Buchholz' bad back leads to DL stint


Buchholz' bad back leads to DL stint

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Right-hander Clay Buchholz was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon because of a lower back strain. Buchholz left his last start, Thursday in Tampa Bay, after five innings because of the injury.

No setbacks, said manager Terry Francona when asked in Buchholz' injury had worsened. We were trying to shoot for Buchholz making his next start on June 25 and then the more we thought about it, we felt, 'Okay, if we back him up one more Saturday, itll cost him basically a week. We got a chance to get him healthy for the rest of the year.'

"I think he understood. Being the competitor that he is, he wanted to pitch. But I think its the right thing to do.

Buchholz, who is eligible to be activated July 2 against the Astros in Houston (the move was retroactive to Friday), concurred.

He noted that just recently he was given a couple of extra days between one start and the next one (because of the injury) . . . and it felt good for one start and then the lower back pain came back, he said. So, hopefully Ill miss a whole start right now and . . . it won't be anything thatll bother me for the rest of the season. I think thats the road were trying to take with this. Hopefully, we can knock it all out now and not worry about September, October.

While his back has bothered him occasionally, Buchholz doesnt believe he tried to push or rush back to the mound in his last start.

No. I just think thats the way it is, he said. Its a thing thats been lingering for a while, and now I need to attack it as far as getting in the training room and trying to do everything I can to try to be back on the field that Saturday in Houston. Time is going to be the biggest thing for it.

The only time I really felt anything throwing was those last couple of innings in Tampa. I felt like I was altering my delivery to sort of favor that side and I think thats the big thing for me. By doing that Im gonna end up hurting something else if we didn't take those measures.

"I think it was definitely the right decision. We sat down and talked about it, and get a little bit of rest here and then well have the All-Star break shortly after and hopefully itll knock it out.

Were trying for this not to happen in September and October, when everybody needs to be at their best, and try to get it done now and go from there.

In 14 starts this season, Buchholz has posted a record of 6-3 with a 3.48 ERA. He has not lost since April 26. In nine starts since then he's 5-0 with four no-decisions, a career-high stretch without a loss.

The move clears space on the roster for left-hander Andrew Miller, who was already scheduled to be called up Monday to start the first game of the three-game series against the Padres.

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Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures


Dombrowski, Red Sox making adjustments in wake of recent departures

In recent days and weeks, the Red Sox have lost their general manager, their vice president of amateur and international scouting, an assistant director of amateur scouting, a member of their analytics department and their mental skills coach.

But Dave Dombrowski, the team's president of baseball operations, insists that the team is not in danger of "brain drain.''

"No, not at all,'' said president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski in a conference call with reporters. "We've lost some good people, but it's also a situation where we have a lot of good people and I think when you have a good organization, if you're winning and you expose people to situations, (a certain amount of exodus) happens. I think the other part of it is that we're more than capable of filling some of those roles from an internal perspective. We've got some quality people and I think the thing that's great about it is, it allows people to grow.''

Dombrowski announced that, in the wake of the departure of Amiel Sawdaye, the former VP of amateur and international scouting who left Monday to become assistant GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Sox were promoting Eddie Romero, formerly the vice president of international scouting, to the position of senior vice president/ assistant GM.

Romero, the son of former Red Sox utility infielder Eddie Romero Sr. will help Dombrowski in personnel matters and player development, while Brian O'Halloran, who has the same title as Romero, will continue to handle administrative matters including salary arbitration and contactual negotiations.

After the departure of Mike Hazen, who left to become GM of the Diamondbacks last week, Dombrowski interviewed Sawdaye and Romero as Hazen's potential replacements before determining that neither had the necessary experience yet to become a major league GM.

Dombrowski said there would be additional internal promotions and adjustments to announce in the coming weeks. He added that senior advisors Frank Wren and Allard Baird, each former general managers, would see their responsibilities increase when it comes to conducting trade talks with other organizations.

Sawdaye's departure is one of several this off-season for the front office. Earlier this month, Steve Sanders, who had been the team's assistant director of amateur scouting, left to become director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Also, Tom Tippett, a longtime member of the team's statistical analysis staff, will leave soon too pursue other opportunities. The team recently informed mental skills coach Bob Tewksbury that his contact would not be renewed, according to the Boston Globe.

Dombrowski indicated that Laz Gutierrez would be promoted to take the place of Tewksbury.

In other news, Dombrowski revealed that the entire coaching staff -- hitting coach Chili Davis; assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez; first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr.; third base coach Brian Butterfield; bullpen coach Dana LeVangie; pitching coach Carl Willis; and bench coach Torey Lovullo -- had all agreed to return for 2017.

That, of course, is subject to change since Lovullo is believed to be a target of Hazen for Arizona's managerial vacancy.

Dombrowski said the Diamondbacks had yet to request permission to speak with Lovullo, though that may happen soon now that Hazen has hired Sawdaye to fill out his front office.

When Hazen was hired by the Diamondbacks, he was limited to hiring just one member of the Red Sox' Baseball Operations staff. But, Dombrowski added, that limit didn't apply to uniformed staff members such as Lovullo, who would be leaving for a promotion.


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen


Red Sox promote Eddie Romero assistant general manager, won't hire GM to replace Hazen

The Red Sox on Tuesday named Eddie Romero senior vice president and assistant general manager. In a press release announcing the move, the team stated it will not fill the position of general manager for the time being. 

Romero’s promotion comes following the departure of general manager Mike Hazen, who left this month to become Arizona’ GM. Hazel brought Amiel Sawdaye, who had served as Boston’s vice president of international and amateur scouting, with him to the Diamondbacks, with Sawdaye serving as an assistant GM for Arizona. 

The 37-year-old Romero is the son of former Red Sox infielder Ed Romero Rr. Romero served last season as Boston’s vice president of international scouting, overseeing amateur scouting in Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. 

Romero is in his 11th season with the Red Sox, having previously worked in international and professional scouting for the team and becoming Boston’s director of international scouting in 2012.