Notes: Lowrie, Youkilis shaken up on same play


Notes: Lowrie, Youkilis shaken up on same play

By SeanMcAdam and MaureenMullen

BOSTON -- In a strange incident, shortstop Jed Lowrie and third baseman Kevin Youkilis appeared to be shaken up on the same play Thursday afternoon, when Peter Bourjos doubled to center in the fifth inning.

Lowrie landed awkwardly on his left wrist, the same wrist that limited him for much of the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Covering second, Youkilis appeared to injure his left thumb when Bourjos slid into him. It was the same thumb he tweaked earlier in the season.

Jed rolled his wrist a little bit when he dove for the ball. Hes OK, Terry Francona said. Youk got slid into on his hand. Hes got a contusion.

It hurt, but its fine now, Lowrie said. Just startled me. It kind of startled me. I rolled up on it. That happens sometimes when you dive and after a couple of minutes it started to do better.

Youkilis was evaluated after the game and did not meet with reporters.

When the Red Sox purchased the contract of Rich Hill Thursday, the team needed a corresponding move to accommodate Hill on their 40-man roster.

Hill, who came to spring training on a minor-league invite, wasn't on the 40-man roster.

The Red Sox found the opening they needed when they placed veteran lefty Dennys Reyes on the restricted list.

Reyes, who began the season with the team but was designated for assignment after just six games, had been taking part in the team's extended spring training, attempting to work through some issues with his delivery.

According to a source close to Reyes, the lefty needed to return home to Mexico for a family matter. It's unknown how long he'll be home.

Hill made his 2011 debut Thursday, going 1 13 scoreless innings with one hit and two strikeouts.

Scott Atchison's first stint with the Red Sox lasted about 12 hours.

Atchison was promoted from Pawtucket early Thursday morning after the Sox ran through eight pitchers in their 13-inning lost to the Angels.

Atchison was brought into Thursday's game in the fifth inning when starter John Lackey couldn't record an out. Atchison gave the Sox 3 23 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

But after the game, Atchison was packing up his equipment bag and returning to Pawtucket, to make room for the promotion of Alfred Aceves.

The move was not announced after Thursday's game, but a source confirmed the move was being made.

Aceves had been scheduled to start Thursday night for Pawtucket, but was scratched from the assignment in preparation for his call-up to the big leagues. Aceves will pitch in relief for Boston.

Atchison is again the victim of having remaining options, meaning the Sox can yank him back-and-forth from Boston to Pawtucket without worrying about exposing him to waivers.

Jacoby Ellsburys eighth-inning single extended his hitting streak to
14 games in which he is batting .350 (21-for-60). It is the longest current hit
streak in the American League, the longest by a Sox player this season.

The 18 hits the Sox allowed were one shy of their season high.

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Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.