Ortiz 'frustrated' to finish season on DL


Ortiz 'frustrated' to finish season on DL

BOSTON -- The Red Sox will play their final home game of the season Wednesday night, then go on the road for their final six games of the 2012 schedule.
David Ortiz will be there for all seven games, but won't play in any of them, thanks to an Achilles heel injury which has sidelined him for allbut one game over the final two and a half months.
And that, Ortiz said, is a frustrating way to end a frustrating season.
"Definitely,'' said Ortiz. "It's been a crazy year. Very frustrating. Trust me, it's one of those years where you take it like a man.''
This marks the third straight season in which the Sox have failed to make the playoffs, but that hasn't prevented Fenway from being sold out every night.
"We always want to thank the fans for their support,'' Ortiz said. "I sit down and look at the stadium during the game and see how supportive the fans still are. That's something I'm always going to respect.''
Ortiz himself is a free agent this winter and hopes something can be worked out with the Sox.
"I'm planning on finishing my career here,'' he said. "I would like to not be packing to go home at this time. Right now, I'm feeling pretty good about my injury. I feel like there's still something I have to prove. The thing I keep in mind is (we have) to play better and put ourselves in a better situation for the year to come and I would like to be part of it.''
Last off-season, when Ortiz accepted salary arbitration, he didn't have an agreement in place until just before the arbitration hearing in January. This time, he'd like a quick resolution.
"Of course,'' he said. "That's something at some point we're going to have to deal with. We really haven't (had any talks yet).''
Ortiz has faith in the front office and ownership that the Sox can turn things around in relatively quick fashion.
"I think every human being learns from their mistakes,'' he said. "A lot of things that happened this year carried over from last year, that I think a lot of people are going to make better decisions about what they do to have us have be a better ballclub next year. I'm pretty sure our owners and pretty much everybody is going to have a better (idea) about how we can correct this year.''
The veteran DH is energized by some of the team's younger players, citing Junichi Tazawa ("unbelievable... very impressive''); Will Middlebrooks ("legit... showed everybody what he's got'') and Pedro Ciriaco ("amazing... a lot of talent'') as building blocks around which the Sox can build.

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Pomeranz gives up three runs in Red Sox loss to Blue Jays

Starter Drew Pomeranz gives up three runs on five hits in four innings of work in the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday.

Lou Merloni breaks down Pomeranz's start and explains why he should be in the starting rotation to begin the season.

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

Sox' lack of homegrown starters an understandable problem to Yanks' Cashman

The dearth of homegrown starting pitching for the Red Sox is talked about almost as much as every Tom Brady post on Instagram.

Red Sox fans may take some solace in knowing their team isn’t the only one dealing with this problem.

In an interview with MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn’t talk about his team’s pitching problems in context of the Red Sox. But the explanation the longtime Yanks boss offered should sound familiar. 

In the biggest of markets, time to develop properly is scarce.

“Yeah. It's a fact,” Cashman said when asked if criticism of their pitching development was fair. “I think part of the process has been certainly where we draft. Because we've had a lot of success, we've not been allowed to tank and go off the board and therefore get access to some of the high-end stuff that plays out to be impactful. Part of it is we can't get out of our own way because we don't have the patience to let guys finish off their development, because if you possess some unique ability that stands out above everybody else -- whether it was Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, now [Luis] Severino and before that [Bryan] Mitchell and Shane Greene -- we're pulling them up before their development is finished.

“Teams like Tampa Bay, for instance, they're going to wait until they have their four pitches down and their innings limits are all exceeded at the minor-league level; they're very disciplined in that approach as they finish off their starters. For us, if I'm looking at my owner and he says, ‘What's our best team we can take north?’ 

“Well, ‘We could take this guy; he's not necessarily 100 percent finished off, but we can stick him in our 'pen. He can be in the back end of our rotation, because he's better than some of the guys we already have,’ and then you cut corners, so I think that probably plays a role in it.”

Not everything is circumstantial, though -- or a deflection. 

“And sometimes we don't make the right decisions, either, when we're making draft selections and signings and stuff like that,” Cashman continued. “On top of it all, playing in New York is a lot different than playing anywhere else.”

We’ve heard that last part about Boston too, here and there.

Cashman was complimentary of his current Sox counterpart, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, whose team Cashman has compared to the Golden State Warriors.

On his feelings when he first heard the Sox were getting Chris Sale:

“When that trade was consummated, that was the first thing I thought about, which was, 'Wow, look at what they've done,' ” Cashman said. “I know how it's going to play out for them. Listen, Steve Kerr does a great job managing that team -- oh, I mean John Farrell. It's a lot of talent and with talent comes pressure to perform. I think Dave Dombrowski has done everything he possibly can to provide that city with a world championship team. They've got 162 games to show it.”