Sox dump Reyes, activate Doubront, call up Aceves

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Sox dump Reyes, activate Doubront, call up Aceves

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON In a direct response to the horrific 0-6 start thats completely stunned the Red Sox, they've done a double bullpen swap: They've switched out right-hander Matt Albers and left-hander Dennys Reyes for right-hander Alfredo Aceves and left-hander Felix Doubront.

Albers was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained lat muscle, and the strike-zone challenged Reyes was designated for assignment. Reyes' last appearance for the Red Sox, Wednesday in Cleveland, was horrific: He hit two batters and walked a third without recording an out, and all three runs wound up scoring as the Indians broke open a close (3-2) game.

Aceves was recalled from Pawtucket and Doubront, battled through some left elbow problems in spring training, was activated off the disabled list.

It was obviously a pretty short look for Reyes, said Francona. Its hard to have only one lefty in the bullpen when that pitcher's thats not throwing the ball over the plate. We love Doubront, but he wasnt ready to pitch when we left spring training. Getting Felix back is something were very excited about.

I know it was a short leash with Dennys, but we need to win some games.

Reyes had the lovable looks of El Guapo, but he posted a 16.20 ERA and 2.40 WHIP in four appearances as the Sox situational lefty, and thats about as bad it gets.

As for Albers, Francona indicated the move was precautionary.

He was warming up in Cleveland the other night and felt it," said the manager. "Then he sat down and warmed up again and felt pretty good. Then he felt it grabbing at him the next day, so we stayed away from him. I dont think he'll be sidelined terribly long, but the last thing we wanted to do was run him out there in the next day or two and really hurt him.

Aceves was excited to be facing the Yankees, the team that he pitched for last season, and that means his book on their hitters is still pretty fresh.

Theyre a good team. Everybody has skills and strengths over there, so you just have to dominate, said Aceves.

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

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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.”