ANAHEIM -- Major league rosters expand Saturday, and manager Bobby Valentine expects his injury-depleted club will be getting some reinforcements then.
"There hasn't been a formal discussion about that,'' said Valentine. "But I would think we'll need another catcher, some relief help, and anybody that Ben (Cherington) feels might be benefit from being here in September. And, obviously, we need another outfielder. Hell, for that matter, we can use another infielder.''
Valentine also expects that Rich Hill, who has been on a rehab assignment from a forearm injury for the past few weeks, will rejoin the team Saturday. The hope is that Scott Atchison, also sidelined with a forearm injury, can return, also.
If Valentine wants a catcher, he may be out of luck as the main catcher in Pawtucket is Dan Butler, who's not on the 40-manroster.
Others who could be promoted: outfieler Che-Hsuan Lin, infielder Danny Valencia and pitcher Pedro Beato.
To make room for the activation of starting pitcher Zach Stewart, the Red Sox Wednesday optioned pitcher Clayton Mortensento Double A Portland.
The reason Mortensen was optioned to Portland is because their season ends sooner than Pawtucket's and this proceduralmove allows Mortensen to return Monday, when Portland's season is completed.
Otherwise, Mortensen would have to remain in the minors for a minimum of ten days.
Valentine took exception to a reporter who asked if he had reviewed videotape of Alfredo Aceves nicking Angels infield Erick Aybar in the knee in the ninth inning Tuesday.
"You know, I'm sick of people asking me whether or not we saw anything from the dugout,'' he said, "and whether or not theumpires get the call right. Their job is to get the call right. Simple!
"If they don't get it right, that's not the players' fault for not arguing it. It's not the people in the dugout's fault for not seeing it from 80 feet away. They had a job to do. Just do it, I think. But I really am sick of talking about that stuff.
"If they can't do their job and get it right, then you reporters all change the system.''
Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”