August 15, 2013

On Baseball: Still grinding in Pawtucket

By Kevin Thomas
Staff Writer

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Xander Bogaerts may not quite be ready for the Red Sox, but he's learning in a hurry and if something else happens to Stephen Drew, just may get that call to be the shortstop.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. played last season with the Sea Dogs, jumped to the Red Sox to start this year, and now has settled at Pawtucket, where he has gone through ups and downs.

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Hassan, 25, was injured much of last year and began this season on the disabled list because of a broken foot suffered before spring training.

But since returning June 12, he's resumed his talents for getting on base.

"The beginning of the season was tough but I'm feeling good now," Hassan said.

The challenge for the Red Sox is finding a position for Hassan, considered a corner outfielder, mainly in left. He's also been tried at first base. 

DAN BUTLER is also on the 40-man roster but is in a crowd of five catchers. Boston has used Jarrod Saltalamacchia at its No. 1 catcher all year, with Ryan Lavarnway filling in for the injured David Ross, at least for a few more days. In Portland, Christian Vazquez is wowing scouts with his defensive skills and improving offense.

Where does that leave Butler?

"I haven't thought it once this year, to be honest with you," Butler said. "I'll let you guys speculate. I just come out and play, and try to enjoy it."

Once Lavarnway was promoted in mid-June and Butler, 26, got more playing time, he has thrived, batting .333 (42 of 126) with 10 home runs. 

ANTHONY RANAUDO will make his third Triple-A start Thursday night. He is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

"I love his mentality. He's a grinder," DiSarcina said. "He's not giving in to hitters. Reminds me a little bit of (Brandon) Workman." 

OTHERS ON the Pawtucket roster that may be familiar include relievers Chris Martin (3.86), the first pitcher promoted to Triple-A this year, and Will Latimer (on the disabled list with an inflamed elbow); knuckleball pitcher Charlie Haeger (3-3, 5.29); infielder Heiker Meneses (just promoted and hitless in two games); outfielders Jeremy Hazelbaker (.266 with 10 home runs), Bryce Brentz (.272 with 16 homers, but done for the season after knee surgery on July 16, and Tony Thomas (recently promoted and batting .355 in eight games). 

Kevin Thomas can be reached at 791-6411 or:

Twitter: ClearTheBases2012


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