ARLINGTON, Texas — A great night for the Red Sox was marred on Thursday when shortstop Xander Bogaerts was forced to leave a game against the Rangers in the fourth inning with a left forearm contusion.

Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton check in with Sox Skipper John Farrell for his weekly chat. John breaks some news about David Ortiz with us.

[0:02:17] ... the result were ordered to take a little bit different approach with David Ortiz and extra day's gonna back him out let him more current and in the cage. I get the chance to regroup and hopefully that bring him back a little bit more fresh all you're always looking for. I you know some adjustment. Two to jumpstart fringe. By back him up do you mean David Ortiz is out of tonight's lineup. Here. And I assume that that that that that probably means Hanley Ramirez is the DH. That would mean. They are and how long do you expect Ortiz to be out of the lineup John. ...
[0:03:18] ... other guys he and we really haven't seen them before in Boston Hanley Ramirez and up doubles and evolved to sting and lessons guys that you relied on or pitcher expecting to give you big performances ...
[0:05:08] ... the players that have the greatest place certainly that stated that that Dustin Pedroia. In the I can tell you that in the in player meetings or in meetings that we have for today for the ...
[0:08:09] ... manager John Ferrell sort of buried the lead in the about the David Ortiz things. That is that is big news something that you can ask them about if next week. I just visit WEEI. Dot com slash folk Egan did submit your question for our weekly interview if chosen. You can be dining with John Farrell at Mohegan Sun during the post season. Yeah a little bombshell I would I would say a. Now I know at some point and it's in the others an hour time difference only it won't be long before they'll be a ball park but at some point. They are now going to go to David Ortiz and ask him about this decision and and whether he would you know was okay what this. And it will be interesting for me anyway Michael he certainly handled. Being dropped to fifth with. You know no problem at all I wonder what he thinks of this one. I think it'll be time. Because. Carol said David Ortiz when the leaders of the team along with a Dustin Pedroia. And and how we talked about it yesterday. Into one here. A lot of fans don't wanna hear that you know that the manager goes to the employee to ask. If everything is okay you like the iron fist hey you gonna do irritated let. I'd be shocked. They're John Ferrell didn't go to David Ortiz. Say what do you need. What if I play it this. Would replace him to give you a couple of days you get a couple days off. You can get your swing back you'll come out and say. Hey I'm all screwed up and I just need a couple of days in my head right you know. I'll hit 'cause I always hit in everybody's mind. I think I think it is already been. Discussed. And so David Ortiz is gonna execute the plan today my prediction and execute the plan and come out and say nice things now with that. ...






ARLINGTON, Texas — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will miss at least two games to work on his swing in the cage, manager John Farre

ARLINGTON, Texas — Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will miss at least two games to work on his swing in the cage, manager John Farrell said on Thursday before the opener of a four-game series against the Rangers.

Mired in a 3-for-31 slump that has dropped his average to .216, Ortiz will take a step back and focus on his mechanics.

“Get some extra work done in the cage, try to get him going again before we get him back in the lineup,” Farrell said. “I think he’s feeling under the weather as well. As you do with every player, you talk and try to keep up to date with each guy individually and this is a chance to hopefully have him get over that, as well as address some of the things and give him a little bit of a breather.”

Ortiz waved off reporters who approached him today, saying he was sick and, “you don’t want to be near me.” But neither Ortiz nor Farrell cited illness as the reason the slugger is out of the lineup.

With Ortiz sidelined, Hanley Ramirez is expected to shift from left field to designated hitter.

Farrell said there’s nothing wrong with Ortiz physically, and acknowledged that part of the break is for mental purposes. He informed Ortiz of the decision after Wednesday’s loss to the Twins, and wouldn’t rule out a return to the lineup in Texas.

“Have a chance to hopefully accomplish a few things and that’s to get him over what he’s dealing with,” Farrell said. “It’s a combination of a few things. There’s some of that, there’s some of what he’s battling a little bit, but hopefully more than anything, just take a little bit of a step back and regroup.”

In other Red Sox news:

— Farrell said Daniel Nava, who was placed on the disabled list with a left thumb sprain, had been limited in his pregame work, which affected his timing.

— Outfielder Carlos Peguero, acquired from the Rangers on Wednesday, is on the roster to face his former team. Farrell said he’ll be used as a left-handed bat off the bench. Peguero, who owns a pair of 30-homer seasons in the minors, said he “thanks God,” the Red Sox picked him up.

He said it will be strange to face his former team.

“At the beginning yeah, but this is a business,” Peguero said. “This is baseball. You can be here today and then be in another place. I’m not going to be surprised. I’m going to be calm and happy to perform.”

— With Nava sidelined, jack-of-all-trades Brock Holt can now add “backup first baseman” to his resume.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

ARLINGTON, Texas — According to a major league source, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Robbie Ross.

Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

ARLINGTON, Texas — According to a major league source, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Robbie Ross.

There had been speculation that Nava would be designated for assignment, particularly after the Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Peguero is a left-handed hitter with excellent power (167 HRs in the minors).

Nava, meanwhile, is hitting just .159 with no homers and a .440 OPS in 27 games. Counted on to provide balance to an overwhelmingly right-handed lineup, the switch-hitting Nava (who’s far better from the left side) instead never got untracked. He even briefly gave up switch hitting, facing lefties from the left side and going 0-for-2.

There’s no word yet on what his injury is, but a DL stint allows him to remain in the organization. Because he’s out of options, he couldn’t be sent to Triple A without first being exposed to every other team in baseball.

As for Ross, he owns a 5.14 ERA in 14 appearances. He’s already in Texas, and will be active against his former team. He went 13-8 with a 4.06 ERA from 2012-14 with the Rangers.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase
Daniel Nava

Daniel Nava

ARLINGTON, Texas — According to a major league source, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list and recalled left-hander Robbie Ross.

There had been speculation that Nava would be designated for assignment, particularly after the Red Sox acquired outfielder Carlos Peguero from the Rangers on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Peguero is a left-handed hitter with excellent power (167 HRs in the minors).

Nava, meanwhile, is hitting just .159 with no homers and a .440 OPS in 27 games. Counted on to provide balance to an overwhelmingly right-handed lineup, the switch-hitting Nava (who’s far better from the left side) instead never got untracked. He even briefly gave up switch hitting, facing lefties from the left side and going 0-for-2.

There’s no word yet on what his injury is, but a DL stint allows him to remain in the organization. Because he’s out of options, he couldn’t be sent to Triple A without first being exposed to every other team in baseball.

As for Ross, he owns a 5.14 ERA in 14 appearances. He’s already in Texas, and will be active against his former team. He went 13-8 with a 4.06 ERA from 2012-14 with the Rangers.

Blog Author: 
John Tomase

Former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden joined Middays with MFB Thursday to discuss getting substances approved for pitchers to use on the mound in games, like pine tar for batters. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden joined Middays with MFB Thursday to discuss getting substances approved for pitchers to use on the mound in games, like pine tar for batters. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier in the week he would like to see a substance approved for all pitchers to help get a better grip. “€œI would like to see an approved substance that pitchers can use,”€ Farrell said in Minnesota.

This comes after Orioles reliver Brian Matusz was ejected from Saturday’€™s game against the Marlins for having a substance on his right arm, becoming the second MLB pitcher in a week to be disciplined for using an illegal substance on the baseball. Braden agrees with Farrell.

“Farrell is right on the money because he understands,” Braden said. “There are guys in the league that yeah, 97-98 (mph), we’re talking hundo (100 mph) and they don’t have a clue where it’s going sometimes. So, from the hitters perspective they would love to be able to dig in against a guy like that and being confident that [they] are not going to get drilled and get pained one knee high away on the black. [They’d] like to have a comfortable at-bat. Well, a guy like me — so, for a guy that throws 95 or above, it’s a safety issue, but for a guy like me who does it, now I am a cheater? Not so much. These are things that have been going on, that go on and that will continue to go on in the game of baseball …”

He added: “We don’t need to go and try and reinvent the wheel here. There’s a substance already out there and it’s called pine tar. This is what I think about — when [a batter] is in the on-deck circle and he has his batting gloves on, holding a weighed bat, with a weighed doughnut on it, he’s applied pine tar to his bat, he has pine tar on his helmet, he’s rubbed down the bat with the [stick] just before he goes up to the plate. I’ve got a bag of chalk on the back of the mound to get moisture off of my hand. That’s what [a pitcher] is working with and that’s what [a batter] has?

“Give me a pine tar rag. I don’t need to have you go to NASA and come up with some space-sticking goo to stick on my fingers, I’m good with pine tar. I’ve made that abundantly clear. For me, what I haven’t come across was, ‘Oh, I can use rosin and I can shield my sensitive fair skin from ultraviolet rays and this is actually going to come up with a nice sticky substance. That’s a win for me. Sorry about it, but sorry I am not sorry.'”

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WEEI
Former teammate of Lou Merloni and current ESPN analyst Dallas Braden joins the guys to talk about doctoring the ball, cheating in baseball, and the struggling Red Sox.