Source: Sveum on Sox' list of managerial candidates


Source: Sveum on Sox' list of managerial candidates

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

Dale Sveum, part of the Red Sox' coaching staff on the 2004 championship team, is on Boston's list of candidates to replace Terry Francona as manager, a baseball source indicated.

Sveum, who turns 48 next month, was the third-base coach for the Red Sox in 2004 and 2005. He came under criticism for being too aggressive in the role and left the organization after the 2005 season.

The Red Sox have not yet asked for permission to talk to Sveum since the Milwaukee Brewers, for whom Sveum serves as hitting coach, are still in the postseason. The Brewers host the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 of the NLDS Friday night.

Sveum played for 12 seasons in the big leagues, almost half of those with Milwaukee. He also played for Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Oakland, Seattle, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox before retiring in 1999.

He managed three seasons at Double-A for Pittsburgh before joining the Red Sox' coaching staff in 2004. After leaving Boston, he returned to the Brewers, where, at various times he has served as the Brewers' third-base coach, bench coach, hitting coach, and, in 2008, their interim manager when Ned Yost was fired with 12 games to play.

The Brewers went 7-5 in those final 12 games, then lost in the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies in four games.

Sveum is among a handful of current major-league coaches the Red Sox are known to be considering for their managerial opening. Others include Tampa Bay's Dave Martinez, Philadelphia's Pete Mackanin and Cleveland's Sandy Alomar Jr.

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After strong bullpen session, Koji Uehara could be back by Labor Day

After strong bullpen session, Koji Uehara could be back by Labor Day

BOSTON - For a bullpen that could use all the help it can get right now, there's the prospect that Koji Uehara could rejoin the Red Sox on Labor Day.

Uehara, who's been out since July 20 with a strained pectoral muscle, threw a bullpen Monday at Fenway that impressed John Farrell.

"He came out of today's work session in good fashion,'' said Farrell. "It was 25 pitches to hitters with good intensity to both his fastball and split. It's been impressive to see how he's handled the volume, and now, three times on the mound, the intensity to his bullpens and BP.''

Next up for Uehara will be a bullpen session Wednesday morning, followed by a live batting practice session Saturday in Oakland.

Since both Pawtucket's and Portland's seasons are over on Labor Day, Uehara won't have the option of going on a rehab assignment to face hitters before being activated.

But the Sox believe that he can build arm strength through these side sessions and BP sessions -- enough so that he could return to the active roster soon.

"We'll re-assess where is after Sunday,'' said Farrell, "and I wouldn't rule out activation [after that]. What we've done with Koji is just review how he feels after each session and we'll take it from there.''

Uehara, 41, is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA, and while he's had a propensity for giving up homers (eight in just 36 innings), he had been throwing better before being injured.

And given the performance of the bullpen in general and the recent poor showings from Matt Barnes, the Sox would welcome Uehara back as soon as he's ready.

"The one thing that Koji has proven to us,'' noted Farrell, "is that, even with limited spring training work [in the past], he's been a very effective pitcher for us and obviously, he has a chance to make a very positive impact once he does return.''

Uehara's progress since late July has been a pleasant surprise for the Sox, who feared at the time of the injury that he might be done for the season.     

"To his credit,'' said Farrell, "he's worked his tail off and advanced fairly rapidly and he's withstanding the intensity that he's put into [the work]. A healthy Koji certainly adds to our bullpen.


Red Sox among ‘roughly half’ of MLB who’ll attend Tebow workout Tuesday

Red Sox among ‘roughly half’ of MLB who’ll attend Tebow workout Tuesday

Maybe Tim Tebow could be the eighth-inning guy? 

OK, OK. Maybe not. Still, the Red Sox will be among the “roughly half” of the MLB teams who will attend the former Heisman Trophy winner and Patriots’ 2013 training camp phenomenon’s baseball tryout on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Tebow is 29 and hasn’t played organized baseball since he was a junior in high school. He was an All-State performer in Florida back then.

Based on his accuracy and mechanics throwing a football, maybe DH would suit Tebow better than the mound.