Friday, December 20, 2013
Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller will need surgery on his left foot and is done for the season Joel Hanrahan is already gone for the year. Franklin Morales is on the disabled list for who-knows-how-long. Ditto Daniel Bard.
Boston used relievers Alex Wilson (1 1/3 IP, 3 runs) and Joe De La Torre (1 2/3 IP, 3 runs) Monday night.
Where do the Red Sox turn for help? A few 40-man roster pitchers are in the minors:
Knuckleball starter Steven Wright (3.81).
Starter Rubby De La Rosa (3.38), who allowed 6 runs in 1/3 of an inning in his last start.
Starter Drake Britton, who makes his Triple-A debut tonight.
Reliever Pedro Beato (2.18), who has thrown three scoreless innings for Boston this year.
From the non 40-man roster, three Pawtucket pitchers have performed well (and all three began the season in Portland).
Starter Brandon Workman (2.80 ERA / 1.47 walks/hits per inning [WHIP] )
Reliever Chris Martin (3.12 ERA / 1.19 WHIP)
Reliever Brock Huntzinger (2.03 / 0.98 WHIP), in only 13 1/3 innings.
Reliever Ryan Rowland-Smith (1.03) might have been a candidate but he is recovering from an appendectomy.
Reliever Clayton Mortensen is available, but Boston just took him off the 40-man roster.
There is also a trade possibility. While in Seattle, it would be convenient for the Red Sox to inquire on Mariners lefty Oliver Perez.
While there is concern for the bullpen, Jon Lester (4.60) remains a mystery. He took the loss Monday: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 6 K.
Pawtucket lost two on Monday (one being the completion of a suspended game). Lefty Chris Hernandez (6.75) has been struggling. Monday: 2 2/3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K ... Jeremy Kehrt, up from Portland to help out, took the loss in the second game: 3 1/3 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K ... Martin followed with 2 2/3 innings of one hit/no walk ball.
Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. did not play in either game, fueling speculation that he is on his way to Seattle to join the Red Sox, who are currently without ailing Jacoby Ellsbury (sore wrist) and Shane Victorino (hamstring).
Xander Bogaerts (.270) went 2-for-3 in the second game, and is batting .387 in his last 10 games.
The other prime infield prospect in the minors, Portland third baseman Garin Cecchini, went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. In 16 games in Double-A, Cecchini is batting .414 with a .521 OBP and .586 slugging average (1.107 OPS), and eight RBI ... See the game story.
Allen Webster tries to stop the Red Sox three-game losing streak tonight.
Red Sox 54-37
Rays 50-40 (3.5 games back)
Orioles 49-41 (4.5)
Yankees 48-41 (5)
Jays 43-45 (9.5)
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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