Red Sox notes: Iglesias joining Sox, may play Sunday


Red Sox notes: Iglesias joining Sox, may play Sunday

By Maureen Mullen

BOSTON -- Jose Iglesias, the Red Sox' highly touted shortstop prospect, is on his way to Boston and may make his major-league debut Sunday.

According to a source, the Sox are likely to place Marco Scutaro on the disabled list. Scutaro -- who had to leave Saturday's game in the eighth inning -- told he is suffering from a "left-side injury."

"I dont know," he said when asked about the nature of the injury, which he said he suffered on Friday night. "Well find out Sunday, when an MRI is taken."

Iglesias reportedly will take Scutaro's roster spot.

Iglesias' defensive skills are said to be major-league caliber; the questions are whether or not he can yet contribute offensively in the big leagues. Early returns from his first season at Triple-A Pawtucket reinforce those doubts.

He's hitting .253 in 24 games for the PawSox this year, and all of his 22 hits have been singles. And he's also only walked twice, giving him a .278 on-base percentage.

Saturday's 4-0 victory over the Twins snapped a three-game losing streak for the Sox that began with the 13-inning loss to the Angels WednesdayThursday. In that stretch they had been outscored 25-5.

It is the Sox fourth shutout of the season. It's the most shutouts they've had through the first 33 games of a season since 2002, when they had six.

Clay Buchholz worked five shutout innings, the eighth scoreless outing by a Sox starter this season, most in the American League. His first strikeout of the game, when he caught Jason Kubel looking at 94-mph fastball in the first inning, was the 300th of his career.

Dustin Pedroias seventh-inning single snapped an 0-for-15 skid going back to his last at-bat on May 2 against the Angels. In that stretch he had two walks and seven strikeouts.

Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 16 games. In that stretch he is hitting .362 (25-for-69). He stole his team-leading ninth base in the first inning.

Jed Lowrie is batting .429 (15-for-35) with three home runs and 11 RBI against left-handed pitching this season.

Carl Crawford has a seven-game hitting streak, in which he is hitting .407 (11-for-27).

As expected, the Sox designated right-hander Scott Atchison to make room on the 25-man roster for right-hander Alfredo Aceves.

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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. 

Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona


Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye follows Hazen to Arizona

The Red Sox lost another key member of their front office Monday, when vice-president of amateur and international scouting Amiel Sawdaye followed former general manager Mike Hazen to Arizona.

Sawdaye will be the Diamondbacks' assistant GM. As stated by Rotoworld, he had been instrumental in building up the Red Sox' young big league talent and farm system.

The Boston Globe reported today that the Red Sox may not fill the GM vacancy created when Hazen left, instead using "other staffers to take on Hazen’s administrative duties". President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski handles many of the duties traditionally associated with the general manager's position, leaving the actual GM's job in Boston as "essentially an assistant [position] with a lofty title but little power".

The Red Sox have also lost two other front-office members this offseason: Senior baseball analyst Tom Tippett, who had been with the organization for eight years, and director of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, who had been with the Sox for five years.