Hill (elbow) to be examined on Monday


Hill (elbow) to be examined on Monday

BOSTON A year and a day after Tommy John surgery, left-hander Rich Hill has been placed on the disabled list with tightness in his left elbow.

In the Red Sox clubhouse early Sunday morning, Hill said that on Monday he was going to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on June 9, 2011.

Rich Hill had a little tightness in his elbow and because of the situation thats hes dealing with in the first year of his rehabilitation were going to have him go back to Dr. Andrews, the doctor who performed the operation, to get his opinion on why he has that tightness, manager Bobby Valentine said.

He just doesnt feel that good throwing his curveball. And hopefully it'll come back as kind of an SOP standard operating procedure, that this is the way things happen as you recover from Tommy John.

Hes off the roster so hes on the disabled list for two weeks. Mark Melancon, whos just been lights out at Triple A is up, taking his spot in the bullpen.

Valentine said the issue with Hills elbow first cropped up about three weeks ago, then subsided. But, after Hills latest outing one inning against the Nationals on Friday night, when he faced four batters, gave up two hits with one strikeout the problem flared. Before that, he had not pitched since June 3 in Toronto, one inning facing four batters with two hits and a strikeout.

He said about three weeks ago it bothered him a little and then it went away and no problem, Valentine said. I heard about it one of those days where I didnt use him for three days and then he said he was fine. Then I think it was about five days since he was in a game the other day and in that game he threw those four curve balls to Washingtons Bryce Harper. Just didn't feel great about it.

Valentine, who said Hill has undergone some tests that were OK, said he did not notice a difference in the way Hill was throwing.

I didnt think he was throwing much different, Valentine said. I think his curveball just didn't have the same late break, but I dont know if thats elbow-related.

In 17 appearances, spanning 13 23 innings, Hill has a record of 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA. He has allowed 12 hits with seven walks, giving up four runs, with 11 strikeouts.

Hills absence leaves two lefties in the bullpen, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, who had recently been getting stretched out (7 13 innings in his last two appearances) in case the Sox need an emergency spot starter. Valentine said that plan could be affected now. He would not consider using Vicente Padilla in a long role.

Absolutely not, Valentine said. I mean, he probably could but I wouldnt consider that, not at this time. Much too valuable in the role hes had.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.