Red Sox add David Carpenter in deal that brings in Farrell

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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.

Report: Red Sox have inquired about trades for Braves’ pitchers

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Report: Red Sox have inquired about trades for Braves’ pitchers

While the Red Sox have inquired about both Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino from the Atlanta Braves, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported, although Braves GM John Coppolella said he doesn’t see them trading Teheran.

In a Twitter chat with fans, Coppolella didn’t said he didn’t see the Braves parting with Teheran.

On MLB Network Radio, Bowden, a former major league GM, said Atlanta is interested Red Sox top prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, who naturally Boston would be very reluctant to part with.  

Teheran, a right-handed starter, is 3-7 but with a 2.66 ERA and Vizcaino, a right-handed reliever, is 1-2 with a 2.01 ERA  and 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings for the Braves, who are in last place in the National League East. 

 

Friday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Brentz starts in LF

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Friday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Brentz starts in LF

It won’t take long for Bryce Brentz to get used to the major leagues again. Called up Friday after Chris Young was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Brentz gets the start in left field as the Red Sox open a three-game series tonight against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas (8:05 p.m.). 

Brentz, 27, who was hitting .278 with three homers and 17 RBI at Pawtucket, will make his first major league appearance since 2014 and bat seventh against Texas left-hander Nick Martinez (1-1, 5.14 ERA).  David Price starts (8-4, 4.24) starts for Boston. 

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Christian Vazquez C

David Price LHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ryan Rua LF
Prince Fielder DH
Elvis Andrus SS
Roughned Odor 2B
Jurickson Profar 1B
Bobby Wilson C

Nick Martinez LHP
 

Red Sox place Chris Young on DL, recall Bryce Brentz

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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.