Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08


Notes: Weiland's debut ejection first since '08

By Jessica Camerato Follow @JCameratoNBA

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen
BOSTON Right-hander Kyle Weiland made his major league debut Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.

It didn't last as long as he had hoped.

Weiland was ejected in the fifth inning for beaning Vladimir Guerrero after warnings had already been issued. He became the first player to be ejected in his debut game since Atlanta Braves pitcher Francisley Bueno on August 13, 2008 (source: David VincentSABR).

In 17 starts for Pawtucket, Weiland is 8-6, with a 3.00 ERA. He has allowed two or fewer runs in 14 of his outings. In his last 10 starts, he is 6-2 with a 2.33 ERA. In 93 innings, he has 99 strikeouts and 37 walks, a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 2.68 and a strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio of 9.6.

Told him to enjoy himself because hell never have another day like this in his life, said Terry Francona before the game. He looked excited . . . thats the biggest thing, I guess. I want to look at him and see, 'Okay, is this guy here?' He actually had a really confident look. I felt good. Kind of fun to talk to him. Hes a nice kid.

Guys that try not to act excited, thats when you get a little worried, like I got this under control. Thats when you go, Oh. "

Weiland, 24, was the Sox fifth pick in the 2008 draft, out of Notre Dame. He wore uniform No. 70.

Jon Lester (10-4, 3.31 ERA) was named to the American League All-Star team on Sunday in place of Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. Hernandez started on Sunday, which made him ineligible for the All-Star Game per Major League Baseball rules.

Lester is on the disabled list (strained lower latissimus muscle), though, and was replaced by Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero (7-8, 3.09 ERA). Since Hernandez was a player-elected All-Star, his replacement was selected in order of the next highest ranking pitcher who was not already on the team. Even though Lester cannot play, he will still attend the All-Star Game in Phoenix. He does not expect to be on the disabled list longer than 15 days and does not anticipate needing a rehab start either.

Daniel Bard threw a scoreless eighth inning, extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 13 innings in his last 18 appearances. It is the longest streak for a Red Sox reliever since Hideki Okajima tossed 20 23 scoreless innings in 2007.

Dustin Pedroia (2-for-5, 1 HR) also extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .347 (14R, 10 RBI) since June 29.

Right-hander Josh Beckett threw a side session Sunday with no ill effects on his left knee. He left his Friday start after five innings, with a mildly hyperextend left knee after slipping on the mound. He will be available to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Carl Crawford, on the disabled list since June 18 with a left hamstring strain, is expected to work out Thursday at Fenway Park, and then play left field Friday and Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He will travel to Baltimore Sunday to meet the Red Sox, who'll arrive there Sunday night after their weekend series in Tampa, and be available to play Monday.

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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.