Ortiz: 'Time will tell' if he'll return to Red Sox

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Ortiz: 'Time will tell' if he'll return to Red Sox

David Ortiz sounds like a man preparing himself -- mentally, at least -- for a departure from Boston.

"Time will tell," he told CSN's Jessica Moran in a one-on-one interview when asked if he'll be back with the Red Sox next year.

"If I come back, I come back. Be happy to be here. If I don't, everybody's gotta move on."

Ortiz returned for 2011 when the Red Sox exercised the 12.5 million option on his contract. This is the final year of the deal he signed in 2007, but he told Moran he's used to playing on an about-to-expire pact.

"I played under a one-year contract last year. You know what I'm saying?" he said, referring to the fact that the 2011 option wasn't a mutual option but belonged solely to the Red Sox. "Having an option that isn't yours, it's like playing under a one-year contract."

But he said it's not going to concern him.

"Everybody's happy. I'm happy. I'm just going to play like I normally do. Gonna go hard . . . and . . . whatever happens, happens."

One thing he's not so laissez-faire about, however, is platooning at DH. Ortiz batted only .222 against left-handers last year, with 2 home runs and 24 RBI in 185 at-bats -- compared to .2973078 in 333 at-bats against righties -- and that was his highest batting average against lefties in three years. He hit .221 against them in 2008 and .212 against them in 2009.

But he's adamant that he wants to be in the lineup every day.

"Well, I showed the whole planet last year that I'm not a platoon player," he said, referring, apparently, to the fact that he hit .286 with 31 home runs and 98 RBI after May 1. "I just get worse when I have to be a platoon player. But we'll see. I'm working on my stuff; I know I have to get better, like anyone else, at some things, and I hope everybody understands that."

Report: Red Sox have inquired about trades for Braves’ pitchers

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Report: Red Sox have inquired about trades for Braves’ pitchers

While the Red Sox have inquired about both Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino from the Atlanta Braves, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported, although Braves GM John Coppolella said he doesn’t see them trading Teheran.

In a Twitter chat with fans, Coppolella didn’t said he didn’t see the Braves parting with Teheran.

On MLB Network Radio, Bowden, a former major league GM, said Atlanta is interested Red Sox top prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, who naturally Boston would be very reluctant to part with.  

Teheran, a right-handed starter, is 3-7 but with a 2.66 ERA and Vizcaino, a right-handed reliever, is 1-2 with a 2.01 ERA  and 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings for the Braves, who are in last place in the National League East. 

 

Friday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Brentz starts in LF

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Friday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Brentz starts in LF

It won’t take long for Bryce Brentz to get used to the major leagues again. Called up Friday after Chris Young was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Brentz gets the start in left field as the Red Sox open a three-game series tonight against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas (8:05 p.m.). 

Brentz, 27, who was hitting .278 with three homers and 17 RBI at Pawtucket, will make his first major league appearance since 2014 and bat seventh against Texas left-hander Nick Martinez (1-1, 5.14 ERA).  David Price starts (8-4, 4.24) starts for Boston. 

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Bryce Brentz LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Christian Vazquez C

David Price LHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Ryan Rua LF
Prince Fielder DH
Elvis Andrus SS
Roughned Odor 2B
Jurickson Profar 1B
Bobby Wilson C

Nick Martinez LHP
 

Red Sox place Chris Young on DL, recall Bryce Brentz

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Red Sox place Chris Young on DL, recall Bryce Brentz

To no one's surprise, the Red Sox have placed outfielder Chris Young -- who collapsed Thursday on the basepaths after suffering a severe right hamstring strain and had to be helped off the field -- on the 15-day disabled list.

The team recalled outfielder Bryce Brentz from Pawtucket as a replacement. Brentz will be with the Sox tonight in Texas when they open a six-game road trip.

Young had taken over as the Sox' everyday left fielder after a concussion forced Brock Holt to the DL, and was hitting .277 with 6 home runs and 15 RBI in 130 at-bats. He had played so well that manager John Farrell talked of moving Holt back to his infield-outfield, super-utility role when he returns and giving Young a large portion of the playing time in left.

Now, however, he appears to be facing a lengthy absence and Holt, who's been on a rehab assignment with the PawSox, may once again take over as the primary left fielder.

Brentz, who last played for in the Red Sox in September 2014, played 12 games at Double-A Portland this year before being sent back to Pawtucket. He has a combined average of .261 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI in 184 at-bats. Brentz was the Red Sox' No. 1 draft choice in 2010.