year old, he was bouncing to and fro, with a grin from ear to ear.

“It’s at the top of my priority list,” he said when asked why he was always so happy.

“It can be misconstrued of airheadedness,” d’Arnaud added. “But I can assure you it’s an intentional blocking of negativity that keeps me this way. Everything is better that way. You retain more knowledge. You have better retention when you’re happy. With dopamine flooding the brain, you’re going to perform better. I feel like it should be a priority for everybody, but it’s not.”

As it turned out, d’Arnaud has read books and articles on the practice of remaining in a good mood.

“Once you hear it makes so much sense,” he said. “So why not implement it?”

And that he did, all the way up to the moment his resolve to remain happy was tested once again. The guess is that if playing for two innings over the past three weeks isn’t going to put a dent in the philosophy, another transaction isn’t going to change things.

“A big part of what has made me successful in this role is my attitude,” he said before not playing once again in Wednesday’s 13-inning Red Sox game. “A lot of guys will want to play more. Of course everybody wants to play. It’s fun to play. But it’s important to know how to happy and have a level of acceptance where you understand your role and make the most of it. Just get along with the guys and enjoy everybody’s company, which is exactly what I’m doing.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford
Sam Travis led to offense in the PawSox loss. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Sam Travis led to offense in the PawSox loss. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-21): L, 11-10 at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox fell in 11 innings after coming back from a 10-5 deficit in the ninth courtesy of a Matt Dominguez grand slam. Sam Travis went 5-for-6 in his fourth straight multi-hit game. Travis hit two doubles with three RBI. Rusney Castillo was 2-for-5 with two doubles and a home run.

— PawSox starter Kyle Kendrick gave up seven runs on nine hits in his three innings. Brandon Workman gave up a home run but struck out five.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-17): L, 4-3 vs. Hartford

— The Sea Dogs gave up a 3-2 lead in the eighth to suffer the loss to Hartford. Portland loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before Joseph Monge hit into a fielder’s choice to end the game.

— Jalen Beeks gave up two runs, six hits and struck out seven in his 6 2/3 innings. Ty Buttrey got the loss after giving up one earned run, three hits and a walk in his two innings.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (25-15): W, 10-7 vs. Frederick 

— With a 10-0 lead in going into the fifth, Salem gave up seven runs late in the game, but ultimately kept the lead for the win.

— Michael Chavis hit his eighth home run of the season to put Salem on the board in the first inning. Austin Rei also hit a home run, his second of the year. Tate Matheny added an RBI triple.

— Salem starter Daniel McGrath pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings, giving up six hits and three walks before Jordan Weems took over and caused the real damage. Weems gave up five earned runs, including a home run, and five hits in his 2 1/3 innings. Yankory Pimentel got the win after giving up an unearned run and two hits.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (26-13): W, 10-3, W, 3-1 vs. Asheville 

— Greenville swept Asheville in the Thursday doubleheader, beginning with a blowout win in the first game.

— The Drive had a total of 12 hits and scored four of their runs in the third inning. Santiago Espinal hit an RBI single and Ryan Scott followed up with an RBI groundout. Roldani Baldwin also hit a two-run homer.

— In Game 2, Daniel Gonzalez threw five innings in which he gave up one run and just two hits with eight strikeouts.

— Offensive highlights included a Lorenzo Cedrola triple and a Scott RBI double. Scott and Chris Madera each had two hits in the game.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

It’s almost like we forgot that the Red Sox are playing without their highest paid player.

Thanks Hector Velazquez for reminding us.

Hector Velazquez (Stan Szeto/USA Today Sports)

Hector Velazquez (Stan Szeto/USA Today Sports)

It’s almost like we forgot that the Red Sox are playing without their highest paid player.

Thanks Hector Velazquez for reminding us.

David Price will pitch what might be his final minor-league rehab assignment game Friday with Triple-A Pawtucket in Buffalo. He is expected to throw between 85-90 pitches in an outing that the Red Sox are banking on showing enough to result in a return to the big league club next week.

With this potentially being Price’s only foray into actually pitching against another organization since dealing with his elbow issue in early March, there might be some uneasiness. If Price goes out there against the Rangers at Fenway Park and offers something other than a top of the rotation kind of start, there is going to be some second-guessing going on.

But if Price goes out there Friday and offers the kind of optimism he elicited in tossing what were classified as some super intense simulated games, it will be hard not to reintroduce him to the major leagues. IT’s getting to be about that time where the Red Sox could really use something along the lines of what this guy can offer.

While technically the spot Velazquez filled in Thursday night during the Red Sox’ 8-3 loss to the A’s belonged to Steven Wright, it really is opening Price needs to fill. (For a complete recap, click here.)

While there has been some uneasiness in what Drew Pomeranz and Rick Porcello has delivered at times this season, there is enough there to believe that those two, along with Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez, is pennant race worthy. There is just that one missing piece. And after Velazquez’s uninspiring five-inning, six run loss, Price would seem to be scratching right where the Red Sox are itching.

In games pitched by pitchers manning that rotation hole Wright and/or Price left behind, the Red Sox are 2-7, with the collection of Wright, Brian Johnson, Kyle Kendrick and Velazquez combining for a 9.35 ERA (40 earned runs, 37 1/3 innings).

Of course, even with some rust, Price would be expected to be better.

While we get derailed by his “Manager John” quips and sting from the last time we saw Price pitch, it should be remembered what the lefty can deliver. Even during his worst season as a professional, some of the runs he put together throughout 2016 would be a welcome change for these Red Sox.

After heading into his May 12 start with a 6.75 ERA, Price rattled off eight outings in which he combined for a 2.47 ERA over 58 1/3 innings. It was a dominant stretch.

Price also managed a two-month run from July 28-Sept. 22 in which he went 8-1 with a 2.93 ERA, limiting opposing batters to a .219 batting average.

Sure, there were the kind of stinkers that would have lined up with what this fifth starter concoction has been offering the Red Sox. Most notably, the 3 1/3 innings of postseason awfulness in Cleveland.

But in this time of the Red Sox really needing to uncover their identity, with the Yankees sitting 10 games over .500 with a run differential of plus-59 (the Sox are plus-5), Price is needed now. After watching the Velazquez experiment result in three Oakland homers a series-opening loss, that is more evident now than ever.

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Matt Barnes turned in his best relief outing in weeks, throwing two perfect innings while striking out five.

“I thought that was the best two innings he’s pitched in probably 10 days,” Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters of Barnes. “A chance for him to go out and pitch, use his stuff, both breaking balls, the curve and slider. An opportunity to go out and get in a little bit of a rhythm. He needed to go out and get some work to gain some consistency. I know he comes out of tonight and even comments after he’s done feeling more consistent and better about his outing. In his own right, a guy we need later in games, as he gets back on track, hopefully this is a chance to build on it.”

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Each week, we will be picking the F.W. Webb “Coolest Play of the Week.” This week’s play comes from the Red Sox’ 5-4 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday night. Chris Young came on to pinch hit in the top of the 13th and looped a single into left field to give the Sox a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Check the hit out below.

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Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-20): L, 9-8 at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox lost late to Scranton after giving up three runs in the eighth inning. Brock Holt continued his rehab assignment and played the entire game as the designated hitter. He finished with a walk and a run scored.

Rusney Castillo had a good day Wednesday for the PawSox. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Rusney Castillo had a good day Wednesday for the PawSox. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)

Here is what happened in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (15-20): L, 9-8 at Scranton W/B

— The PawSox lost late to Scranton after giving up three runs in the eighth inning. Brock Holt continued his rehab assignment and played the entire game as the designated hitter. He finished with a walk and a run scored.

— Sam Travis led the offense with a walk, a stolen base, a home run, three runs and three RBI. This was his 12th multi-hit game of the season. Rusney Castillo also had a good night offensively. He went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI. He tied the game at two in the third with his fourth home run of the season.

— Shawn Haviland got the start for Pawtucket and gave up five earned runs, 11 hits and a walk in six innings. Noe Ramirez got the loss and blown save after giving up a run and a hit in the eighth.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (18-16): L, 13-8 vs. Hartford

— The Sea Dogs allowed all 13 of Hartford’s runs in the first three innings.

— Travis Lakins got the loss in his Double-A debut after giving up five earned runs and five hits in just 1 2/3 innings. He threw 39 pitches in the second inning before getting the hook.

— Josh Tobias had three RBI for Portland and Jake DePew reached base four times. Cole Sturgeon, Danny Mars and Joseph Monge each had two hits, while Rafael Devers hit a single in the fifth inning to extend his on-base streak to 18 games.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (24-15): L, 5-2 vs Frederick 

— Despite a late comeback attempt, Salem fell to Frederick after falling behind early. The Red Sox began their scoring in the fifth on a Chad De La Guerra single and a hard Michael Chavis ground ball, which drove in a run. Josh Ockimey then singled to score Chavis.

— This offense wasn’t enough, however, as Salem starter Roniel Raudes gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings before Austin Glorius came in to relieve him and gave up another run in his three innings.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (24-13): L, 6-5  at Lakewood

— Greenville lost on a two-run walkoff double in the ninth to Lakewood. The Drive’s Stephen Nogosek got the loss after giving up that double. Kyle Hart started the game and gave up two runs and two hits and struck out five in his five innings.

— Greenville had a 4-0 lead after the top of the fifth courtesy of a Santiago Espinal third inning single and a double in the fifth. Jerry Downs hit an RBI single in the fourth and Tyler Hill had one of his own in the fifth.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

Despite injuries to two of their better relievers in Carson Smith and Tyler Thornburg, who haven’t appeared in a game this season, the Red Sox bullpen has been one of the biggest surprises so far this year.

Entering play on Wednesday, the bullpen had an ERA of 2.90, good for fourth in baseball, and that was before arguably its best performance of the season.