Brentz cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday. The left fielder struggled mightily throughout spring camp, finishing with a .182 average and 15 strikeouts in 55 at-bats. Brentz will look to rediscover his swing in the minors and likely serves as the first outfielder who could be recalled in the event of an injury.
Brentz is out of options and will have to pass through waivers if Boston wants him to start the year in the minors. Brentz is not a lock for a spot on the major league roster as he enters spring training and could be moved off the 40-man roster if Boston acquires a more experienced outfielder this spring. At the moment, the orgnization is thin in experienced outfield depth. They do have Chris Young and can use Brock Holt there, but Young might be a regular at DH and Holt isn't a long-term solution in the outfield. That leaves Brentz and non-roster invitees Junior Lake and Brian Bogusevic as the sole MLB-experienced outfielders in spring training.
Brentz was pinch hit for before his first at-bat in the second game of Triple-A Pawtucket's double header Sunday, Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald reports. Brentz, who was in the starting lineup as the designated hitter, did not suffer an injury, so it appears he was pulled for a pending call up to Boston. The Red Sox need another bat after it was announced that Hanley Ramirez is headed to the bereavement list.
Brentz was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Brentz was sent down in a corresponding move to the club calling up left-hander Roenis Elias from Pawtucket. The outfielder has gone 17-for-61 with the Red Sox this season, adding in one home run and seven RBI for the big league team. He will go down to Pawtucket for now, where he has spent 38 games this year.
Brentz is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Twins, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. Brentz will start in left field while Brock Holt moves to right. Ostensibly, Brentz is taking over for Michael Martinez, who filled in at right field for the injured Mookie Betts (knee) and misplayed two balls badly in Boston's 11-9 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. The Red Sox may state that they wanted Brentz's right-handed bat in the lineup against the left-handed Tommy Milone, but Martinez's adventures in right field Saturday has to factor into this decision.
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