BOSTON -- As of Monday, designated hitter David Ortiz was the only Red Sox player that led the All-Star voting for his respective position.
But don't ask Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine to break down the All-Star Game selection process, which, for the starters, ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Valentine says he no longer knows anything about that selection process. And he also doesn't have any idea as to who is leading what category.
But based on a previous experience in which he managed the 2001 National League All-Stars in Seattle, Valentine doesn't think the managers should have any say in the reserves, once the fans vote in the starters.
"I had an All-Star game in Seattle, where, it was the most difficult six weeks of my life, prior to that All-Star Game, trying to pick that team," said Valentine. "And a lot of the burden was on the manager, for the extra players.
"I don't think the manager should have to deal with that."
Valentine said he's never received a call from an All-Star Game manager, regarding advice on which players to choose. But it was something he did when he got the chance.
"I happened to call every manager," said Valentine. "I managed for 16 years and I never got called by another manager. I called every manager. I got their opinions, and even selected people because of their opinions, as a deciding vote."
The Red Sox get a much needed boost to their bullpen as they begin their road trip through Chicago and New York. They have activated right-handed pitcher Carson Smith off the disabled list.
Smith was placed on the 15-day DL on April 3 (retroactive to March 25) with a right flexor strain suffered in spring training. He made two rehab appearances with the Portland Sea Dogs, retiring all five batters over 1.2 innings of work, striking out two in the process.
This is Smith’s first season with the Red Sox after being acquired in a traded with the Seattle Mariners in December.
In 79 major league games from 2014-15, the right-hander went 3-5 with 13 saves, a 2.07 ERA (18 ER), and 102 strikeouts in 78.1 innings pitched (11.7 SO/9.0 IP). Smith set Mariners reliever records for the most scoreless appearances (20) and most scoreless innings (19.1) to begin a major league career.
To make room on the 25-man roster, infielder Marco Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket following Sunday night’s game against the New York Yankees.
Right-handed hitting Chris Young gets the start in left field against left-hander Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47 ERA) and Ryan Hanigan catchers knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2, 1.37) as the Red Sox open a three-game series against the White Sox tonight in Chicago.
The White Sox have the best record in the American League at 18-8. The Red Sox (15-10) have moved into first-place in the A.L. East after a three-game sweep of the Yankees.
The full lineups:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Steven Wright RHP
Adam Eaton RF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Jose Abreau 1B
Todd Frazier 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Jerry Sands DH
Dioner Navarro C
Austin Jackson CF
As expected. the left shoulder surgery that Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had Tuesday will keep him out for the rest of the season and Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports it was “complicated.”
Here's the official announcement from the Red Sox:
The Boston Red Sox announced that third baseman Pablo Sandoval underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder today. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery this morning in Pensacola, FL.
Sandoval is expected to miss the remainder of the 2016 season, and it is anticipated that he will make a full recovery in advance of the 2017 season.
It remains to be seen if we’ve seen the last of Sandoval in a Red Sox uniform, but even after his recovery, as he collects a $17 million salary for this season, there’s still the matter of the final three years of his deal (2017, 2018, 2019) with $54.6 million remaining. Could be hard to find takers for that.