Valentine not dwelling on roster 'what ifs'


Valentine not dwelling on roster 'what ifs'

BOSTON With 13 players currently on the disabled list, and a total of 56 player-games missed so far this season, manager Bobby Valentine could be forgiven for thinking of the "what ifs."

What if he had had a fully healthy roster all season?

But, Valentine said he hasnt gone there.

No, its not a thought that I could wrap my head around, he said Sunday morning before the start of the series finale against the Rays. And the other teams are dealing with the same stuff. Thats what the major league seasons all about. The rosters been a challenge all season and it will become more challenging as the season progresses and as these guys come back.

Of the 13 players currently on the DL, seven are outfielders. Valentine has yet to see what was expected to be his starting outfield in the lineup.

But, outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the 7-day concussion DL since May 21, is expected to be activated Monday.

Cody Ross, on the DL since May 19 with a fracture in his left navicular bone, is making progress. Ross was walking around the clubhouse Sunday morning without the plastic boot that has encased his left foot.

As the players make their ways back from the DL, that will present other challenges. If Sweeney is activated Monday, a roster move will have to be made. Che-Hsuan Lin would be the likely move, returning to Pawtucket.

Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4


Benintendi, Red Sox hang on to beat Cubs, 5-4

BOSTON - Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night.

Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.

Left-hander Drew Pomeranz (2-1) got the win with six innings of two-run ball, surrendering solo homers to Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. in the early innings before settling in. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Boston has won its last nine interleague games at Fenway Park.

Arrieta (3-1) logged his shortest start since Aug. 28, 2014, lasting only 4 1/3 innings and giving up 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

Broadcasting role unlikely for Ortiz, who met with Red Sox this week

BOSTON - It's a tad ironic the Red Sox met with David Ortiz on Tuesday about his post-playing career, and then the offense went out and did nothing and Xander Bogaerts was publicly lamenting Ortiz's absence two days later.

John Henry, Tom Werner, Ortiz and his agent, Fern Cuza, met at Fenway Park on Tuesday to discuss the retired slugger’s future role with the organization, team president Sam Kennedy said. 


Nothing's imminent, but there's one thing Ortiz is unlikely to do with the Sox in the near future: broadcasting. He could still do some of that in the postseason for say, FOX, but it appears an arrangement with NESN isn't in the cards for now, per Kennedy.

Ortiz's role with the Red Sox is still expected to be wide-ranging, something bigger than the standard alumnus agreement. He seems set on taking his time, enjoying his retired life, saying over the weekend he wants to be able to give the job the time it deserves. 

Kennedy in April was unsure if anything would get done this year. 

As for the team's play without Ortiz, and Bogaerts' comments?

"This is an incredibly talented ballclub," Werner said Friday at a luncheon benefitting the Red Sox Foundation and the Foundation To Be Named Later. "I’m really not terribly concerned. Like all fans, I’m a bit frustrated when we don’t give great pitching run support.

"We struggled the last couple of nights. It’s frustrating to think that Chris Sale, who I think is the best pitcher in the American League, doesn’t have much run support. But it’s April. I've been taught to not really look at the standings 'til July. Frustrated by the past two days, but look at the standings, and we’re only one win behind the Cubs. So you know, I mean I wish we were playing a little bit better,  but the team is going to bounce back."

Werner reiterated the Sox have room in their budget to add players ahead of the trade deadline.