The Red Sox recalled left-hander Felix Doubront Friday and designated Dennys Reyes for assignment, one of two moves made to try and improve a bullpen that has struggled in the first six games of the season.
"It was obviously a pretty short look," said Terry Francona of the Sox stint for Reyes, who had a 16.20 ERA in his four appearances. "It's hard to have a lefty, one lefty, that wasn't throwing the ball over the plate. We love Doubront -- he wasn't ready to pitch when we left -- so I think getting Felix here is something we're excited about. I know it was a short leash with Dennys but we need to try and win some games."
Doubront was shut down for a couple of weeks in spring training with elbow tightness, which was a key factor in his starting the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, but Francona said he spoke to the 23-year-old and was told that he was "ready to go."
Matt Albers (strained lat) was also placed...
Speaking before Friday's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, Red Sox reliever Matt Albers said the injury to his right lat -- which led to the pitcher going on the 15-day disabled list -- "pretty much came out of nowhere." Albers explained that he didn't feel the tightness in the muscle until he was warming up for his relief outing Tuesday, with the ailment getting worse the next morning.
"When I was warming up it sort of grabbed a little bit," he said. "The next day it was sore and a little weak. I don't think it's super serious, but rest is the only thing you can do right now.
"I didn't know what to expect, if I was going to bounce back really quick, a couple of days or a couple of weeks. the last couple of days it's felt a lot better. It kind of sucks. It's just one of those things where I never dealt with it before."
Albers classifies the trip to the D.L., which included Alfredo Aceves being...
Carl Crawford will beat leadoff when the Red Sox take on the Yankees in their home opener Friday afternoon. Crawford has bounced around from third to seventh to second in his six games with Boston, and he's hitting .174 on the young season. Jacoby Ellsbury, batting .167, will be dropped to eighth as manager Terry Francona continues to tinker with the order.
Here is the Sox lineup for the 2:05 start at Fenway against Phil Hughes:
Carl Crawford, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
David Ortiz, DH
J.D. Drew, RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Marco Scutaro, SS
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Dustin Pedroia called on Red Sox Nation to be fully behind the team when the Sox host the Yankees in their home opener Friday afternoon. "We need those those fans more than ever right now," he said after the Sox fell to 0-6 with Thursday's loss to the Indians.
Will you answer Pedroia's call, or do you think the team deserves some boos for its embarrassing start? Even if you aren't heading to the park, you can make your voice be heard in our poll at the Full Count blog.
Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino stopped by for a visit with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning at Fenway Park as the team prepares for its home opener against the Yankees. The Red Sox take an 0-6 record into the game.
"No one anticipated this kind of start because it is so rare a team starts like this," Lucchino said. "But it certainly is far too early to throw in the towel, and we are certainly not doing that. We are too good a team to play at this level."
Lucchino agreed that the team could have benefited from more competition for jobs in spring training. "I do love competition. I do think it's slightly better to keep people hungry than to keep them happy," he said. "We try to do both when the situation presents itself."
Lucchino took a jab at those who predicted smooth sailing for the Sox this season. "What interests me about this season is that a few weeks ago the media was...
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia talks to former federal prosecutor John Down about the NFL's discipline process and what should be changed.
We check in with Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater on a Patriots Monday as the Patriots prepare for their fourth pre-season game, and are 10 days away from opening the 2015 season.
We check in with the head coach of the Patriots on a Pats Monday to get his take on the win over Carolina, pre-season game number four, and the numerous cuts to the team's roster he must make in the upcoming weeks.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.
How long will this rebuild take? How much money will it take to keep Bae Crowder? Are Draft Picks even worth anything? With the Danny Ainge not landing any big names in the draft, and unable to lure any big names in free agency, Sam and Ben discussed if the Celtics are doomed moving forward.
We check in for our weekly visit with the interim Sox manager.
Joe Castiglione & Lou Merloni talked to the Sox outfielder, who had three hits and threw out a runner at home in the win over the Yankees.
Butch and John are talking Red Sox on the Sunday Sports Roundtable. They get into the current state of the rotation and how things have improved as of late. Joe Kelly has been on fire, but is he a trade asset? The guys discuss the starting pitchers that will be free agents this year and if any are good fits in Boston. Then they move on to the decision to let Orsillo go in favor of Dave O'Brien - Tomase has an interesting perspective on this topic.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Recapping the evolution of the Deflategate witch hunt.
A compilation of all the trolls featured on D&C&M during Deflategate.
Kirk was The Breakfast Club's Donkey of the Day...
As the guys say goodbye to Aloha Friday and their last day of freedom from Glen Ordway, the Big O himself calls in to tell the guys that he's back in charge.
Lou and Christian grill Gary for his stance that Tom Brady is still guilty, and callers chime in to rip Gary.
Lou, Christian and Gary listen to comments made by Tom Brady's attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, and discuss what he said about why he thinks the NFL shouldn't appeal.
Now that the ruling has been overturned, Dale and Holley with Thornton check in with the legal analyst that was at the forefront of this case... SI's Michael McCann
Now that Brady is free, here's a recap of a good amount of the hate they faced the last 8 months.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
Chris Villani and John Tomase discuss Tom Brady's suspension getting overturned by Judge Richard Berman and discuss in hindsight how obvious this should have been.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the Thursday federal court decision to overturn Tom Brady's DeflateGate punishment.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Sam, Alex and Paul discuss a recent article in Rolling Stone about Russell WIlson and pretty much rip him to shreds.
WEEI.com's Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss Tom Brady beating the NFL in court and the final roster cuts for the Patriots heading into the 2015 season.
With the transfer window coming to a close, Ben, Russ & Alex hand out transfer grades for each Premier League team. They also discuss the Revs recent surge and debate if it will continue this weekend.
The guys continue to embrace the breaking news and listen to comments from Tedy Bruschi who happily reacts to the news that his former teammate is eligible to play on Opening Night.More from this show