Thursday, April 17, 2014
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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Felix Doubront gave up five runs on six hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings.
Brandon Workman came in relief and allowed one run on two hits (no walks) over four innings.
Today, Workman is expected to be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket, to make room for lefty reliever Craig Breslow.
But if Doubront does not improve - and he certainly has the stuff to be dominant again - then Workman could be back up, in the rotation. The Red Sox have sent Doubront to the bullpen before.
Jackie Bradley Jr. had enjoyed little success in his limited playing time in the majors. It was nice to see Bradley show his talents in the Red Sox 5-1 win over Texas Monday night. Three hits, two RBI, two nifty catches.
John Lackey looked good: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Lackey is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He did not always get support last year (10-13, 3.52 ERA).
Boston has scored 11 runs for Lackey in two games this year. Compare that to one run in two Jon Lester starts. Lester is 0-2 with a 2.51 ERA.
Pawtucket beat Syracuse 3-2 in 10 innings. Justin Henry walked in the 10th, stole second and came home after two wild pitches ... Craig Breslow "started" to get his one inning of rehab in: 1-2-3. Chris Hernandez took over for his first appearance this year: 4 /23 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
The Red Sox were swept by the Brewers and are now 2-4, compared to the 4-2 mark that the 2013 club began with.
Is it that big a deal? Boston is still hoping to use its depth – and pitching – to get through. The column.
Will Middlebrooks has a Grade 1 strain in his right calf muscle that has landed him on the disabled list.
The DL stint could end in 15 days, although John Farrell allowed that it could be longer. (Shane Victorino is also on the DL with a Grade 1 hamstring strain).
Jonathan Herrera will start at third base today, like he did Saturday when Middlebrooks was pulled from the lineup.
To replace Middlebrooks on the roster, Boston recalled utility infielder Brock Holt from Pawtucket. Holt, 25, was acquired from Pittsburgh last year. He has 50 games of major league experience.
Of course, when I write a column before Saturday's Red Sox game, about the solid Red Sox starters, Clay Buchholz goes out and gives up six runs.
Also mentioned Will Middlebrook's steady start ... and he goes out with a calf strain (MRI results pending).
Still, the Red Sox look in good shape, despite a 2-3 record.
Pawtucket won on a fine start by Ruddy De La Rosa (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K). If De La Rosa commands consistently, he will be valuable to Boston ... Garin Cecchini went 3-for-3 and is off to a .556 start (something to think about if Boston needs a third baseman).