Red Sox injury updates on Cook, Ellsbury


Red Sox injury updates on Cook, Ellsbury

BOSTON Right-hander Aaron Cook, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after being spiked just below his left knee in his only start this season, is progressing.

Cook went on the DL on May 6, a day after going just 2 23 innings in a loss to the Orioles. Attempting to cover the plate on a passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Cooks knee came down on Chris Davis spike, opening a gash that required 11 stitches.

Manager Bobby Valentine said before Mondays series opener with the Mariners, Cook is pretty good.

Hes thrown. He still has the stitches in there but hes kept his arm in good shape,. And were trying to simulate some throwing so he throws and sits down, throws and sits down. So when it is time for him to pitch again he doesnt have to start from the 2-inning stint. He might be able to throw five innings, have his arm built up to that 70-pitch, or 75-pitch barrier.

Valentine was unsure if Cook would need a rehab start at this point.

Jacoby Ellsbury was transferred to the 60-day DL on Sunday to make room on the 40-man roster for first baseman Mauro Gomez, who made his major league debut.

Ellsbury was initially placed on the DL on April 14 with a right shoulder subluxation. He would be eligible to be activated June 12.

He just looked good in the weight room, Valentine said. He looks good in the training room. Now I havent see him on that field of dreams out there where its all green and he looks so natural but he hasnt had any setbacks. He has almost full range of motion, his strength is building, so its all good. His agility and his cardio, he's worked really hard on those things, and his legs.

I dont have a best case for you. Being on the 60-day disabled list we can start counting days for the best case, but its going to be after that.

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.