Red Sox add David Carpenter in deal that brings in Farrell


Red Sox add David Carpenter in deal that brings in Farrell

In addition to acquiring John Farrell from the Blue Jays to be their 46th manager, the Red Sox also acquired righthander David Carpenter from Toronto.

Carpenter, who turned 27 in July, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in 2006 out of West Virginia University as a catcher before converting to pitching in 2008. He was traded to Houston in August 2010, and from Houston to Toronto in July as part of a 10-player deal.

He made his big league debut in 2011. In 67 major league games, spanning 60 innings, all in relief, between the Astros and Jays, Carpenter has posted a combined record of 1-5 with a 5.70 ERA and one save.

In 2012, he made nine major league appearances, eight with the Astros, one with the Jays, posting a combined record of 0-2 with an 8.07 ERA, giving up 29 earned runs in 32 13 innings. He made 23 minor league appearances last season between Houstons and Torontos Triple-A teams, both in the Pacific Coast League, going 1-1, with a 3.08 ERA and four saves, spanning 26 13 innings.

Hes a guy thats got a really good arm, he just doesnt know how to pitch yet, said one evaluator. In the Houston organization, a guy with a good arm, he was rushed through the system. And he just has to learn how to pitch. Hes not that young of a guy but he is to pitching. And hes still learning how to pitch. But, he throws about 94 to 97 mph. So his velocity is alright.

Brad Mills, the former Red Sox bench coach, was the Astros manager while Carpenter was in the organization.

Hes a great kid, hard worker. Hell do anything you want, Mills said. He just needs more time. Hes a guy that has a lot of potential. I like David.

In a conference call Sunday afternoon, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Carpenter likely would have been taken off their 40-man roster.

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

CHESNUT HILL -- The Red Sox Rookie Development Program is designed to help young players prepare for what playing at the major-league level is like,. That can be valuable for a prospect like Rafael Devers, who hasn’t even made it to Double-A.

But of the eight-man cast at the workout this year, there’s one guy who actually has major-league experience.

Robby Scott joined the Red Sox as a September call-up last season and turned some heads, holding opponents scoreless over six innings of work.

Now the lefty is back working with younger guys to prepare himself for spring training -- something he’s itching to get started.

“It’s one thing that we always talk about,” the left-handed reliever told “It’s a tough road to get there, but it’s an even tougher and harder road to stay there. And having that taste in September last year was incredible to be a part of it.”

That taste Scott had last fall has only made the desire to rejoin Boston greater.

“Yeah, because now you know what it’s like,” Scott said “You see it and you’re there and you’re a part of it. And it’s like, ‘Man, I wanna be there.’ You’re a little bit more hungry.”

And his hunger to pitch with the Red Sox only becomes greater at an event like this where he’s the only one with MLB time.

“They ask on a consistent basis,” Scott started, “ ‘What’s it like?’ ‘What was it like getting there the first day?’ ‘How did the guys react?’ ‘What was it like dealing with the media?’

“That’s what this program is here for, just to kind of gives these guys a little taste of what it is like and get familiar with the circumstances.

While the experience and constant discussion invites players to try to do more in the offseason or change their routine, the 27-year-old has stayed the course, trusting what’s gotten him there.

“The offseason training stays the same, nothing really changes on that side of things,” Scott said. “Nothing changes. Go about my business the way I have the last six, seven years.”

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

CHESNUT HILL -- Kyle Schwarber made his triumphant return to the Cubs lineup in the 2016 World Series after missing the regular season with a torn ACL. Only months after the Cubs outfielder tore his ACL, Schwarber’s teammate from Indiana University -- and Red Sox prospect -- Sam Travis suffered the very same injury, missing the end of 2016.

“I actually talked to [Schwarber] quite a bit,” Travis said following the group training session. “He was one step ahead of me at all times . . . He gave me the lowdown, told me that it was like.

“With this kind of injury and the activity we do on a daily basis, it’s going to be something you take care of the rest of your life. Whether it’s treatment or the training room, you’re going to get to 100 percent. But you’re still going to have to take care of it."

Now the first baseman is back on his feet and was even healthy enough to join his teammates in lateral movement drills at the Red Sox rookie development program at Boston College.

If you didn’t know any better while watching him, you’d think the injury never happened. And that’s how Travis is approaching it.

“Not at all [worried about it],” Travis told “It’s one of those things you kind of pretend it’s just like your normal knee. You don’t do anything different because that may injury something else. You don’t want to try to prevent something from happening because you my pull your hip or something like that.

“You’ve just gotta go about it and trust yourself.”

That’s a great sign for Travis in his climb to joining the big league club. Getting over the physical portion of an injury takes time, but there’s usually a proven system set in place.

The mental side is another animal entirely and varies from player to player.

Luckily for the Red Sox, Travis doesn’t overthink much of anything.

“Nah, I’m a pretty simple guy,” he said.