Tag:Scott Atchison
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: May 5, 2011 12:59 pm

Red Sox bullpen gets shakeup

By Matt Snyder

After an extended workload Wednesday night, due to a rain delay and extra innings, the Red Sox bullpen is in need of some fresh faces. They're going to get two, as Rich Hill and Scott Atchison have both been promoted from Triple-A to join the 'pen. They will replace Dan Wheeler and Bobby Jenks, both of whom were placed on the disabled list Thursday morning, general manager Theo Epstein announced.

The move shouldn't really harm the Red Sox, considering how awful both Wheeler and Jenks have been thus far. Jenks has a 9.35 ERA with 13 hits and nine walks allowed in just 8 2/3 innings. For good measure, he's even tossed in three wild pitches. He was unavailable during Wednesday's marathon, so maybe he just hasn't been healthy all season. Wheeler has an 11.32 ERA. His issue is complete opposite of Jenks, as he's been pounded with the long ball, having given up four home runs in 10 1/3 innings.

On the flip-side, Hill and Atchison have been tearing up Triple-A. Hill has a 1.13 ERA with 18 strikeouts and five walks in 16 innings while Atchison has a 1.04 ERA with 17 strikeouts and just one walk in 17 1/3 innings. Things will be more balanced, too, as Hill is left-handed (both Jenks and Wheeler are righties).

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 1:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:05 pm

Rays test their bench

Joe Maddon How about this for a record you didn't know existed?

Monday night the Rays tied a major-league record by using six pinch hitters in one inning. It was the ninth time that's happened -- and the seventh in September, when rosters expand.

Joe Maddon did it in the seventh inning of Monday's game in Boston because his team was being blown out and wanted to give his regulars some rest and get his bench players some at-bats.

"They all looked good up there. We like our depth, we like our bench," Maddon told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I want to keep them sharp, I've got to get them out there. Hopefully as we proceed and hopefully make the playoffs we're going to have to make a lot of tough decisions regarding who those 25 people are going to be, so these guys have got to play. If they're going to contribute the rest of this month they just can't sit on the bench."

How'd it work? Well enough for six pinch hitters to get to bat -- as well as three starters -- who accounted for two of the three outs. None of the starters got a hit, with Carlos Pena walking. The pinch hitters went 3 for 4 with two walks, scoring all three runs in the inning.

Here's how it went down:

The Red Sox started the inning with Robert Coello replacing starter Jon Lester.

Dan Johnson, batting for Ben Zobrist, singled to center.

Kelly Shoppach flied out to center.

Matt Joyce, batting for B.J. Upton, singled to right.

Willy Aybar, batting for Jason Bartlett, singled to center, loading the bases.

Brad Hawpe, batting for Carl Crawford, walked, scoring a run.

Desmond Jennings, batting for Evan Longoria, walked, scoring a run.

The Red Sox pulled Coello and put in Dustin Richardson.

Carlos Pena walked, scoring a run.

Out goes Richardson, in comes Scott Atchison.

Reid Brignac, batting for Sean Rodrgiuez, pops out to first.

Rico Baldelli flied out to end the inning.

The last team to use six pinch hitters in an inning was the Mariners in 2007 and the last two do it in a non-September game was the Expos in May of 1970.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 12, 2010 4:27 pm

Dice-K to DL

The Red Sox just announced that right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who had been slated to start today against the Phillies, has been placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain. Scott Atchison will be making a spot start today.

Left-handed reliever Dustin Richardson has been called up to take Matsuzaka's roster spot.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 3:59 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 5:36 pm

Red Sox moves

Via Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe on Twitter:

  • Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has been reinstated after being on the bereavement list for an undisclosed reason since Monday.
  • Outfielder Jeremy Hermida has been placed on the disabled list with a rib injury suffered last week. He's the second Red Sox player this season (Jacoby Ellsbury the other) to go on the disabled list after a rib injury caused by a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre.
  • Reliever Joe Nelson was designated for assignment.
  • Right-hander Scott Atchison was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: Hermida has fractures in five ribs, an injury very similar to Ellsbury's. "Beltre is going to take out our whole outfield," manager Terry Francona told reporters .

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