The biggest news as it relates to the Red Sox organization on Friday didn’t take place at Fenway Park, it took place in Double-A Portland.

Highly-touted prospect Andrew Benintendi will be making his first professional start in left field, shifting over from his natural position of center field.

Manager John Farrell was aware of the change.

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

The biggest news as it relates to the Red Sox organization on Friday didn’t take place at Fenway Park, it took place in Double-A Portland.

Highly-touted prospect Andrew Benintendi will be making his first professional start in left field, shifting over from his natural position of center field.

Manager John Farrell was aware of the change.

“Aware of position changes, aware of the potential estimated timeline of arrival,” Farrell said. “Again, the player is going to determine when he is most ready. As we’ve seen with a number of guys, we haven’t been hesitant to move them around on the field, change positions. With Andrew going to left, we are looking down the road a little ways. When that day comes that he’s a left fielder here in Boston, remains to be seen, but the way he’s swung the bat, the way he’s advanced this year, you start to prepare for that eventual day.”

It seems like it will be a gradual shift as per source, he’s not expected to play there every day, but will get early work and reps during batting practice there. It also seems likely a potential promotion to Triple-A could come in the coming weeks.

The 2015 first-round pick, No. 7 overall out of the University of Arkansas is batting .277 with six home runs and 31 RBIs over 54 games in Double-A. He started the year in High-A Salem, but was promoted after batting .341 in 34 games.

Farrell added the shift to left field had nothing to do with Blake Swihart’s recent setback in his ankle rehab.

It seems likely the Red Sox are preparing for September when the rosters expand and also looking towards the future as Benintendi is blocked in center field with Jackie Bradley Jr., but left field is up for grabs.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

If you were expected Koji Uehara to return from the disabled list after the 15 days, think again.

Manager John Farrell said the reliever received a PRP injection on Friday, which suggests he will be out an extended period of time. Uehara was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a right pectoral strain.

Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara

If you were expected Koji Uehara to return from the disabled list after the 15 days, think again.

Manager John Farrell said the reliever received a PRP injection on Friday, which suggests he will be out an extended period of time. Uehara was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a right pectoral strain.

“That is going to require a little bit of down time to recover from that,” Farrell said. “Still it doesn’t lend to a return date or really to put a ball back in his hand as of yet. That’s really the most update I can give you.”

While nothing is official, Sept. 1 seems like a good general target date for his return.

The Red Sox will get another reliever back Friday in Junichi Tazawa, who is returning from shoulder impingement. Farrell said there are no physical restrictions for him, but as they do with all relievers, the team will monitor his work load.

“We’ll pick a spot. If Eddie [Rodriguez] goes deep in the game — again, I think it’s all going to be game dependent,” he said. “The leverage to it, the stress to it — put it this way, going into tonight there is no physical limitations. That will be the guide.”

Farrell added he would like to stay away from Matt Barnes again Friday night after he went three innings on Wednesday.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox will look to keep on rolling Friday night against the Twins in the second game of a four-game weekend series.

It’s a standard lineup against a right-hander with Brock Holt in left field and Travis Shaw at third base as the Red Sox are facing the Twins’ Kyle Gibson.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

As expected, reliever Junichi Tazawa is back on the active 25-man roster as he was activated prior to Friday’s game with the Twins. As the corresponding move, Noe Ramirez was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Sandy Leon

Sandy Leon

The Red Sox will look to keep on rolling Friday night against the Twins in the second game of a four-game weekend series.

It’s a standard lineup against a right-hander with Brock Holt in left field and Travis Shaw at third base as the Red Sox are facing the Twins’ Kyle Gibson.

Sandy Leon will catch Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Travis Shaw, 3B
Sandy Leon, C
Brock Holt, LF
Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Junichi Tazawa

Junichi Tazawa

As expected, reliever Junichi Tazawa is back on the active 25-man roster as he was activated prior to Friday’s game with the Twins. As the corresponding move, Noe Ramirez was optioned back to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Tazawa was on the disabled list with shoulder impingement since July 14, retroactive to July 4. He has made 35 relief appearances for the Red Sox this season, going 1-1 with a 3.62 ERA and 37 strikeouts against only eight walks. Opponents are hitting just .215 this season.

Ramirez didn’t appear in a game during his few days with the club. The right-hander has made 11 relief appearances over seven stints with the Red Sox this season, posting no record and a 6.55 ERA with 11 strikeouts. He has has also made 18 appearances with Pawtucket this year, earning three saves and going 1-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 25 strikeouts compared to eight walks.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Red Sox Starting Pitcher Steven Wright joins Glenn, John Tomase, and Tom Caron to discuss pitching the knuckler in adverse conditions, his journey through MLB, and his All-Star experience.

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Here is the look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (51-48): L, 5-4 in 14 innings, at Columbus (Indians)

— On his 24th birthday, Henry Owens pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts. The southpaw is 6-5 in 17 starts this year with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.