Childhood mishap turned Reyes into a lefty


Childhood mishap turned Reyes into a lefty

By Maureen Mullen

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If not for a childhood mishap, Dennys Reyes might never have become a major league pitcher. At least not a left-handed major league pitcher.

Reyes is a natural righty. He does everything with his right hand except throw a baseball.

When he was a youngster, about 5 or 6 years old, he was playing with his uncle. His uncle was treating the young Reyes to a favorite, and a childhood staple, for most kids being twirled around by his hands till his feet left the ground and he got dizzy. Theyd done it many times before, but this time something went wrong. His right shoulder blade was injured.

It hurt a lot, Reyes said. I was scared to death. When I was a kid, I was living in a small town and we didnt have any doctors.

I was a kid. I loved baseball. I wasnt thinking about anything else.

I practiced with my dad. I got pictures of that. My dad said I always loved to play shortstop. I got pictures of me throwing right-handed.

Once his shoulder healed, Reyes tried to resume playing as a righty, but it was too painful. His father, a first baseman, bought him a glove for his right hand and taught him how to throw with his left. At first, Reyes would take the glove off and try to throw with his right hand.

It was a slow process, he said. It took me a while to learn, but it worked.

The effects of that mishap are still evident. His right shoulder sits noticeably higher than his left.

He can still feel the effects at times.

Yeah, when I catch a ground ball, he said. If its high and I have to jump, it hurts. And when I do certain moves I feel it then.

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Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:


* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.


* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.


1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.

Benintendi's MRI inconclusive; will undergo more tests Friday in Boston

Benintendi's MRI inconclusive; will undergo more tests Friday in Boston

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Andrew Benintendi saga will continue for at least one more day, as an MRI taken here Thursday morning was, in the words of John Farrell, "inconclusive" and the rookie left fielder will undergo more tests Friday in Boston.

"Our doctors want to get him back to a full exam with (team orthopedist) Dr. [Peter] Asnis," Farrell said after the 2-1 loss to the Rays, which concluded the team's 11-game road trip. "Hopefully, when I speak to you all [Friday] afternoon (at Fenway Park, prior to the team's game against Royals), there will be a little more information on this."

Farrell said Friday's tests "will include some other imaging".

The Sox placed Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list after he injured his left night while running the bases Wednesday night. 

"We're going to do some more tests tomorrow and take it day-by-day," he said. "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully the tests come back clean.''
Benintendi found one sliver of hope:
"The more I walk on it, the better it feels. I'm going to stay as positive as I can.''