Red Sox notes: Iglesias joining Sox, may play Sunday

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Red Sox notes: Iglesias joining Sox, may play Sunday

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

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 WEEI.com 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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Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

Sandoval: I got lazy after signing big contract with Red Sox

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.