Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Portland Sea Dogs staff put up a Tommy Hottovy jersey in Hadlock Field, joining the other former Sea Dogs now with the Boston red Sox.
Now the staff has to get working on another one. Catcher Luis Exposito, who spent part of 2009 and all of last season in Portland, has been summoned to the major leagues.
Exposito is officially replacing reliever Bobby Jenks, who is going on the disabled list with a sore back. The reason why the Red Sox called up Exposito and not another pitcher is that Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is ill, possibly with the flu, and cannot play.
It's possible that Exposito's major league time will only be a day or two since Boston will have to replace Jenks' arm in the bullpen (Michael Bowden?), unless Saltalamacchia has to go on the DL.
With Exposito with Boston, Pawtucket is down to one catcher. That makes utility man Nate Spears the emergency catcher.
In a minor league move, reliever Blake Maxwell was sent back to Pawtucket, from Portland.
The major league draft concluded today. In the 45th round, Boston chose UMass second baseman Matt Gedman, son of former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman. There may be a reunion in the works if Matt signs and is sent to Lowell, where dad is the hitting coach.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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