Red Sox designate Cameron, call up Navarro


Red Sox designate Cameron, call up Navarro

By Sean McAdam Red Sox InsiderFollow @sean_mcadam
PHILADELPHIA - With slightly more than half a season remaining on his two-year deal, the Red Sox designated outfielder Mike Cameron for assignment on Wednesday.

Cameron, 38, has approximately 3.6 million remaining on the two-year, 15.5 million deal.

The Sox recalled Yamaico Navarro to take Cameron's spot on the roster.

Cameron was not in the lineup Wednesday despite the fact that the Sox were facing lefthander Cole Hamels. He arrived to the clubhouse later and met with both manager Terry Francona and general manager Theo Epstein.

Cameron was hitting just .149 with three homers and nine RBI in 33 games this seaosn.

"It's not a move we were looking to make necessarily,'' said GM Theo Epstein. "We were trying to strike the right balance, buying guys as much time as we could to let them get on track a little bit. Mike obviously has a great track record and even last year, when he
was hurt, he still raked left-handed pitching.

"The expectation coming into the year was that he would help us against lefties and it ended up being a tough adjustment for him to a role he wasn't that familiar with. We were trying to strike the balance between giving him enough time to get untracked and realizing that that's an area of the club where we might need to try something new.''

Epstein said the unavailability of third baseman Kevin Youkilis "forced our hand a little bit,'' since it left the Sox short on infield depth.

"We decided to go ahead and make the move now,'' said Epstein. "The timing was right. We want to thank Mike for all his hard work and battling through the tough injury he had last year. It wasn't easy. He played through a lot of pain last year and had a tough adjustment this year to a new role. I'm sorry it didn't work out. He's a great person.''

Epstein said the Red Sox "have been scratching their heads'' over Cameron's struggles at the plate this season.

"I'll take the hit on this one,'' said Epstien. "We try to be disciplined and look for players in their prime and sometimes you just can't do that. Mike was still a producitve player when we got him.''

Epstein traced Cameron's downfall to the abdominal-groin injury which first impacted the outfielder in the spring of 2010 and required surgery months later.

"Despite the great shape he keeps himself in,'' theorized Epstein, "(the age) made the recovery that much more difficult. He's a remarkable athlete and keeps himself in fantastic shape and worked his tail off on the rehab. There's a chance he goes somewhere else and snaps back into form and makes a huge difference for somebody.''

He added that Cameron was "used to being an everyday player. He's maybe going from 500 at-bats to 350 and then when he got off to a slow start, (his playing time) was reduced even more and it never came together for him.''

The Sox have 10 days to trade, release or assign Cameron's contract. Epstien said he had discussions with several teams in recent weeks, but surely his poor production and remaining salary made -- and will continue to make -- Cameron a tough sell.

As for Navarro, who spent part of September with the Sox last season, Epstein described him as having "a pretty potent bat against lefties. He's got a lot of bat speed, an aggressive hitter, can hit the ball out of the ballpark.''

Navarro can play short, second and third, and has been deployed some in the outfield this season at Pawtucket.

"He has limited experience out there (in the outfield),'' said Epstein. "He's done a nice job so far in a few games out in right field. In an ideal world, we'd have someone more experienced but he's a versatile guy and can hit lefthanded pitching and has a chance to help us.''

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Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen


Pomeranz 'pretty comfortable' with potential move to bullpen

NEW YORK -- If Drew Pomeranz is going to be part of the Red Sox' postseason plans, the team will likely have a better idea about that question by Thursday afternoon.

Pomeranz, who was scratched from his final scheduled start on Thursday because of soreness in his left forearm and general concern about his 2016 workload, will throw a 30-35 pitch bullpen.

If he responds well, he could then see some relief action over the final weekend at Fenway to determine his readiness for the playoffs.

"Before we even begin to map out a potential relief appearance over the weekend,'' said John Farrell, "we've got to get through that next step.''

Pomeranz pitched well in his last start at Tropicana Field over the weekend, but has been dealing with some discomfort in his forearm.

"I've had some soreness here, late in the year,'' Pomeranz said. "I've thrown more innings than I have ever (before), so we kind of sat down and talked about the best course of action the rest of the way.''

Pomeranz described what he felt as "just some soreness, probably from never covering this time of the year. It's a spot I've never been in before. We just decided the best thing to do was not making this last start and talk about maybe sliding into the bullpen.''

The lefty is no stranger to the bullpen, having pitched there as recently as last season while with Oakland.

"I've had the benefit of doing pretty much everything (in terms of roles),'' he said. "I'm pretty comfortable in any situation. If they see me helping there, obviously, that's where I want to be. But I don't know if it's a sure thing. We'll have to see how it goes.''

Meanwhile, another sidelined starter, Steven Wright, is expected to rejoin the team in Boston Friday. Wright threw a bullpen off the mound earlier this week in Fort Myers as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his shoulder.


Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East


Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Second try at clinching A.L. East

The Red Sox try again to nail down the A.L. East crown tonight, sending Clay Buchholz to the mound against the Yankees while needed just one victory -- or one Toronto defeat -- to clinch the division.

Tonight's lineups:

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt 3B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Sandy Leon C
Clay Buchholz P

Brett Gardner LF
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Gary Sanchez C
Brian McCann DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Didi Gregorious SS
Mark Texeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Mason Williams RF
Bryan Mitchell P