FORT MYERS, Fla. — Righty reliever Scott Atchison, a 34-year-old who spent the past two seasons in Japan, was informed Thursday morning that he had earned a spot in the Red Sox bullpen. The final spot in the 'pen is between Scott Schoeneweis, who is scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Twins in Fort Myers, and Joe Nelson, who will travel with the team to Washington for Saturday's exhibition game against the Nationals.
Meanwhile, manager Terry Francona said the team asked lefty reliever Alan Embree for more time to evaluate him. Embree only signed with the team on March 20 and has struggled in three appearances, allowing 10 runs on eight hits and three walks in 2-1/3 innings. He has one strikeout.
Schoeneweis and Embree have opt-out clauses on April 15, meaning they can become free agents if they are not on the major league roster then. Nelson's opt-out is June 1.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa will have Tommy John surgery on his elbow, manager Terry Francona announced Thursday morning from spring training. Tazawa, who suffered a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament, met with renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews, who will perform the surgery Tuesday at his facility in Birmingham, Ala. The 23-year-old Tazawa was called up to the Sox last August and went 2-3 with a 7.46 ERA.
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Adrian Beltre said Wednesday that he didn't expect Mike Lowell would be traded in spring training despite the Red Sox' perceived logjam at third base. "It's not easy to trade somebody in spring training," Beltre said. "You don't see that a lot. I had an idea that we would start the season together with this team, and whatever happens from there happens. The main thing was for him to get healthy and whatever happens happens. I wish Mike the best." It was learned Wednesday that the Rangers' interest in Lowell had been tempered by the fact they weren't prepared to allocate a substantial amount of money for a player filling a back-up role.
Beltre, whose locker throughout spring training has been next to Lowell's, said that he has learned a lot from his time with the 36-year-old infielder...
Bernie Carbo, now a born-again Christian, recounted for The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld how he abused drugs throughout his baseball career, including the 1975 World Series, when he hit two memorable home runs for the Red Sox. Meanwhile, a John Hancock employee is out to infiltrate Red Sox Nation this month. He is trying to become his company's biggest Boston Marathon fundraiser, which would earn him the right to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, and if he wins he plans to trot onto the field decked in Yankees garb. Get the details on those stories, plus check out a handful of interesting videos -- from Minnesota Twins batter Denard Span fouling off a ball that hits his mother, to a soccer player making a pass with his back, to an impressive cricket catch (as best we can tell). That's all at Thursday's Morning Mashup.
After watching Kevin Durant drill all 15 free throw attempts in Oklahoma City's win over the Celtics, Kevin Garnett had his own take on one big reason for the loss. "I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan tonight the way he was getting the whistle," Garnett said. "Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team." Durant, with a game-high 37 points, did make more than the Celtics at the line, as Boston was just 13-of-17 on the night. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
The guys have even more reaction to Deflategate and if this is actually a showdown between Bill and Roger.
Tom E. Curran calls the boys during his layover in Denver and gets right into the Deflategate craziness. Tom talks about his knowledge of the situation including his thoughts on if the NFL was indeed trying to set up and catch the Pats in the act. He gets into the relationship between Belichick and the league office, Belichick and Kraft and the actual game on Super Bowl Sunday.
Greg and Steve discuss the Deflategate debacle with callers and give their theories as to what went down in Foxboro last week against the Colts. Both guys think that Pats may be guilty of doing something to the balls, but that so do most other teams. Will Belichick and Brady be punished? Not if the NFL doesn't have proof, which it's looking more and more like they don't.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Tim Hasselbeck joined the show to give his expertise on deflate gate.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show discussing who was lying yesterday.
The guys react to comments made by Former Carolina Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney
After Tom Brady answered questions for a half hour about Deflate-Gate, the guys discuss whether or not they believe him.
Adam Schefter, ESPN, talks everything Deflate Gate with Lou, Christian and Tim on Patriots Friday
We get the national perspective on Deflategate and the Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl with the playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.
We discuss deflategate and move beyond it for some game talk with Tom E Curran of CSNNE
Michael, Jerry and Andy Hart of PFW continue the dialogue and try and find some sanity in this sea of madness.
A caller named Jumbo from California raises a question that hasn't been talked about too much, what happens if it's determined that the Patriots aren't found responsible for the deflation of the footballs?
Mut and Lenny continue talking and taking calls on deflategate, as well as hearing the sound from Kirk Minihane's appearance on the O'Reilly Factor.
Mut and Lenny are talking deflategate and what impact it could have on the Patriots organization.
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out some hardware, and give their Finals predictions.
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Television show writer of Showtime's "Shameless" and Boston native, Mike O’Malley unexpectedly calls Danny from California to react to Belichick’s press conference.More from this show