BOSTON – With rosters set to expand Sunday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team will likely bring up three or four players then, and then the rest of the call-ups at the end of Triple-A Pawtucket’s play-off fun.
“I think initially we’ll look to add certain positions: a pitcher, a catcher, probably an infielder,” Farrell said. “Names attached to those positions are coming shortly.”
* The deadline to add players to the organization and have them available for the postseason is midnight tonight. Farrell said he is “very comfortable” with his roster as is.
“We’ve made just a couple of additions since right prior to the trading deadline and we’ve continued to perform well as a team and don’t expect that to be any different going forward,” Farrell said.
* Right-hander Clay Buchholz made his second rehab start Friday, going 3 1/3 innings for Pawtucket. He threw 53 pitches, 34 strikes, giving up one run on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
“He got better with each inning pitched,” Farrell said. “Happened to watch the first inning before our game got started. He had to make some pitches to get out of the first inning, which he did…it was good to see the velocity pick up and the crispness to the action on his secondary stuff, particularly his changeup and his cutter.
Farrell was pleasantly surprised to see Buchholz in the Sox dugout at Fenway after his outing in Pawtucket.
“That’s a good question. I sure as hell don’t know,” Farrell quipped when asked how Buchholz got to Fenway so fast.
Buchholz is scheduled for one more rehab start Wednesday with Pawtucket. After that, the Sox will reevaluate his status. He is expected to throw about 70 pitches then.
* Mike Carp, who has been sidelined by a sore left shoulder, is available off the bench tonight.
* After snapping an 0-for-23 slide with a two-run single on Friday, David Ortiz is now six hits shy of the 2,000 mark for his career.
* Right-hander Daniel Bard has joined Low-A Lowell. The Spinners’ regular season goes through Wednesday.
“To keep him active and still provide opportunities to see what might unfold over the next, there’s only three or four days left here,” Farrell said of the plan for Bard. “He’s willing to do it and wanting to do it, and we don’t want to take that motivation away from him.”
* Farrell likes what he has seen at the plate from Will Middlebrooks since he was called up on Aug. 10. In that time Middlebrooks is batting .345, going 19-for-55, with three doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI, with hits in 14 of 17 games.
“There’s two things at play here,” Farrell said. “One is he’s seeing the ball better with a little bit more of a squared stance at the plate. And I think he’s more at ease in the box, where he’s not over-aggressive to try to make up for a previous at-bat, which says there’s more of a confident hitter at the plate.”
* The Sox are tied with Kansas City for the American League lead with 20 wins in their last at-bat of a game. They lead the AL and are tied for the major league lead with 11 walk-off wins, their most in a season since 1978. The last season in which the Sox had more walk-off wins was 1916 with 12.
* With their win Friday the PawSox clinched the Triple-A North division. This is Pawtucket’s third straight trip to the playoffs. High-Salem has also clinched a play-off spot.