Red Sox notes: Dlugach dislocates left shoulder


Red Sox notes: Dlugach dislocates left shoulder

By Sean McAdam

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brent Dlugach was a distinct longshot to make the Red Sox 25-man roster at the start of the season. Now, whatever slim hope he had is gone, too.

Dlugach, a utility infielder, suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he charged a pop-up bunt in the fifth inning Tuesday and his momentum sent him to the ground, where he landed on the shoulder.

He left the field holding the shoulder in place and was examined soon after by a member of the Minnesota Twins' medical staff.

"You could tell right away that he was injured," said Terry Francona after the Red Sox blanked the Twins, 5-0. "We feel bad. The kid was coming in, trying to show what he can do. He dove on a bunt, made a real nice play. We're going to have to some follow-up to see the severity of it.''

Dlugach was to undergo a scan of the shoulder Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning.

The injury was the culmination of a rough week for the infielder. He was drilled in the backside during live batting practice Sunday before committing two errors and hitting into two double plays in Monday's win before the injury struck Tuesday.

Jonathan Papelbon looked sharp in his Grapefruit League debut, tossing a scoreless 1-2-3 fifth inning in the Red Sox' 2-0 win over Minnesota.

"I was pleased,'' said Papelbon. "It's something that I've taken from the end of the season last year when I was throwing the ball really well and I've been able to take that into this spring. So, I was pleased.''

Two weeks ago, Papelbon said he was already locked into his proper delivery, a rare occurence for him this early in spring.

"I felt as locked in as I'm probably going to get all spring,'' he said, "and hopefully, I'll be able to continue that throughout the spring and into the season.''

After missing most of the second half of last season following surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, Mike Cameron has had a blistering start this spring. He had a hit and a stolen base Sunday night against the Twins and added two hits in three plate appearances Tuesday.

"Right now,'' said Cameron, "it just feels good to go out and work on baseball things without having to overload the body with so much protection. Now I just go and get the body warmed up and go and play. The biggest thing is the body is starting to respond to certain things and I feel a litle bit stronger.''

"It's nice to see him not having to think before he runs,'' said Francona. "He looks good.''

Jon Lester's early spring starts have been about as efficient as his starts in April most years, which is to say, not very.

But Lester tossed two shutout innings Tuesday in his first spring start and pronounced himself satisfied with the outing.

"I was just glad to get the first one done and over with,'' Lester said. "The first one is always hard - getting in front of a crowd, different hitters . . . so it's good it's over with."

Lefty reliever Dennys Reyes faced hitters on a back field for the first time Tuesday morning and will have another outing Thursday before seeing game action sometime this weekend.

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Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.