Sunday, March 9, 2014
According to media reports out of Baltimore, where the Red Sox are playing the Orioles, infielder Drew Sutton was optioned back to Pawtucket, making room for Carl Crawford to come off the DL.
With Sutton gone, Yamaico Navarro remains the only back-up infielder (as well as a right-handed option in the outfield). Navarro has been in only 8 games, and is batting .211 (4-for-19), but maybe the Red Sox want to see more of Navarro's promise in the big leagues.
In other Red Sox roster news, DH David Ortiz had his suspension reduced from 4 to 3 days, for charging the mound against the Orioles. He will begin serving the suspension tonight.
In Portland, where the Sea Dogs are getting ready to play the Binghamton Mets, outfielder Alex Hassan said he is day-to-day after aggravating a sore left foot on Sunday, while trying to make a catch against the center field wall.
The Sea Dogs also placed pitched Miguel Gonzalez (6.37 ERA) on the DL with forearm inflammation. Reliever Charle (no i) Rosario has been called up from Greenville.
Michael Lee, who was recently sent to the bullpen, will take Gonzalez's start on Tuesday.
Alex Wilson (8-4, 2.85) gets the start tonight. Follow @ClearTheBases.
Now for the lineups.
BOSTON: Ellsbury DH, Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, Youkilis 3B, Reddick CF, Crawford LF, Saltalamacchia C, Drew RF, Scutaro SS (Wakefield P).
PORTLAND: Hazelbaker CF, Khoury LF, Chiang DH, Middlebrooks 3B, Federowicz C, Tejeda 2B, Dening RF, Hee 1B, Meneses SS. (Wilson P).
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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