With the game already in good shape for the Red Sox, they were dealt a potentially damaging blow.

Hitting with one out in the ninth inning, and the Sox leading the Astros, 6-1, Xander Bogaerts couldn’t get out of the way of a Luke Gregerson fastball. The pitch would hit the shortstop flush in the right wrist as he was diving to get out of the way.

Xander Bogaerts

Xander Bogaerts

With the game already in good shape for the Red Sox, they were dealt a potentially damaging blow.

Hitting with one out in the ninth inning, and the Sox leading the Astros, 6-1, Xander Bogaerts couldn’t get out of the way of a Luke Gregerson fastball. The pitch would hit the shortstop flush in the right wrist as he was diving to get out of the way.

Bogaerts remained on the ground while Red Sox head trainer Brad Pearson and manager John Farrell raced out to check on him. He would then be escorted off the field, heading into the clubhouse.

Chris Young came on to pinch-run for Bogaerts, who had two hits on the night to raise his batting average to .277.

There was no immediate announcement in regards to Bogaerts’ diagnosis.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

Chris Colabello’s fairy-tale story has hit a roadblock.

The Milford native, and Assumption College product, was handed an 80-game suspension Friday by Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, specifically the banned substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

Milford's  Chris Colabello has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Milford’s Chris Colabello has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

Chris Colabello’s fairy-tale story has hit a roadblock.

The Milford native, and Assumption College product, was handed an 80-game suspension Friday by Major League Baseball for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, specifically the banned substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.

The 31-year-old first baseman had seemingly found his niche with the Blue Jays last season, finishing the 2015 campaign hitting .321 with an .886 OPS and 15 homers in 101 games with the Blue Jays.

Colabello had gotten off to a slow start this season, going 2-for-29 in 10 games with the Jays.

Prior to 2015, he played in parts of two seasons with the Twins after spending seven seasons with Independent League teams in Worcester and Nashua.

Colabello isn’t eligible to return to the Jays until just before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, and won’t be available to play in any postseason play, as dictated by rules of the suspension.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The last time Steven Wright pitched in Houston it didn’t go so well.

Ryan Hanigan

Ryan Hanigan

The last time Steven Wright pitched in Houston it didn’t go so well.

Making his fourth major league start, the knuckleballer lasted just one inning, allowing three runs on one hit while throwing just 18 of his 38 pitches for strikes. But the reason he was pulled was also because Ryan Lavarnway, Wright’s batterymate at the time, couldn’t handle the starter’s primary pitch, succumbing to four passed balls.

This time around at Minute Maid Park, Wright will have Ryan Hanigan handle his knuckleball in the Red Sox’ series opener against the Astros. It will be the third time the pair have teamed up.

Here is the Sox’ starting lineup against Houston starter Collin McHugh:

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

For all the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

The Red Sox announced Friday that Roenis Elias will be joining the club, with William Cuevas returning to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Elias will presumably work out of the Sox bullpen despite the fact he has spent the first few weeks of the 2016 season as a starter for the PawSox. In two starts with Pawtucket, the lefty gave up four earned runs in 9 1/3 innings (3.86 ERA).

Roenis Elias

Roenis Elias

The Red Sox announced Friday that Roenis Elias will be joining the club, with William Cuevas returning to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Elias will presumably work out of the Sox bullpen despite the fact he has spent the first few weeks of the 2016 season as a starter for the PawSox. In two starts with Pawtucket, the lefty gave up four earned runs in 9 1/3 innings (3.86 ERA).

Elias, who came to the Red Sox with Carson Smith from Seattle in exchange for Wade Miley and Jonathan Aro, has worked almost exclusively as a starting pitcher throughout his professional career. In 51 appearances with the Mariners over the past two seasons, 49 of them have been starts.

The Red Sox had worked Elias as a reliever during the final two weeks of spring training, but weren’t satisfied with the results when he pitched on a regular basis.

Cuevas’ lone appearance with the Red Sox came Thursday, pitching 2 1/3 innings while taking the loss against the Rays.

As for the players traded by the Red Sox to get Elias and Smith (who is currently on the 15-day disabled list), Miley has an 8.04 ERA in three starts, and Aro has a 2.61 ERA while pitching out of the bullpen for Triple-A Tacoma.

Blog Author: 
Rob Bradford

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

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (9-6): L, 5-0, at Rochester (Twins)

Steven Wright

Steven Wright

The Red Sox will kick off a three-game series against the Astros on Friday by sending out knuckleballer Steven Wright. He will be seeking his first win of the season while facing off against righty Collin McHugh.

Both of Wright’s first two starts have come against the Blue Jays, and he has given the Red Sox two solid outings despite losing both of them. In his last start on Sunday, he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a single batter. The Red Sox went on to lose the game, 5-3.

In a scary moment during the game, Wright hit Blue Jays batter Chris Colabello in the head. The look of concern on Wright’s face made it clear the pitch was unintentional. The next day, Colabello had a nice bottle of liquor sent to him from Wright as an apology.

“Steven decided that he was gong to send over a gift,” Colabello revealed. “He didn’t have to. I’m sure that’s not cheap, too.”

Wright has had had two career appearances against the Astros, including one start. In five total innings he has a 7.20 ERA and 1.400 WHIP, along with five strikeouts and two walks. He has not factored into a decision in either of those outings.

McHugh is 1-2 in three starts to begin the year. In his last outing last Saturday against the Tigers, he was hit hard. He allowed four runs on 10 hits, lasting 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked none in a game both he and the Astros would lose.

“I thought McHugh hung in there pretty well,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said after the game. “He obviously had a couple of innings where they got back-to-back doubles, got a couple hits in a row, they had guys on base the whole game. Just traffic all over the place and they never let up.”

In three career starts against the Red Sox, McHugh is 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA and 1.582 WHIP. He has 11 strikeouts and eight walks in 18 1/3 innings.

Collin McHugh

Collin McHugh

Red Sox vs. McHugh (RHP)

Brock Holt (10 plate appearances): .375 AVG/.500 OBP/.375 SLG, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts

Xander Bogaerts (9): .375/.444/.500, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

David Ortiz is hitless in nine at-bats, with two walks.

Hanley Ramirez and Chris Young each have one hit in six plate appearances. Ramirez has one walk and one strikeout, while Young has two strikeouts.

Mookie Betts is 1-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and one walk.

Ryan Hanigan is 0-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.

Dustin Pedroia is 1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.

Jackie Bradley is 2-for-3 with one walk.

Astros vs. Wright (RHP)

Jose Altuve has one hit in three career plate appearances, with two strikeouts.

Jason Castro is the only other Astros batter to register a hit, as he is 1-for-1.

Marwin Gonzalez and Colby Rasmus both are 0-for-1, with Rasmus striking out in his lone at-bat.

Blog Author: 
Travis Upham