The Red Sox outfield took another hit Thursday when Chris Young pulled his hamstring rounding first base after ripping a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning in the Red Sox’ 8-7 extra innings win over the White Sox.

Young fell to the ground in serious pain grabbing the back of his right leg and needed help off the field from the trainer and manager John Farrell.

Chris Young will go on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Chris Young will go on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox outfield took another hit Thursday when Chris Young pulled his hamstring rounding first base after ripping a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning in the Red Sox’ 8-7 extra innings win over the White Sox.

Young fell to the ground in serious pain grabbing the back of his right leg and needed help off the field from the trainer and manager John Farrell.

It was a severe enough strain that the team was able to already say he would be going on the 15-day disabled list after the game.

“This is significant enough that we can make the DL call right now,” Farrell said.

Young is hoping it isn’t as serious as it looked in the field at the time and he will feel a little better when he wakes up on Friday.

“I have never had it before. I have never had that feeling before, so I really don’t know how it is going to respond,” Young said. “I mean it feels OK right now, so I mean I think that is a positive. Coming off the field I didn’t think I would be able to feel like I feel right now, so I am trying to be as optimistic as possible and see how it feels in the morning.”

As for his spot on the roster, Farrell said the team didn’t know who that would be, although he did rule out Brock Holt, who is still rehabbing with Triple-A Pawtucket as he works his way back from a concussion.

Another player it won’t likely be is Andrew Benintendi, as the 2015 first-round pick had just 456 minor league at-bats and just 123 in Double-A prior today. Given what has happened in the past with the organization in rushing players to the big leagues, it would seem they will take their time with him and thus he’s not an option.

The more likely player is Bryce Brentz, who is currently on the 40-man roster, and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski name-dropped him on Monday following the demotion of Rusney Castillo as an outfielder who is performing well. Brentz came into Thursday batting .278 with three home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games with Pawtucket this season.

Also, the team will likely only need this roster spot for a few days as Holt is set to play nine innings over the weekend and if everything goes as planned and he comes out of it feeling good, it appears he could be ready for a return early next week.

But, on a larger scale, Holt is not best served as an everyday left fielder. He’s better off as a utility man, so with the injuries to Young, as well as Blake Swihart, the team could be adding left field to their list of needs before the trade deadline.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how it goes, as long as it’s a W in the standings and that was the case Thursday for the Red Sox.

Even though the bullpen looked very vulnerable, the Red Sox were able to rally from 4-1 and 7-5 deficits to come away with a 8-7, 10-inning win over the White Sox to avoid a four-game sweep and their first four-game losing streak of the season.

Dustin Pedroia helped lead a comeback Thursday against the White Sox. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Dustin Pedroia helped lead a comeback Thursday against the White Sox. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how it goes, as long as it’s a W in the standings and that was the case Thursday for the Red Sox.

Even though the bullpen looked very vulnerable, the Red Sox were able to rally from 4-1 and 7-5 deficits to come away with a 8-7, 10-inning win over the White Sox to avoid a four-game sweep and their first four-game losing streak of the season.

Following two walks, Xander Bogaerts singled up the middle scoring Mookie Betts for a wild walk-off win.

This came after Craig Kimbrel got out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the top half of the inning.

After rallying from a 4-1 deficit entering the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead after the frame, Junichi Tazawa promptly allowed the White Sox to regain the lead in the top of the seventh as he allowed a three-run home run to Jose Abreu.

Tazawa’s performance comes following Wednesday night when Koji Uehara took the loss as he allowed two home runs when he entered the game with a 6-4 lead. The bullpen has now allowed seven runs in the last two games with three coming on homers.

The home run gave the White Sox a 7-5 lead, but once again the Red Sox wouldn’t go down without a fight as they scored a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Travis Shaw and then tied it in the eighth when Dustin Pedroia singled home Marco Hernandez who doubled with one out.

After White Sox starter James Shields departed in the top of the sixth, the Red Sox plated four runs in the inning (three charged to Shields) to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead and things were looking good at that point.

With the bases loaded and no outs, Hanley Ramirez hit a weak ground ball to second base that Brett Lawrie overthrew first base and two runs scored on the play. Then, pinch-hitter Sandy Leon singled to tie the game at four and the next batter Hernandez hit into a fielders choice to plate Ramirez as the go-ahead run at the time.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello didn’t have his best stuff. The right-hander went just 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, while walking one and hitting two. He had a season-low two strikeouts. It was also his shortest start since May 17 when he went five innings in a loss to the Royals.

The White Sox scored quickly against Porcello, putting two runs in the board in the top of the first inning before most settled into their seats. He allowed a lead off single, hit the next batter and then Jose Abreu singled to score Tim Anderson for the first run of the game. The second run scored on a Melky Cabrera double play.

Porcello would give up two more runs — one in the fourth and another in the sixth. In the sixth, he allowed a lead off triple to Cabrera and he scored on a sacrifice fly from Todd Frazier.

Closing Time note

It was the second walk-off win of the season for the Red Sox.

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

WHAT WENT RIGHT

— Mookie Betts went 2-for-6 with a run scored out of the lead off spot. It was his 31st multi-hit game, which are the second most in the majors.

— With Leon’s performance, he’s now 12-for-20 this season.

— Pedroia went 2-for-4 in the game and how has multi-hit games in each of his last three.

WHAT WENT WRONG

— After singling hard off the Green Monster in the second inning, Chris Young went down hard and immediately grabbed his right hamstring. He was helped off the field by manager John Farrell and a trainer. The team announced the injury as a right hamstring strain and he’s being evaluated further.

— The Red Sox have allowed their opponent to score first in eight straight games.

— The bullpen is a major concern right now as no one has been able to step up and take the place of Carson Smith who is out for the year with Tommy John surgery. It’s getting to the point where the Red Sox may need to look outside the organization for reinforcements.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Red Sox need Brock Holt back as soon as possible.

After hammering a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning, Chris Young rounded first base and abruptly stopped before falling to the ground in serious pain grabbing his right hamstring.

The Red Sox need Brock Holt back as soon as possible.

After hammering a ball off the Green Monster in the second inning, Chris Young rounded first base and abruptly stopped before falling to the ground in serious pain grabbing his right hamstring.

He was helped off the field by a trainer and manager John Farrell. The team announced the injury as a right hamstring strain and is being evaluated further.

Young was doing a nice job playing every day in left field since Holt and Blake Swihart went down with injuries. He entered the game batting .271 with six home runs and 15 RBIs.

Ryan LaMarre replaced Young in the lineup.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Prior to the Red Sox-White Sox series finale on Thursday afternoon, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave injury updates on several of the wounded members of the team.

John Farrell

John Farrell

Prior to the Red Sox-White Sox series finale on Thursday afternoon, Red Sox manager John Farrell gave injury updates on several of the wounded members of the team.

— Left fielder and catcher Blake Swihart suffered a severe left ankle sprain and is expected to miss several weeks because of the injury, but he appears to be trending in the right direction, as Farrell said Thursday that Swihart will be switching from a walking boot to a brace.

“[Blake Swihart] had a very good re-exam yesterday,” said Farrell. “He will come out of the boot and go to a brace. He is making steady progress. He will begin to get into more of a regular throwing program now that he can be weight bearing without a boot on, but still we are not at the point of putting him back where there is some twerking or twisting or rotation technical movement on that foot.

“But still, him getting into a brace and beginning to throw is probably fairly far ahead of what we first anticipated coming out of the injury. Encouraging, but still a ways to go.”

Before getting hurt, Swihart was hitting .258/.365/.355 in 74 plate appearances.

— Farrell also announced Travis Shaw will be available to pinch hit on Thursday after leaving Wednesday’s game in the third inning with a right shin contusion after fouling a ball off of his right ankle area on Tuesday night.

“Coming out of the game last night, even after we did some early work, I felt like he was good to go, it started to tighten up on him during the ball game, so I had to remove him,” said Farrell.

— Both Ryan Hanigan and Brock Holt will be making rehab appearances in Pawtucket Thursday night. Hanigan, who is on the disabled list with a neck strain, will be the designated hitter and Holt, who is coming back from a concussion, will play seven innings in the infield as part of his gradual progression which began earlier this week.

“[Hanigan] will DH tonight and get four at-bats,” said Farrell. “He will begin, obviously, to get behind the plate. It will be a progression of the nine innings. We would like to see him go back-to-back nine innings before we get him back to us.”

— The tendinitis in Josh Rutledge’s left knee appears to be worse than the team previously thought.

“There have been some days that have been better than others,” said Farrell. “[Rutledge] has some pretty severe tendinitis in that patellar tendon. That is going to require some downtime and some treatment and then gradually work up from there. So I don’t have anywhere near of a return rehab assignment yet.”

Rutledge was placed on the 15-day DL on June 17.

— Joe Kelly will begin to throw off a mound on Sunday after suffering a groin strain during a start in Pawtucket on June 7. Once again, Farrell didn’t rule out the possibility of Kelly coming out of the bullpen when he is fully healthy, but stressed getting back on a mound comes first.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

Here’s what was happening in the Red Sox system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-35): L, 6-4, vs. Syracuse (Washington)

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Here’s what was happening in the Red Sox system on Wednesday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-35): L, 6-4, vs. Syracuse (Washington)

— Down 4-2, the PawSox put together an impressive two-run rally in the eighth inning, but were unable to close the deal Wednesday night. The Chiefs added a pair of runs that proved to be the winning margin in the ninth off of reliever Roman Mendez.

— The PawSox performed well at the dish, with six of nine starters recording at least one hit, while going 3-for-9 as a team with runners in scoring position. Jantzen Witte and Ryan Court each had two-hit games. Court, who was playing his fourth game since being called up Monday, is 6-for-13 with a triple and two RBI, good for a .462 average.

— Down 3-0 Henry Ramos parked a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the PawSox on the board. Ramos ultimately went 1-for-4 on the night.

— The pitching was average at best for Pawtucket. Starter Aaron Wilkerson went three innings, allowing only one run on four hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. Wilkerson’s ERA is now 2.12. Wesley Wright came in and tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three. Mendez, who was saddled with the loss, went 2 2/3 innings allowing one hit and two runs — neither of which being earned — with three walks and two strikeouts.

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (26-44): L, 9-6, vs. Harrisburg (Washington)

— The Sea Dogs never gave themselves much of a chance to win Wednesday night, courtesy of a 7-0 deficit by the conclusion of the top of the fourth inning.

— The Senators jumped on starter Keith Couch, who went 3 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits with two walks, including a grand slam to Isaac Ballou in the fourth inning. The outing sent his ERA up to 4.81.

— The brightest spot came in the form of Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada. Moncada went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. The Cuban second baseman is 4-for-10 in two games with Portland.

— Andrew Benintendi, though improving at the plate as a whole, had a tough night going 0-for-4.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (43-26): No game scheduled.

— They will open the second half of the season Thursday against Frederick.

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE (37-32): No game scheduled.

— They will open the second half of the season Thursday against Lakewood.

CLASS-A SHORT SEASON LOWELL SPINNERS (6-0): L, 9-6, vs. Hudson Valley (Tampa Bay)

— The Spinners keep rolling to start the season, winning their sixth straight game Wednesday against Hudson Valley.

— Starter Daniel Gonzalez tossed a solid outing, going 5 2/3 innings allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts. The bullpen was equally stout, with Kuehl McEachern, Algenis Martinez, and Brad Stone combining for one run on no hits with five strikeouts and five walks over 6 1/3 innings.

— Andy Perez and Carlos Tovar each went 2-for-5, with Tovar smacking a double and two RBI.

— The Spinners are now hitting .254 as a team, and are third in the league in runs scored with 30. On the pitching end, the team ERA is 1.86, good for fourth in the league.

Blog Author: 
Logan Mullen