July 31, 2011

On Baseball: Reddick's now on the up side of an up-and down journey

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Josh Reddick

MAINERS IN THE MINORS

(Statistics through July 28)

Ryan Baker, Portland, catcher (Yankees): Remains on the disabled list for Double-A Trenton of the Eastern League.

Ryan Flaherty, Portland, 3B (Cubs): Batting .188 with one home run in 13 games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League.

Andrew Giobbi, Portland, catcher (Mariners): Remains on the disabled list with advanced Class A High Desert of the California League.

Mike MacDonald, Camden, pitcher (Blue Jays): Is 5-5 with a 7.00 ERA in 21 games (16 starts) with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Ryan Reid, Portland, pitcher (Rays): Has allowed six hits and one run in three games (91/3 innings) since rejoining Triple-A Durham.

Mark Rogers, Orrs Island, pitcher (Brewers): Has a 4.85 ERA in five games (13 innings) on a rehab assignment in the rookie Arizona League.

NOTES: Reid pitched 3 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in his last outing, walking none and striking out five.

-- Kevin Thomas

"Sometimes, you have to pick yourself up after someone else's injury and make the best of it," Reddick said. "I love playing here. Fortunately, right now it's working out in every aspect possible."

As far has his improved approach at the plate, Reddick is hardly someone who looks for walks, but he admits to becoming a more selective hitter.

"Just maturing. I can't really explain it," he said. "I guess something clicked with the pitch selection and that kind of thing. Just turned it around when I really needed to."

Reddick's manager from Portland (and this year in Pawtucket), Arnie Beyeler, is watching Reddick's progress with a smile.

"He's always been dangerous," Beyeler said. "Can drive the baseball. He's giving himself a chance to do that on a consistent basis with his approach at the plate.

"And in turn, he's getting more of a chance to play."

While Drew's forte was covering the uniqueness of Fenway's right field, Francona said, "The more (Reddick) is out there, the better, because he's really athletic. That's one of his strengths. He's fast enough and he has plenty of arm.

"But there are some quirks out there that (Drew) makes look really easy. It will take some time with (Reddick). But he's a good outfielder."

And right now, Reddick is the right fielder for the Boston Red Sox. The skinny kid who looked out of place four years ago in Portland appears comfortable in Boston.

Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at:

kthomas@pressherald.com

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