January 13, 2013

On Baseball: Some Red Sox prospects ripening down on the farm

By Kevin Thomas kthomas@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Barring any more injuries, Ranaudo should resume his "promising prospect" status.

"He's healthy according to the reports I have," Crockett said. "He's going through his regular throwing program. He should be ready to go." 

PITCHER MIKE MACDONALD is looking for a job -- preferably on a mound.

The nine-year pro out of the University of Maine and Camden was 3-2 for the Sea Dogs last year with a 4.62 ERA in 10 games (nine starts).

He has not signed with a team for this season.

"Nothing yet," MacDonald said. "But I'm always keeping the body in shape, getting prepared, waiting for that phone call. That's all I can do at this point."

MacDonald, 31, began last season in independent ball before the Red Sox signed him last July. He's not sure that an independent league is an option this year.

"Being 31, sometimes life responsibilities catch up to you," said MacDonald, who was married last October and now lives in Saco. "At the same time, you'd like to give it one more run to see what could happen. I'll cross that bridge when it comes. Obviously I'd love to get the spring training invite." 

FORMER SEA DOGS pitcher Tommy Hottovy is being bounced around this offseason.

Hottovy, 31, left the Red Sox as a free agent after 2011 and signed with the Royals. Kansas City traded him to Texas last November.

The Rangers waived Hottovy this month and Toronto claimed him on Thursday.

But on Friday, Toronto signed catcher Henry Blanco. To make room on its roster, Hottovy was designated for assignment. Hottovy could eventually stay with the Blue Jays on a minor league contract or get picked up by someone else.

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