OAKLAND -- As expected, Justin Germano joined the Red Sox Wednesday, taking the roster spot of Clayton Mortensen, who was optioned to Pawtucket late Tuesday night.
Germano, like Aaron Cook earlier this season, had an opt-out clause (July 1), which helped forced the Red Sox hand.
"I think (the opt-out) helped,'' said Germano. "It definitely put a little bit of pressure on them. I just kind of wanted to see where they were at, and if they felt they had a place for me and if they didn't, (I would have had) to look elsewhere to see if there's a better opportunity for me.''
Germano started for Pawtucket and compiled a 9-4 mark with a 2.40 ERA in 17 games, all but one of them starts.
"He was the best pitcher on their staff down there,'' said Bobby Valentine, "giving six or seven innings every time he goes out. I guess I'll use him as a long man.''
"I've been extremely happy (with the way I've pitched),'' Germano said. "This game's all about being consistent and I've been able to string together 15-16 consistent starts. I've had a couple of rough ones, but I've been able to bounce back. All I really try to do is stay on that even plain.''
Germano last pitched Saturday, and is available to pitch Wednesday.
"I assume I would be a bullpen option for now,'' he said. "We'll see what happens somewhere down the road. I've gotten accustomed to (pitching in relief) the last couple of years with Cleveland, so I think it will be easy to adapt back to that.''
Right-handed hitting Chris Young gets the start in left field against left-hander Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47 ERA) and Ryan Hanigan catchers knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the White Sox tonight in Chicago.
The White Sox have the best record in the American League at 18-8. The Red Sox (15-10) have moved into first-place in the A.L. East after a three-game sweep of the Yankees.
The full lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Steven Wright RHP
Adam Eaton RF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Jose Abreau 1B
Todd Frazier 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Jerry Sands DH
Dioner Navarro C
Austin Jackson CF
As expected. the left shoulder surgery that Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had Tuesday will keep him out for the rest of the season and Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports it was “complicated.”
Here's the official announcement from the Red Sox:
The Boston Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder today. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery this morning in Pensacola, FL.
Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and it is anticipated that he will make a full recovery in advance of the 2017 season.
It remains to be seen if we’ve seen the last of Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform, but even after his recovery, as he collects a $17 million salary for this season, there’s still the matter of the final three years of his deal (2017, 2018, 2019) with $54.6 million remaining. Could be hard to find takers for that.
In episode 9 of "The Baseball Show" podcast, Sean McAdam talks with Boston Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy about a wide range of issues, including the pressure to win this season after two straight last place finishes, the long-term future of Fenway Park, increasing revenue with other events, and changing the schedule early in the season for more games played in better weather.
McAdam also talks about recent MLB suspensions for PED's of Chris Collabello of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins. Should teams pay a penalty for their players' actions? Are suspensions too long?