FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Three Red Sox players -- prospect Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands); Alfredo Aceves (Mexico) and Shane Victorino (U.S.A.) -- will take part in the World Baseball Classic, meaning they'll only be in camp for a few weeks before leaving for WBC camps.
Bogaerts won't break camp with the team, and Aceves, having spent the last two seasons with the Sox, is familiar to the team. But there are challenges in not having Victorino, signed to a three-year deal in December, with his new team for the whole spring.
"In Shane's case, we're going to have 12-14 days max," said John Farrell. "The time he and Jacoby (Ellsbury) spent in the outfield together is going to be critical. Their understanding of how much range each has and their communication with Shane moving to right field full-time, that time they do have in camp will be critical as far as the reps together.
"Time missed can't be made up. We know it. Shane and I have talked about this. I know (USA manager) Joe Torre has guaranteed him a certain amount of at-bats. But as far as getting acclimated here, we're (talking about) three weeks max that he can miss. Every time, we have the opportunity to have he and Jacoby in the outfield, that to me is the focal point."
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.
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.
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
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
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.