This hit sends Sweeney from deal to DL


This hit sends Sweeney from deal to DL

BOSTON Right fielder Ryan Sweeney was replaced by Cody Ross in the top of the ninth inning of Mondays win over the Tigers.

The move ignited speculation that Sweeney had been traded. The Reds were one of the teams reported to have been interested in him.

Instead, Sweeney is unlikely to be going anywhere except, for X-rays on Tuesday, followed by another trip to the disabled list. A baseball source indicated it is likely Sweeney will have to be placed on the DL.

Sweeney was removed from the game after he punched a door in the dugout following his last at-bat, a groundout for the first out of the eighth inning. Sweeney, batting .260, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the Red Sox's 7-3 victory over the Tigers.

I was frustrated and I hit the door coming down and just couldnt throw the ball, said Sweeney, standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse after the game.

I just came down, walked down the stairs, and kind of punched the door a little bit, which I've done before but maybe not to this extent.

Sweeney said he wasnt sure of the severity of the injury, which he said affected the pinkie knuckle on left throwing hand.

I dont know, he said. I never broke my hand before so I dont know what that feels like. I know it hurts a little bit right now.

After the game, manager Bobby Valentine said the injury would likely affect Sweeney for several days.

Sweeney has already had two DL stints this season. He missed six games from May 21 28, when he was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. He missed 18 games from June 17 July 7 with inflammation in his left big toe.

The frustration is huge, Sweeney said. I feel like I just let the team down. I feel terrible right now. Obviously when you hit something and you just have so much adrenaline going and you dont know what happened. So, afterwards, it just hurt a little bit.

Who's on first for Red Sox? It may be not someone you'd expect

Who's on first for Red Sox? It may be not someone you'd expect

Who’s on first? A middle infielder, maybe.

Hanley Ramirez, Josh Rutledge and Mitch Moreland aren't fully healthy. So the 25th man on the Red Sox has become a matter of corner-infield triage.

Rutledge was gearing up to play some first base with Ramirez restricted to DH because of his throwing shoulder. But Rutledge is hurt now too, likely headed to the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning in Florida.

Here’s the easiest way to think about who takes Rutledge's place: Who would the Red Sox like to see less against left handed pitching, third baseman Pablo Sandoval or first baseman Mitch Moreland? 

If it’s Sandoval, then you carry Marco Hernandez, who can play third base.

“He’s a very strong candidate,” manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida on Wednesday. “He’s one of a few that are being considered strongly right now.” 

If it’s Moreland, than you carry Steve Selsky, who has a history playing first base.

“He’s a guy we’re having discussions on,” Farrell said. “Any guy in our camp that we feel is going to make us a more complete or balanced roster, Deven Marrero, they’re all in consideration.”

The additional wrench here is that Moreland has the flu. If he's not available at all for a few days to begin the season, then the Sox probably have to carry Hernandez.

Why? Because Brock Holt can play some first base if Moreland is out. But then, you’d need another back-up middle infielder, and Hernandez gives you that. 

Hernandez is also hitting .379 in 58 at-bats this spring entering Wednesday.

Moreland isn’t the only one who has the flu.

"It’s running through our clubhouse," Sox manager John Farrell told reporters in Florida on Wednesday, including the Providence Journal’s Tim Britton. "Probably be held out for three days for a quarantine.” (LINK:

That means the Red Sox won't have Moreland for their exhibitions against the Nationals on Friday and Saturday in Washington D.C. and Annapolis, Md. Moreland could still be ready for the regular season, but would likely be at less than full strength.

Having Ramirez available would sure make things a lot simpler for the Sox.

Both Sandoval at third base and Moreland could use right-handed bats to complement them. Or more specifically, they could use people who can hit left-handed pitching to complement them.

Hernandez is a left-handed hitter who might actually be able to hit lefties. But the Sox haven't used him at first base, and there's no indication they will.

“As we look at the upcoming games, there is the potential for two left-handed starters in Detroit,” Farrell said. “So there’s a number of things being factored right now.”

Early in spring training, Farrell was asked what player had started to catch his eye.

The guy he mentioned was Selsky, an outfielder and first baseman the Red Sox feel fortunate to have picked up off waivers because he still has minor league options remaining.

Now Selsky, who has already technically been cut from major league spring training, has a chance at making the opening day roster. He's 27 and hit .356 in 45 Grapefruit League at-bats.

Chris Young isn't going to have an easy time finding at-bats as it stands now, but the Sox aren't considering moving him to first base.

Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win


Betts and Bradley Jr. combine for seven RBI, Red Sox roll to 9-2 win

The Boston Red Sox put up six runs in the first inning and coasted to a 9-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. led the way for the Red Sox with four and three RBI respectfully. Both outfielders had two-run home runs in the Sox’ big first inning.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright gave up one earned run in four innings, his ERA for the spring is now 0.68.

The Red Sox are back in action again on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m when Rick Porcello makes his final spring training start against the Minnesota Twins.