Beckett: Varitek will be missed


Beckett: Varitek will be missed

On Friday, Tim Wakefield announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Wakefield was a huge part of the Red Sox organization, having been with the team for 17 season.

But another player's retirement may come on the heels of Wakefield's.

It's pretty much understood that there won't be a spot for Jason Varitek on this season's Sox team. The Sox have offered him an invite to camp, but with nothing more than a non-guaranteed minor league contract. With that, there have been talks about when, not if, Varitek will part ways with the Sox -- retirement or not.

Varitek has been the captain of the Sox for some time now -- the eyes behind the plate to so many memorable pitching performances, including no-hitters, one-hitters, countless shutouts, postseason wins, and two World Series championships. He will be remembered by Red Sox Nation for what he once was as a player -- not for what he has become. And his teammates, like Josh Beckett, will really miss him.

"I don't think you're going to find anybody in there that's played with Vartek that's going to say they're not going to miss him," Beckett said. "And likewise for Tim Wakefield.

" if Tek doesn't come back he's going to be missed severely," Beckett said. "Both in the clubhouse and out in the field. For me, I won't say especially, but for me for sure."

Varitek has been Beckett's exclusive catcher since Beckett joined the team. Now, he has to find his comfort zone with Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

"I think a lot of it just goes with the dialogue that I'm having with a couple of the guys right now," Beckett said. "Salty's caught me a couple times, and we're kind of relaying things to each other what he's seeing. And that was something that Tek was so good at, just reinforcing something whether I knew it or if I didn't know it he would come out and tell me, 'Hey this is what you're doing, you're getting around the ball,' whatever, just trying to get those guys to see the same things that he saw."

Saltalamacchia may never be the game-caller that Varitek was, but there's no reason to believe he and Beckett can't get on the same page and make it work.

Red Sox place Chris Young on DL, recall Bryce Brentz


Red Sox place Chris Young on DL, recall Bryce Brentz

To no one's surprise, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Chris Young -- who collapsed Thursday on the basepaths after suffering a severe right hamstring strain and had to be helped off the field -- on the 15-day disabled list.

The team recalled outfielder Bryce Brentz from Pawtucket as a replacement. Brentz will be with the Sox tonight in Texas when they open a six-game road trip.

Young had taken over as the Sox' everyday left fielder after a concussion forced Brock Holt to the DL, and was hitting .277 with 6 home runs and 15 RBI in 130 at-bats. He had played so well that manager John Farrell talked of moving Holt back to his infield-outfield, super-utility role when he returns and giving Young a large portion of the playing time in left.

Now, however, he appears to be facing a lengthy absence and Holt, who's been on a rehab assignment with the PawSox, may once again take over as the primary left fielder.

Brentz, who last played for in the Red Sox in September 2014, played 12 games at Double-A Portland this year before being sent back to Pawtucket. He has a combined average of .261 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI in 184 at-bats. Brentz was the Red Sox' No. 1 draft choice in 2010.