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Red Sox's Steve Pearce: Hopeful for Opening Day
Pearce (calf) said he's "hoping" to be ready for Opening Day, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Pearce has been nursing a calf injury recently, though it doesn't appear to be anything overly serious. He was able to take live batting practice with no issues Friday and is scheduled to play in a minor-league game Saturday. If everything goes as planned, Pearce will play in the team's exhibition series against the Cubs next week in an attempt to get ready for the start of the season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Chris Sale: Reaches extension with Red Sox
Sale is in agreement on a five-year extension with the Red Sox, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Sale is set to make his third consecutive Opening Day start for Boston and was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. According to Rosenthal, the deal is worth about $145 million and will put the left-hander under contract through 2024. Sale has a 2.56 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 13.2 K/9 over 59 starts since being acquired by the Red Sox prior to the 2017 season.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Steve Pearce: Hits in cage
Pearce (calf) hit in the batting cage Thursday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
The Red Sox had planned to have Pearce get at-bats in a minor-league game, but they apparently changed their thoughts on that. No decision has been made about his readiness for Opening Day.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Being shopped
The Red Sox are discussing possible trades of Leon, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports.
Leon is one of three catchers in camp, and the Red Sox said they don't plan to keep all three. This news means the team is expected to keep Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart as their catching tandem. This could have an impact on Boston's staff, which had a 3.38 ERA throwing to Leon compared with a 3.84 ERA throwing to Vazquez and a 5.32 ERA throwing to Swihart, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Darwinzon Hernandez: Issues three free passes
Hernandez turned in a scoreless inning of work but walked three batters Thursday.
Hernandez is fighting for one of the three remaining bullpen spots with the big-league club. While he has 12 strikeouts in 11 innings of work this spring, he has also issued eight free passes. Hernandez is just 22 years old and has pitched only five games above the Single-A level, so it's likely the team will opt to give him more time to develop in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Tyler Thornburg: Struggles with control
Thornburg didn't allow an earned run but walked three batters in one inning of work Thursday.
Thornburg has struggled for much of the spring, as indicated by his 10.50 ERA and 2.67 WHIP. He appeared to be trending in the right direction -- he had one walk in a scoreless outing in his last appearance -- but failed to build on that Thursday. Thornburg's rocky spring puts him on the roster bubble..... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's David Price: Will start Tuesday
Price (illness) is set to make his final exhibition start Tuesday against the Cubs, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
It's unclear how long Price's start will last, as he's thrown only three innings in formal game action this spring. He was scratched from his last start due to illness, but is ready to get back on the bump for his last tune-up. Price is likely to make his regular-season debut as the team's third or fourth starter.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Continues progress
Pedroia (knee) played six innings in the field and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored Thursday.
Pedroia is also set to play in two more spring training games, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. While it's already been announced that he will begin the season on the injured list, Pedroia continues to see game action while he makes progress toward a return to the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Jenrry Mejia: Could make Opening Day roster
Mejia could break camp on the big-league roster according to manager Alex Cora, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Mejia is attempting to make a comeback after being reinstated from his lifetime ban for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs on multiple occasions. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2015 but has a strong 9:2 K:BB in seven innings this spring. Boston's closer situation is in flux, so almost any reliever who makes the team has a shot to earn saves, though Mejia will have to prove he's back and effective before truly becoming a part of that conversation.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Eduardo Nunez: Shortstop fill-in
Nunez started at shortstop and went 0-for-3 in Wednesday's game against the Orioles.
Nunez, who didn't play shortstop last season, has made two Grapefruit League starts there and is feeling healthier this spring, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports. Nunez dealt with knee issues in 2018, which showed in his advanced fielding metrics (-14 DRS at second base, -4 at third). "He'll tell you last year was a challenge for him," said manager Alex Cora. "We saw it early. It got better with time but right now he feels good and wanted to play short before we break camp." Brock Holt could play short, too, but he'll be needed early in the season at second base until Dustin Pedroia (knee) is ready.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Bobby Poyner: Mops up win
Poyner allowed one hit while striking out three over two innings to earn the save Wednesday against Baltimore.
Poyner has not received much attention this spring as most of the bullpen focus has been on Boston's closer role. The 26-year-old left-hander still has options, which may be the deciding factor when it comes time to finalize the bullpen. If the Red Sox opt to keep eight relievers, Poyner could sneak in despite a 6.52 ERA over 9.2 spring innings.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Up to five innings
Porcello allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings Wednesday against the Orioles, Glenn Sattell of MLB.com reports.
Porcello was tagged for a leadoff home run by Baltimore's Cedric Mullins, then the right-hander settled in. "After that I felt great, everything was working well," Porcello said. "Had the opportunity to mix in some sequences and use everything. It was a good building block to keep moving forward." He exhibited good control -- 40 of his 58 pitches were strikes -- and was aided by a couple of double plays. Porcello is expected to make one more start before the regular season begins, either Monday or Tuesday in Arizona against the Cubs.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's David Price: Could start Tuesday
Price (illness) is tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday against the Cubs, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Price, who was scratched from his previous start due to an illness, is scheduled for an "aggressive bullpen" session Thursday. Depending on how the southpaw feels during Thursday's session, Price could opt to skip his final spring start and declare himself ready for the season. Either way, Price appears to be on track to start during the team's season-opening series against the Mariners.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's Steve Pearce: To get at-bats in minors game
Pearce (calf) will get some at-bats in a minor-league game Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Pearce left Sunday's game with a calf injury. The issue doesn't seem to be a significant one, and he should still have time to get ready for Opening Day provided his return to game action is free of setbacks.... See More ... See Less
Red Sox's David Price: Bullpen set for Thursday
Price (illness) will throw a bullpen session Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Price was scratched from his last start due to illness, and it remains unclear when he'll get back in game action. The veteran lefty has made just a single start this spring, as the Red Sox wanted to manage their starters' workloads following their World Series run. It doesn't sound like his availability for the Opening Day roster is in serious doubt.... See More ... See Less