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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Neumeier: Red Sox still not viable championship contender

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Sandoval to undergo surgery on left shoulder

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Sandoval to undergo surgery on left shoulder

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder in the coming days, a procedure that will sideline him for an extended period and could spell the end of his 2016 season.

Sandoval was placed on the DL last month with soreness in his left shoulder. He received a diagnosis from the Red Sox medical staff, but requested a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, one of the country's prominent orthopedic surgeons.

Sandoval visited Andrews less than two weeks ago, but the soreness and inflammation in the shoulder joint was so severe that Andrews couldn't complete the examination. The exam was then rescheduled until Monday.

The Red Sox did not announce the specific nature of the procedure, but in a release, said they would do so after the surgery is performed by Andrews later this week.

It's been widely speculated that Sandoval is dealing with an injury to either the labrum or rotator cuff. Last month, when Sandoval was initially put on the disabled list, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said only that there was "a great deal going on'' in Sandoval's shoulder. Citing HIPA laws, Dombrowski said he couldn't reveal specifics.

It's been an eventful and unhappy season for Sandoval to date. In spring training, he was beaten out for the starting third baseman's job by Travis Shaw, who performed better in the field and at the plate throughout March.

Sandoval had only six hitless at-bats when he was placed on the DL on April 13, retroactive to April 11. On the morning of April 11, Sandoval reported to Fenway Park and told the training staff he had limited range of movement in the shoulder. Sandoval couldn't identify a particular play or event that may have first caused the injury.

 

Mazz: Is David Price the Peyton Manning of MLB?

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After a rough start to the season Tony Massarotti is starting to wonder if David Price has struggled due to the cold weather early in the season, and if he should be considered the Peyton Manning of MLB.