Sunday, March 9, 2014
Josh Reddick and Brandon Moss, those former Sea Dogs and Red Sox outfielders, have a combined 28 home runs (in 100 games, 78 for Reddick, 22 for Moss).
Reddick is batting .261, with an .865 OPS (combine on-base and slugging percentage).
Moss (who now plays first base) is bating .247 / .979
Currently the leading Red Sox outfielders are Daniel Nava (.293/.870; 3 HR), Cody Ross (.286/.934; 12 HR) and Ryan Kalish (.250/.578; 0 HR).
Scott Podsednik, who is on a rehab assignment in Pawtucket, was batting .387/.893, with 1 HR in 19 games.
Ryan Sweeney, a regular until he broke his toe, is batting .292/.733 without a HR.
Of course, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford have been unavailable because of injuries.
But all the inured are coming back.
In fact. Ellsbury, Crawford and Sweeney could all be rehabbing with the Sea Dogs at once.
Crawford is playing in Portland tonight.
Ellsbury is playing in the Gulf Coast League today and could join the Sea Dogs Wednesday (in Manchester).
Sweeney appears ready for a rehab game on Thursday. With Pawtucket in Rochester until Saturday, it may make sense to send Sweeney to the Sea Dogs while they're in New Hampshire.
Nice break for the Fisher Cats/Red Sox fans.
Eventually, decisions will have to be made. The outfield core appears to be Crawford, Ellsbury, Ross and Sweeney. But it's hard to ignore Nava's contributions. Kalish can go back to the minors, but Podsednik does not have that option.
One note from the Pawtucket mound: Zach Stewart, obtained in the Kevin Youkilis trade, made his second start. So far, so good with a 1.54 ERA. He went 6 innings Monday: 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K.
Daniel Bard, who has struggled, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh (10 pitches/8 strikes) ... And Alex Wilson(3.54) pitched 2 innings (1 BB, 2 K).
Salem first baseman Travis Shaw (.319/.984 OPS) had three doubles on Monday.
I'll be checking back later from Hadlock.
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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