Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Reports out of Boston confirm that Kevin Youkilis going on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his thumb.
Now starting at first base: Mike Lowell. Remember him? Lowell is playing first base and batting sixth (Ryan Kalish is batting ninth and playing right field, by the way).
In Pawtucket's afternoon game, rehabbing Jacoby Ellsbury was the DH and went 3-for-5 ... Josh Reddick continued his tear with a 2-for-5 game, with a home run.
Felix Doubront made his first appearance out of the bullpen for Pawtucket, pitching two innings (1 H, 2 K).
The Sea Dogs' roster underwent several changes, starting with Yamaico Navarro's promotion to Pawtucket on Monday (he went 0-for-4 today).
On Tuesday, the Sea Dogs placed starter Alex Wilson and reliever Ryne Miller on the disabled list (don't know Miller's issue yet, but Wilson is likely getting a rest, skipping his turn in the rotation).
Portland activated two new relievers - Daniel Turpen and Ryne Reynoso.
Turpen, 23, was acquired from San Francisco in a trade for Ramon Ramirez. Turpen was an eighth-round draft pick in 2007 out of Oregon State (where he was a teammate of Ellsbury). He recorded an impressive 1.24 ERA last year in the hitter-friendly California League. At Double-A Richmond this year, Turpen had a 4.09 ERA with 42 strikeout and 19 walks in 50 2/3 innings.
Reynoso, 25, was with the Braves organization (2-7, 5.40 in Triple-A this year) until being released. The Red Sox signed him, had him build up his arm strength in Fort Myers and sent him to Portland today.
Also, utility infielder Luis Segovia was sent from Salem to help fill the vacancy left by Navarro (the hope is that shortstop Jose Iglesias will soon be activated from the DL. He is currently rehabbing with Lowell - only as a DH while he continues a throwing program).
Sea Dogs catcher Ryan Lavarnway remains out of the lineup because of a concussion suffered during a collision Saturday in Harrisburg.
Stephen Fife starts for Portland tonight.I'll check back later.
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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