Red Sox promote Beyeler to manage Pawtucket

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Red Sox promote Beyeler to manage Pawtucket

By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

BOSTON The Red Sox announced their minor-league staffs Wednesday, with the big news being they've promotedArnie Beyeler from Double-A Portland to manage at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Beyeler, who turns 47 in February, has managed for 10 seasons, including seven in the Sox organization. He had managed Portland for the previous four seasons, and also managed Single-A Lowell and Augusta. Previously, he managed the Rangers High-A team for three seasons and coached in the Padres and Yankees organizations and was a scout for the Tigers. He played second base, third base, and shortstop in Detroits system from 19861991. This is his first year managing at the Triple-A level.

"I'm very excited about the organization giving me the opportunity and look forward to working with the players and staff in Pawtucket," said Beyeler, who is currently coaching in Venezuela.

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Rich Sauveur will return as Pawtuckets pitching coach, while the hittingcoachs job remains vacant. Chili Davis, who was under consideration for the Triple-A manager job, was the hitting coach for the Australian National team for three years and served the same role for the Dodgers' instructional league this past season. Jon Jochim returns as athletic trainer.

Kevin Boles was promoted to Portland after managing High-A Salem last season andSingle-A Greenville the previous two seasons. Prior to that, Boles managed and coached in the Twins and Royals organizations for six seasons. His father, John, managed the Marlins in 1996 and 19992001. Bob Kipper, Dave Joppie, and Paul Buchheit return as Portlands pitching coach, hitting coach, and athletic trainer, respectively.

Bruce Crabbe, who has been in the Sox organization for six seasons, will manageSalem after managing Lowell in 2010. He has also served as the organizations infield coordinator for four seasons. Crabbe previously coached and managed in the Rangers organization for seven seasons and was named the Appalachian Leagues manager of the year in 1999. Kevin Walker moves from Greenville to Salem as the pitching coach. Alex Ochoa, who was a special assistant in the baseball operations department last season, will serve as Salems hitting coach in 2011. Brandon Henry returns as athletic trainer.

Billy McMillon returns for his second season managing Greenville. Dick Such,who served as Salems pitching coach the previous two seasons, will take over that role in Greenville. Luis Lopez returns as hitting coach and David Herrera returns as athletic trainer.

Carlos Febles will make his managerial debut with Lowell, after serving asSalems hitting coach in 2009 and 2010. This will be his fifth season in the Sox organization. He has been with Lowell previously, as the hitting coach in 2007. Paul Abbott joins the organization as Lowells pitching coach. A third-round pick of Minnesota in 1985, he spent parts of 11 seasons with the Twins, Indians, Mariners, Royals, Rays, and Phillies. He has coached or managed for the independent Golden Leagues Orange Country Flyers and Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College. Mauricio Elizondo will return as athletic trainer. Lowells hitting coach job has yet to be filled.

George Lombard, who joined the organization last season, will make his managingdebut with the Gulf Coast Rookie League. Dave Tomlin remains with the team as a coach after serving as manager for the past five seasons. Walter Miranda returns as pitching coach and U.L. Washington returns as hitting coach.

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Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

CHESNUT HILL -- The Red Sox Rookie Development Program is designed to help young players prepare for what playing at the major-league level is like,. That can be valuable for a prospect like Rafael Devers, who hasn’t even made it to Double-A.

But of the eight-man cast at the workout this year, there’s one guy who actually has major-league experience.

Robby Scott joined the Red Sox as a September call-up last season and turned some heads, holding opponents scoreless over six innings of work.

Now the lefty is back working with younger guys to prepare himself for spring training -- something he’s itching to get started.

“It’s one thing that we always talk about,” the left-handed reliever told CSNNE.com “It’s a tough road to get there, but it’s an even tougher and harder road to stay there. And having that taste in September last year was incredible to be a part of it.”

That taste Scott had last fall has only made the desire to rejoin Boston greater.

“Yeah, because now you know what it’s like,” Scott said CSNNE.com. “You see it and you’re there and you’re a part of it. And it’s like, ‘Man, I wanna be there.’ You’re a little bit more hungry.”

And his hunger to pitch with the Red Sox only becomes greater at an event like this where he’s the only one with MLB time.

“They ask on a consistent basis,” Scott started, “ ‘What’s it like?’ ‘What was it like getting there the first day?’ ‘How did the guys react?’ ‘What was it like dealing with the media?’

“That’s what this program is here for, just to kind of gives these guys a little taste of what it is like and get familiar with the circumstances.

While the experience and constant discussion invites players to try to do more in the offseason or change their routine, the 27-year-old has stayed the course, trusting what’s gotten him there.

“The offseason training stays the same, nothing really changes on that side of things,” Scott said. “Nothing changes. Go about my business the way I have the last six, seven years.”

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

CHESNUT HILL -- Kyle Schwarber made his triumphant return to the Cubs lineup in the 2016 World Series after missing the regular season with a torn ACL. Only months after the Cubs outfielder tore his ACL, Schwarber’s teammate from Indiana University -- and Red Sox prospect -- Sam Travis suffered the very same injury, missing the end of 2016.

“I actually talked to [Schwarber] quite a bit,” Travis said following the group training session. “He was one step ahead of me at all times . . . He gave me the lowdown, told me that it was like.

“With this kind of injury and the activity we do on a daily basis, it’s going to be something you take care of the rest of your life. Whether it’s treatment or the training room, you’re going to get to 100 percent. But you’re still going to have to take care of it."

Now the first baseman is back on his feet and was even healthy enough to join his teammates in lateral movement drills at the Red Sox rookie development program at Boston College.

If you didn’t know any better while watching him, you’d think the injury never happened. And that’s how Travis is approaching it.

“Not at all [worried about it],” Travis told CSNNE.com. “It’s one of those things you kind of pretend it’s just like your normal knee. You don’t do anything different because that may injury something else. You don’t want to try to prevent something from happening because you my pull your hip or something like that.

“You’ve just gotta go about it and trust yourself.”

That’s a great sign for Travis in his climb to joining the big league club. Getting over the physical portion of an injury takes time, but there’s usually a proven system set in place.

The mental side is another animal entirely and varies from player to player.

Luckily for the Red Sox, Travis doesn’t overthink much of anything.

“Nah, I’m a pretty simple guy,” he said.