Red Sox notes: Cameron demonstrates health

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Red Sox notes: Cameron demonstrates health

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. In the second inning of Saturdays 9-2 win over the Marlins at City of Palms Park, Mike Cameron dropped a bunt down the third base line for a single, showing that his 38-year-old legs are feeling good. Just as important, showing that hes recovered from the August surgery to repair a tear in his abdomen.

Cameron, who had been sidelined earlier in the week with tendonitis in his left knee, went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. He is batting .412 (7-for-17).

I know his left knee was bothering him for a couple days, said manager Terry Francona. But we gave him a couple days break. He looks really fresh. You can tell. He played a good game today, he jumped on that ball to left field and on most days its probably a home run, laid down a good bunt, looked like he felt good.

With Cameron limited by injuries last season, in his first season with the Sox, Francona never got to see a fully healthy outfielder.

No, not really, Francona said. It was a battle right from the beginning. And hes a tough kid but he just looks so much freer fright now. Even that smiles coming a lot quicker. It was a fight for him last year.

The Red Sox made their first round of player moves Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel and infielder Oscar Tejeda to Double-A Portland. Reassigned to minor league camp are right-handed pitchers Tony Pena Jr., Jason Rice, Clevelan Santeliz, Kyle Weiland and Alex Wilson, catchers Tim Federowicz and Ryan Lavarnway, infielders Brent Dlugach and Hector Luna, and outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin.

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 in the game. He is batting .333 (8-for-24) this spring.

The Red Sox voided the minor league contract of right-hander Jason Bergmann. He reported to camp with a shoulder injury and did not pitch.

Clay Buchholzs next scheduled day to start is Monday. But, with the Red Sox facing the Yankees Monday night at City of Palms Park, Francona prefers to hold Buchholz back from a division rival. Right-hander Alfredo Aceves will likely get the start instead, with Buchholz pitching in an alternate scenario, such as a simulated game.

Pitchers scheduled for the game against the Pirates in Bradenton include Josh Beckett, Scott Atchison, Andrew Miller, and Daniel Bard.

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot