A look at the Red Sox minor league award winners

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A look at the Red Sox minor league award winners

BOSTON -- The Red Sox recently announced their 2012 minor league award winners.
Right-hander Brandon Workman was named pitcher of the year.Anytime you can have a good year and have consistently good outings it builds your confidence as you go throughout the year and it makes it easier to go out and do it again next time, Workman said.Its a huge honor. Having a good seasons great but then to be recognized by the organization is a huge honor.And reaching the major leagues?Thats kind of out of my hands, he said. Game plan is to go out there and try to throw the best that I can every time I go out there and everything else will take care of itself.Outfielder Jackie Bradley was named defensive player of the year.I stayed healthy, Bradley said of his season. That was pretty much what I wanted to do. I didn't really have any expectations going into the season. My expectation was to stay healthy and play as well as I can. It was an alright season, a good season and Ill try to reap the benefits later.Bradley could be on the major league horizon fairly soon.I like that plan, he said. Its always good hearing that, but Im going to continue to work hard. I feel like I got a long way to go and try to get better every day.Shortstop Xander Bogaerts was named offensive player of the year.It was a learning experience for me, Bogaerts said. Going through struggles and going through slumps and stuff. Its all part of baseball.This game is about the mental part. You can be physically good but you need to be strong mentally, so got to keep focused and keep doing the best you can.Third baseman Garin Cecchini is the base runner of the year. He had 51 stolen bases in 57 attempts this season, an impressive 89 percent success rate, for Greenville this season.I was at 49 the last game and I stole four times and got caught twice, he said. I wanted to get to 50. It was one of my goals that I kind of set in my head. Didnt say anything about it and obviously I got there so it was good. Got to 50 and then 51 so its fine. Next year well get the percentage.I feel like Ive developed so much since Feb. 22 when I reported to spring and thats the biggest key. You want to be in the big leagues. You dont want to be in Greenville, South Carolina your whole life. You want to be at Fenway Park and help the Red Sox win. So thats my goal.Right-hander Keivin Heras and outfielder Manuel Margot are the Latin Program pitcher and player of the year, respectively.Outfielder Daniel Nava received the Lou Gorman Award for dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles to reach the majors leagues.

Good news for Benintendi: Just a sprain, and he may return this year

Good news for Benintendi: Just a sprain, and he may return this year

BOSTON -- The news was about as good as it could be -- under the circumstances -- for rookie outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

Benintendi underwent a second round of tests and examinations Friday, which revealed he is only dealing with a sprained left knee. The tests found no structural damage to the knee, and the ACL remains intact.

"When you think back and look at the video,'' said manager John Farrell, "this could have been much, much worse.''

Benintendi injured the knee Wednesday night at Tropicana Field when he attempted to return to second base after breaking for third on a grounder to shortstop, and had the knee buckle on him.

He had to be helped off the field and, initially, it was feared Benintendi had suffered a more severe knee injury, one that would require a surgical procedure.

"I'm definitely fortunate,'' said Beintendi. "It looked a lot worse than it actually was. It's unfortunate it happened and I'll try to get as healthy as possible as quickly as I can.''

"We're lucky that the ACL is not involved,'' said Farrell. "We're still optimistic that he could return this season.''

Benintendi was placed on the disabled list Thursday and will be lost to the team for at least the next two weeks, and likely longer.

"It's an interruption,'' acknowledged Farrell. "His production has been apparent, on both sides of the baseball. He's had an impact. So we're going to miss him. But at the same time, I think we've gotten a lot of good news here today that, despite the injury and the DL stint, there's optimism in this and that's in his return sometime this season.

"He'll be back as (soon as) available, and optimistically, we're thinking that could still be the regular season.'' Farrell praised Benintendi for being a "complete player.''

Benitendi was walking without a limp, though he was wearing a brace on the knee for additional support.

"He's actually feeling better today than [Thursday],'' said Farrell. "He's improved. This is going to take a little time. Obviously, it's going to take 15 days at a minimum. What further time is needed remains to be seen. But today was some good news -- (especially considering) what could have been.''

"At the time,'' added Benintendi, "I was nervous and didn't know what to expect.''