Red Sox notes: Iglesias joining Sox, may play Sunday

191542.jpg

Red Sox notes: Iglesias joining Sox, may play Sunday

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Jose Iglesias, the Red Sox' highly touted shortstop prospect, is on his way to Boston and may make his major-league debut Sunday.

According to a source, the Sox are likely to place Marco Scutaro on the disabled list. Scutaro -- who had to leave Saturday's game in the eighth inning -- told WEEI.com he is suffering from a "left-side injury."

"I dont know," he said when asked about the nature of the injury, which he said he suffered on Friday night. "Well find out Sunday, when an MRI is taken."

Iglesias reportedly will take Scutaro's roster spot.

Iglesias' defensive skills are said to be major-league caliber; the questions are whether or not he can yet contribute offensively in the big leagues. Early returns from his first season at Triple-A Pawtucket reinforce those doubts.

He's hitting .253 in 24 games for the PawSox this year, and all of his 22 hits have been singles. And he's also only walked twice, giving him a .278 on-base percentage.

Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Twins snapped a three-game losing streak for the Sox that began with the 13-inning loss to the Angels WednesdayThursday. In that stretch they had been outscored 25-5.

It is the Sox fourth shutout of the season. It's the most shutouts they've had through the first 33 games of a season since 2002, when they had six.

Clay Buchholz worked five shutout innings, the eighth scoreless outing by a Sox starter this season, most in the American League. His first strikeout of the game, when he caught Jason Kubel looking at 94-mph fastball in the first inning, was the 300th of his career.

Dustin Pedroias seventh-inning single snapped an 0-for-15 skid going back to his last at-bat on May 2 against the Angels. In that stretch he had two walks and seven strikeouts.

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 16 games. In that stretch he is hitting .362 (25-for-69). He stole his team-leading ninth base in the first inning.

Jed Lowrie is batting .429 (15-for-35) with three home runs and 11 RBI against left-handed pitching this season.

Carl Crawford has a seven-game hitting streak, in which he is hitting .407 (11-for-27).

As expected, the Sox designated right-hander Scott Atchison to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Alfredo Aceves.

Maureen Mullen is on Twitter at http:twitter.commaureenamullen

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."