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The Boston Red Sox have pushed back Wakefield's return to a week from Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Wakefield is recovering from a stress fracture in his rib and was supposed to pitch the Aug. 21 game against the New York Yankees, but the team has decided to wait.
Beckett remains winless in his last four starts following the Boston Red Sox's 7-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Beckett pitched six innings, allowing five runs while walking four batters. He also struck out six.
Ramirez's 27-game hitting streak which ended Sunday was the sixth longest in team history. Dom DiMaggio set the team record of 34 in 1949.
The Red Sox recalled Breslow on Monday in an effort to help their overworked and struggling bullpen. He was called up one day after relievers Manny Delcarmen, Craig Hansen and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched poorly in an 11-9 win over Baltimore.
Papelbon's 31 saves are six fewer than Kaz Sasaki's major league record of 37 for a rookie set in 2000 with Seattle.
Foulke felt stiffness in his back on Friday and the Boston Red Sox decided to keep him on the disabled list.
The Boston Red Sox rested Ortiz on Sunday as the team prepares for matchups against the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees.
The Providence Journal reported that Red Sox manager Terry Francona is targeting next weekend's series against the New York Yankees for Wakefield to return from a stress fracture in his rib cage. The knuckle-baller has not pitched since suffering the injury during a 5-4 Boston win over the Kansas City Royals on July 17.
Wakefield has begun throwing up to 120 feet, but has still not pitched off the mound. Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he hopes to have Wakefield pitching on the mound on Monday, but that a return to the rotation is still several weeks away.
Loretta was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning of the Boston Red Sox's game against the Kansas City Royals. X-rays on his elbow were negative, but he is considered day to day.
Mirabelli missed his third straight game on Tuesday after spraining his left ankle in Boston's 3-2 win on Friday at Tampa Bay. Red Sox manager Terry Francona hopes to have him back on Thursday.
Foulke continued his rehab assignment in Triple-A Pawtucket after being put on the disabled by the Boston Red Sox on June 12 with elbow tendinitis. The team is hoping to have him rejoin the team on Friday.
Ortiz became the first Boston Red Sox player to hit 40 home runs in three straight seasons with a fifth-inning homer Sunday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Ortiz hit his AL-best 40th homer this season off Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell. It was also his seventh homer off Tampa Bay this season.
Corey was designated for assignment on Saturday.
Lopez was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to Boston on Friday, a deal that gives the former All-Star another chance to play and provides the Red Sox a replacement for injured catcher Jason Varitek. The Orioles sent Lopez and cash to the Red Sox for a player to be named.
Lowell left Thursday's game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his foot. He will be examined Friday.
Wakefield is still undergoing rehabilitation for the stress fracture in his rib cage and is not expected to join the Red Sox for their six-game road trip. The right-hander has not thrown from a mound.
Varitek had arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday and was expected to begin rehabilitation immediately, though there was no timetable given for his return. The Boston Red Sox catcher left Monday's game after the third inning with a twisted left knee. He'd been hit on the knee Saturday when he blocked home plate and appeared to be favoring it while rounding second base Monday.
Ortiz hit his second game-winning hit in three days and fifth of the year with a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. Ortiz also had a solo homer in the third.
Varitek left Boston's game on Monday in the third inning with a twisted left knee. The Red Sox catcher had been hit on the knee on Saturday when he blocked home plate and seemed to be favoring it when he was rounding second base on Monday. He will have surgery on Thursday to repair a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee and could miss as much as four to six weeks.
The Red Sox acquired Corey from the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Clement, on the 15-day DL since June 15 with a shoulder strain, threw 60 to 65 pitches on a side session and felt no pain. "He'll do it again Monday," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Schilling earned his 13th victory of the season -- tying teammate Josh Beckett and Toronto's Roy Halladay for the most in the majors -- when he allowed four runs and six hits in six innings of Boston's 13-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
Beckett allowed three runs and five hits in six innings of Boston's 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday to become the first 13-game winner in the majors.
Hinske homered twice in the Blue Jays' 7-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday.
Wakefield was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday because of a stress fracture in the area of his rib cage. The move is retroactive to Tuesday. Boston manager Terry Francona said the right-handed knuckleballer will begin undergoing ultrasound and hydrotherapy on Monday. A bone scan revealed Wakefield has had "significant healing" in the injured area. "The No. 1 thing is get him to have range of motion without pain," Francona said.
Wakefield has a broken rib and is expected to spend at least three weeks on the disabled list, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Thursday. Francona said Wakefield doesn't remember how he injured himself. It might have been from sleeping on it wrong. "He's actually been pitching with pain in his ribs for about a month or six weeks," Francona said. "The DL is a definite."
Beckett signed a three-year extension with the Red Sox on Wednesday worth $30 million. Beckett is earning $4,325,000 this season but couldn't become a free agent until after 2007. The Red Sox locked him up through the '09 season, with a club option for 2010 that could bring the total value of the deal to $40 million if he reaches certain incentives.
Wakefield left Monday night's start against the Kansas City Royals after four innings with a strained upper back. After the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the veteran knuckleballer will have further tests on his ailing back Tuesday. Francona met with team doctor Thomas Gill immediately following the game in the skipper's office.
The Red Sox activated Pena from the 15-day disabled list in time for Tuesday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Harris was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday. The 28-year-old infielder batted .156 (7-for-45) with just one RBI and six stolen bases in 47 games for Boston this season.
Van Buren was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday in time for Boston's home game against the Kansas City Royals.
The Red Sox purchased Breslow's contract from Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday. Left-hander Lenny DiNardo was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Breslow.
Schilling's elbow swelled up after he was hit by a line drive by Chicago's Jim Thome in the sixth inning of the Red Sox's 6-5, 19-inning loss to the White Sox on Sunday. Schilling took a few warmup pitches, then completed the inning before being forced to leave the game as his right elbow swelled up.
Boston's Ramirez will miss the All-Star game because of a sore right knee. Ramirez was selected to his 10th All-Star team on Sunday as the starting left fielder for the American League, but was replaced on the team Friday by Detroit's Magglio Ordonez.
Ortiz hit two homers and had six RBIs in Thursday's 12-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Red Sox designated hitter had a two-run shot in the fifth and a grand slam in the ninth. Ortiz has six homers in the last six games and is tied with Chicago White Sox slugger Jim Thome for the American League lead with 29 home runs on the season.
Clement's first minor league rehabilitation start with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox lasted just one inning on Tuesday after he hurt his right biceps. The Boston right-hander has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 16 with a right shoulder strain. "He did go back out for the second inning and on the second warm-up pitch he walked off the mound," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He felt some biceps soreness, so we immediately shut him down."
Boston's Ramirez was selected to his 10th All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting left fielder for the American League. Ramirez is batting .309 with 22 homers and 60 RBIs this season.
Boston's Loretta was selected to his second All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting second baseman for the American League. Loretta is batting .317 with three homers and 34 RBIs this season.
Boston's Ortiz was selected to his third All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting first baseman for the American League. Ortiz is batting .276 with 26 homers and 75 RBIs this season.
Boston's Papelbon was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday as a relief pitcher for the American League. Papelbon is 2-1 with a 0.43 ERA and 25 saves this season.
Ramirez got the 2,000th hit of his career on Saturday night with a three-run homer against the Florida Marlins in Boston's 11-5 victory. He also had a two-run homer in the sixth, giving him 129 RBIs in interleague play, two behind Carlos Delgado for the most all-time.
Snow was released by the Red Sox on Tuesday, eight days after he was designated for assignment by the team. The backup first baseman was hitting .205 with no homers and four RBIs in 44 at-bats this season. He had appeared in 38 games.
Holtz was released by Boston on Monday after making just three appearances this season. The left-handed reliever had a 16.20 ERA through 1 2-3 innings.
Ortiz hit his seventh career walkoff homer to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3, 10-inning win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. With one out and Alex Cora on first, Ortiz hit a 2-2 pitch from Tom Gordon into the center-field bleachers.
Johnson was designated for assignment by Cleveland on Tuesday, giving the Indians 10 days to trade or release the right-hander. Johnson was signed as a free agent from Detroit in the offseason, but has been a huge disappointment. Since starting the season 2-0, he has gone 1-8 with a 7.38 ERA in his last 10 starts. He allowed six runs _ three earned _ and six hits in five innings in a 12-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, his last start.
Kapler was in the Boston lineup on Monday for the first time since rupturing his Achilles' tendon on Sept. 14 while running the bases and had two hits, including a double, as the Red Sox beat the Nationals 6-3. He had a pinch-hit single two nights earlier in Atlanta, but was in right field for his first start of the season.
Snow was designated for assignment on Monday. The Red Sox first baseman is batting .205 with no home runs and four RBIs in only 44 at-bats in 38 games this season.
Clement was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday (retroactive to June 15) with a right shoulder strain. He was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game, an 8-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Clement is 5-5 with a 6.61 ERA.
Timlin was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. The Boston Red Sox reliever was disabled on May 26 with a right shoulder strain after going 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 21 appearances.
Foulke was put on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to Monday, with right elbow tendinitis. The Boston Red Sox reliever is 2-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 29 appearances this season.
Wells was put on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday after the Boston left-hander experienced soreness on his right knee after pitching on Monday. The 43-year-old left his last start on Friday after taking a line drive off his knee. He is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in two starts.
Pena will have surgery on his left wrist on Thursday after an examination on Tuesday showed an injury to the hamate bone. He went on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday, retroactive to Saturday.
Pauley will make the start on Wednesday in place of the injured David Wells. The Red Sox right-hander was 2-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 10 starts with Double-A Portland. "It's a pretty significant jump. If I just stick to how I know how to pitch I think I will be all right," Pauley said
The Red Sox left-hander will miss a turn in the rotation because of a sore right knee. Wells left his last start after taking a line drive off his knee. He'll miss his scheduled start on Wednesday. He experienced soreness while throwing on flat ground Monday.
Timlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox on Sunday, due to a right shoulder strain. Manny Delcarmen was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take the roster spot created by the move.
Ramirez missed his second consecutive game for the Red Sox on Sunday, after being hampered by back and right knee injuries. There is no timetable for his return, as the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.
Pena was added to the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox on Sunday, due to a left wrist injury. The move creates a roster spot for Coco Crisp, who is coming off the disabled list.
Crisp was activated from the disabled list by the Red Sox after missing 42 games with a fractured finger on his left hand. The center fielder started and went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run in a 5-4 win for the Red Sox over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.
Delcarmen was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket by the Red Sox on Sunday to join the Boston bullpen as Mike Timlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.
Wells was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox, as he prepares to make his first start since April 12 on Friday against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The 43-year-old right-hander was sidelined with a sprained right knee.
Wells is reportedly set to pitch again Friday night after spending most of the season on the disabled list with a right knee injury that limited him to one ineffective start. The Boston Red Sox left-hander, on the disabled list since April 15, will start against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the opener of a three-games series, manager Terry Francona said Monday. "Is he going to be 100 percent sharpness? Maybe not," he said. "But that arm still works unbelievably well."
Beckett hit a solo home run and an RBI single in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Red Sox starting pitcher also pitched seven innings, allowing four runs and six hits for his third straight win.It was his second career home run.Beckett is the first Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run since Marty Pattin on Sept. 26, 1972.
Rehabbing a surgically repaired right knee, Wells threw 82 pitches in a four-inning simulated game on Tuesday. The Boston left-hander will make a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket Sunday, according to the Red Sox's Web site. Manager Terry Francona has said Wells will make one or two rehab starts for Pawtucket. If he rejoins the Red Sox after Sunday's outing, Wells could be back as soon as May 26 to start against Tampa Bay.
Television cameras during Beckett's Monday night start against Baltimore showed the Boston right-hander in the dugout checking the tip of the middle finger on his right hand. Beckett has had blister problems before, so the speculation is that he has a new blister issue. He downplayed the idea, telling the Red Sox's Web site that he was doing routine blister maintenance.
Beckett will start for the Red Sox against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday after his scheduled start at home against the Texas Rangers was rained out on Sunday.
Schilling left Yankee Stadium before Thursday night's game against New York to have a medical issue checked out. The Boston Red Sox wouldn't reveal the nature of the ailment, but team spokesman John Blake said the medical issue was not related to pitching. The Boston right-hander was back with the team before the start of Thursday's game.
The Baltimore Orioles placed Lopez on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a back strain. Baltimore's primary designated hitter and backup catcher has not played since April 27 after experiencing back spasms that led to the strain. Lopez is batting .221 with one home run and eight RBIs.
Wells continues to rehab a surgically repaired right knee that went under the knife over the winter. The Boston left-hander received the last of a series of cortisone injections Saturday, but he's still a ways away from returning. He's in his second stint on the disabled list and hasn't pitched since making his 2006 debut on April 12.
Lopez, who sat out Orioles games on Saturday and Sunday with back spasms, is out again Monday in Baltimore's series opener against Toronto at home. It was thought Lopez might return against the Jays, but he is not in the lineup and remains day-to-day.
The Boston Red Sox reacquired Mirabelli Monday, dealing backup catcher Josh Bard, minor league reliever Cla Meredith and either cash or a player to be named to the San Diego Padres.
Delcarmen was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket by the Red Sox on Saturday to join the Boston bullpen. As a result, fellow right-hander Jermaine Van Buren was optioned to Pawtucket.
Schilling worked his fourth straight winning start Wednesday, marking the first time in his career he has opened 4-0 through four outings. The Boston right-hander benefited from a seven-run third inning as the Red Sox defeated Tampa Bay 9-1. Schilling allowed a run and six hits in lowered his ERA from 1.64 to 1.61. He also tied Jim Bunning for 15th on the strikeouts list at 2,855 when he fanned Jonny Gomes in the sixth.
Mirabelli was removed from the Padres' starting lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta due to lower back stiffness. The 35-year-old catcher, just 2-for-8 in seven games this season, is listed as day-to-day.
Beckett allowed one earned run and six hits in seven innings, striking out five, in Boston's 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Choi was sent by the Red Sox to Triple-A Pawtucket for a rehabilitation assignment on Friday. The first baseman, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 24, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 1, retroactive to March 29, with a strained left hamstring.
Wells was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox on Wednesday to start against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 42-year-old southpaw was rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. Entering his 20th season in the majors, Wells was 15-7 with a 4.45 ERA in 30 starts with Boston in 2005.
Crisp agreed to a three-year, $15.5 million contract extension with the Red Sox on Wednesday. Crisp, on the disabled list with a broken finger, already was signed for this year at $2.75 million. The extension contains a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $3.5 million in 2007, $4.75 million in 2008 and $5.75 million in 2009.
Ortiz and the Red Sox agreed to a four-year contract extension on Monday, keeping the big slugger in Boston through 2010. Ortiz finished second in the AL MVP voting last season and is regarded as one of the best clutch hitters in the game.
Crisp will be sidelined for at least 10 days because of a fracture on the base of his index finger on his left hand. The newly acquired Red Sox center fielder injured the finger trying to steal third base in Boston's 2-1 victory over Baltimore on Saturday. No surgery is needed and Crisp's hand will be put in a splint.
Wells, who threw on the side Wednesday, will start Friday night for Triple-A Pawtucket. The 42-year-old left-hander, who is coming back from offseason knee surgery, is scheduled to make his first start for the Red Sox on April 12 against Toronto.
Varitek was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in Boston's 7-3 win over Texas Monday. The veteran catcher improved to .423 (11-for-26) with five doubles, a homer, four runs and three RBIs over his seven opening day starts.
Schilling looked like the Schilling of old in Boston's 7-3 win over Texas in Monday's opener. The right-hander struck out five and allowed five hits and two runs over seven strong innings to get the win. "I saw him pitching the last game he pitched in spring training and it was obvious he was right back where he likes to be," said David Ortiz, who was 3-for-5 with three RBIs against the Rangers.
The Red Sox placed Wells on the 15-day disabled list Saturday. The starting left-handed pitcher was placed on the DL retroactive to March 28 and is expected to make his first start on April 12.
A few days after saying Lopez would be his opening day first baseman, Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo has changed his mind. The Orioles have temporarily halted Lopez's conversion to first, and the veteran catcher will serve as Baltimore's designated hitter for the time being.
Tavarez was suspended for 10 days and fined Thursday for his role in a brawl with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays this week. The Boston reliever punched Tampa Bay's Joey Gathright lightly on the jaw after a play at home plate. The penalty would start next Monday, when Boston plays its season opener, unless the players' association appeals.
Foulke struck out the side against Triple-A Ottawa in his spring debut Friday, worked another 1-2-3 inning Saturday and a scoreless frame for the Red Sox on Monday. The Boston closer seems to be progressing well from surgery on both knees over the last year.
Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo told the Baltimore Sun Sunday that Lopez will be the Orioles' first baseman on opening day. The veteran catcher has been working behind the plate as well as learning a new position this spring, and Perlozzo said he will allow Lopez to continue his on-the-job training at first when the season starts.
The Boston Red Sox claimed Choi off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday. The first baseman gives the Red Sox a third option at first behind Kevin Youkilis and J.T. Snow.
Foulke, who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, is expected to work a minor league game on Friday. If all goes well, the Boston closer could face major league hitters in game action Saturday. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last July and had his right knee repaired over the winter.
Foulke threw 12 of his 21 pitches for strikes during a scoreless inning of a simulated game on Saturday. Foulke will throw again Sunday, when he is expected to receive a third injection of a joint lubricant. Foulke should make his spring training debut later in the week.
Wells made his first game appearance of the spring Thursday, following offseason surgery on his right knee. The Boston left-hander said he felt "pretty good" after his outing.
Foulke threw batting practice for the first time this spring on Friday, several days after receiving injections of a joint lubricant in both knees. The injections will be given in a series of three, with the next ones planned for Saturday. The process could be repeated during the season if necessary. The Boston closer is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on July 7 and on his right knee after the season.
Flaherty retired Tuesday after a 14-year career. The veteran catcher, who signed with Boston in December after spending the last three seasons with the Yankees, batted .165 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 47 games with New York in 2005. Flaherty was a .252 lifetime hitter who collected 80 homers and 395 RBIs in 1,047 games.
Wells has rescinded his offseason request to be traded. The Boston left-hander will stick with the Red Sox, though he also said Sunday that it's "99.9 percent" likely that the upcoming season will be his last. Wells, who turns 43 on May 20, was 15-7 with a 4.45 ERA for Boston in 2005, his 18th year in the majors.
Manny's back. Ramirez showed up at Boston's spring training camp Wednesday, the day the Red Sox said was the slugger's adjusted reporting date. His arrival in Florida ends speculation that Ramirez might stay away from camp after requesting a trade during the offseason. The Red Sox say they did not receive an adequate offer for their star player.
Ramirez has been given permission to report to Boston's spring training camp on March 1, six days after the team's first full-squad workout and one day after the league's mandatory reporting date. The Red Sox's outfielder, who hit .292 last season with 45 home runs and 144 RBIs, asked the team through his agent to trade him during the offseason. However, Boston was unable to find a deal to its liking.
Schilling said Saturday that he is healthy for the first time in nearly two years, and his goal is to once again work a 200-inning season. The Boston right-hander managed to surpass that mark in 2004, when he worked 226 2/3 innings en route to a 21-6 record and 3.26 ERA before pitching in the 2004 playoffs with an ankle injury that required surgery that November. Schilling didn't fully recover and was 8-8 with a 5.69 ERA in 93 1/3 innings last summer.
Beckett and the Red Sox settled their arbitration case on Saturday, agreeing to a one-year contract for $4,325,000. The 25-year-old right-hander was traded to Boston from the Marlins on Thanksgiving along with third baseman Mike Lowell and reliever Guillermo Mota for four prospects. Beckett, who was the MVP of the 2003 World Series, can become a free agent after the 2007 season.
The Boston Red Sox invited Kapler, who is still recovering from a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, to join spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 30-year-old Kapler suffered the injury in Toronto on Sept. 14, leaving doubts that he would be healthy enough for spring training.
The Cincinnati Reds and Pena agreed to a one-year deal Sunday. The right-handed-hitting outfielder, who turns 24 on Jan. 23, batted .254 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs in 99 games last season. While Pena has shown good power since joining the Reds in 2002, he struck out 116 times in 311 at-bats in 2005. He drew just 20 walks.
The Cleveland Indians signed Johnson to a one-year contract Monday. The right-handed pitcher was 8-13 with a 4.54 ERA in 33 starts for the Detroit Tigers last season.
Flaherty has agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Boston Red Sox. The 38-year-old catcher, who could earn another $100,000 if he is on the team's Opening Day roster next season, spent the 2005 campaign with the New York Yankees, batting just .165 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 47 games.
The Cubs traded Van Buren to the Red Sox on Thursday for a player to be named later or cash. The 25-year-old righthander made his Major League debut on Aug. 31 and went 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six relief appearances for Chicago. He had a franchise-record 25 saves for Class AAA Iowa last season before being called up to the Majors.
Lowell, along with RHP Josh Beckett and reliever Guillermo Mota, was traded to the Boston Red Sox Friday for four prospects. The Marlins' third baseman won a Gold Glove this season and hit .236 with eight HRs and 58 RBIs.
Beckett, along with third baseman Mike Lowell and reliever Guillermo Mota, was traded to the Boston Red Sox Friday for four prospects. The Marlins' RHP went 15-8 last season with a 3.38 ERA and had 166 strikeouts. He's eligible for salary arbitration and expected to make between $4-5 million next season.
The Red Sox released Kapler from their 40-man roster last Friday.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting that with the Marlins looking to slash the payroll for 2006, the team may start shopping Lowell and Carlos Delgado when the annual general manager meetings take place next week.
Timlin and the Boston Red Sox have come to terms on a one-year, $3.5 million deal for the 2006 season. One of the few steady performers in the Boston pen in 2005, the 39-year-old right-hander was 7-3 with 13 saves and a 2.24 ERA in 81 relief appearances.
Ramirez has told Red Sox owner John Henry that he wants to be traded and will not report to spring training if he isn't dealt. Ramirez has the right to veto any possible deal. The outfielder hit .292 with 45 home runs and 144 RBI in 2005.
Wells is expected to have surgery on his right knee in upcoming weeks. The Boston lefthander was bothered by the knee late in the season and endured cortisone shots, the last of which was administered on September 21. He pitched through the discomfort and finished with a 15-7 record and 4.45 ERA in 30 starts.
The Boston Red Sox have revealed that Nixon underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on October 14. The injury reportedly bothered the Red Sox' right fielder down the stretch and probably affected his performance. He batted .275 with 13 homers and 67 RBI in 124 games this season, but was limited to a .241 average with just 14 extra-base hits in 158 second-half at-bats.
Should the Red Sox meet Cleveland in a playoff game on Monday, manager Terry Francona has stated that Clement will be the team's starting pitcher.
For the second time in less than a year, Gonzalez was scheduled to have arthroscopic elbow surgery on Thursday. The Florida shortstop will have bone chips removed as well as undergo a general cleanup of the elbow. He also had loose bodies removed during the offseason.
Pena hyperextended his lower back when he crashed into the wall diving for Bill Hall's line drive in the fourth inning of Cincinnati's 11-4 win over Milwaukee. Pena hit his head and left shoulder and remained on the ground for five minutes before getting up. The Reds' outfielder was taken off the field on a cart.
Beckett has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham on Monday. Reportedly the visit to the orthopedic specialist isn't because a serious problem is suspected, but simply because Beckett wants to feel certain that the shoulder tendinitis that has bothered him since mid-August is nothing more than that. The Marlins' righthander will skip his final start of the season on Wednesday.
Stern's season is over, as the Boston prospect flew to Los Angeles on Sunday to undergo surgery on his right labrum. A Rule 5 pick from Atlanta, the 25-year-old outfielder was 2-for-15 (.133) with a homer during a 2005 season made brief by a fractured right thumb and his shoulder injury.
Foulke returned to Boston on Thursday for an examination of the left knee that has been problematic all season and required surgery on July 7. An ESPN report is saying that the Red Sox' closer, who was so critical to the team's championship success a year ago, is done for the season.
Ortiz stroked two-run homers in the first and third innings against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, giving the American League home-run leader 46 on the season. The Red Sox' designated hitter drove in five runs in a 15-2 Boston romp over the Devil Rays. Ortiz, who is batting .302 on the season, also leads the AL in RBI with 140.
An inflamed right knee left Wells at less than his best on Monday, and the Boston lefthander lasted just 2.2 innings against Tampa Bay. He gave up 10 hits, two walks and four earned runs before departing in the third.
Snow's ailing hamstring, which he injured a week ago running out a base hit, is likely to keep the San Francisco first baseman on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. Pedro Feliz and Lance Niekro have been covering first base in Snow's absence.
Not only did Youkilis partially tear the fingernail off his right ring finger when fielding a grounder on Sunday, the 26-year-old third baseman also fractured the ring finger. An X-ray confirmed a slight fracture near the tip of the digit. Initial reports are that Youkilis will be unavailable for roughly a week.
The Boston Red Sox recalled Hansen, the 26th overall pick in June out of St. John's University, from their Double-A Portland affiliate. The 21-year-old righthander worked 12.2 innings at rookie-ball Fort Myers and Portland, giving up 11 hits and a walk. The 6-foot-6 Hansen fanned 14 and didn't allow a run. He debuted with a perfect inning of work against Tampa Bay on Monday, and he fanned two of the three batters he faced.
Youkilis injured the ring finger on his right hand while fielding a grounder during the seventh inning of Boston's lopsided loss to Oakland on Sunday. The Red Sox' third baseman partially tore the fingernail off the finger and may have broken a bone. He will visit a hand specialist Monday to determine if the finger is broken.
Gonzalez received a cortisone shot last weekend for the tender elbow that has kept him on the sidelines since September 7. The Florida shortstop, who has been rehabbing the injury on his own, won't rejoin his teammates until the Marlins return from a road trip this weekend.
Playing for injured center fielder Johnny Damon on Wednesday night, Kapler ruptured his left Achilles tendon while running the bases following Tony Graffanino's fifth-inning homer. Kapler rounded second base hard and tumbled to the ground between second and third. He was carried off on a cart, and rookie Alejandro Machado came on to finish running the bases for him.
Machado, a 23-year-old switch-hitter, is playing center field for the Red Sox in Wednesday night's game in Toronto. Recalled on September 1, he entered the game after Gabe Kapler ruptured his left Achilles tendon while running the bases in the fifth inning. Machado may get a start or two while starting center fielder Johnny Damon is out for a few days with an ailing shoulder. Kapler was playing in place of Damon.
After missing one game due to a tight back, Ortiz returned to the Boston lineup on Monday and belted two home runs, including the game-winner in the 11th inning. It was the eighth multihomer game of the season for the Red Sox' designated hitter.
The Boston Red Sox recalled Delcarmen on Tuesday. The 23-year-old righthander was 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA, two saves and 23 strikeouts in 21 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. He was 4-4 with two saves and a 3.23 ERA in 31 relief appearances at Double-A Portland. In two brief stints with the Red Sox, Delcarmen posted a 4.76 ERA in six games.
Gonzalez' elbow has worsened as the 2005 season has wore on. The Florida shortstop sat out Monday's loss to Washington, and he could miss a lot of time down the stretch. Another MRI exam on his elbow is scheduled for Tuesday.
Wells returned from his six-game suspension Sunday and pitched a complete game in a 5-1 win over Baltimore at Fenway Park. The 42-year-old lefthander scattered seven hits and struck out four to improve his record to 12-6 with a 4.24 ERA in 25 outings.
The Red Sox have recalled DiNardo from Triple-A Pawtucket. The pitcher has appeared in four games with Boston this season, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA.
Although he was touched for a couple of runs and four hits at short-season Class-A Lowell on Wednesday, Foulke was activated from the disabled list Thursday by the Boston Red Sox. The Boston closer underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on July 7, and he'll be making his first major league appearance since the Fourth of July.
For a fifth time in 2005, Youkilis will join the Boston Red Sox. The third-base prospect was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday, two weeks after he was sent to the Triple-A affiliate. Youkilis finished the minor league season with a .322 average, .459 on-base percentage and .592 slugging mark in 43 games. He had 15 doubles, eight homers and 27 RBI. For the Red Sox, he is a .288 hitter in 35 games. He has posted a .390 OBP with Boston.
The Boston Red Sox optioned Delcarmen to Triple-A Pawtucket Thursday, eliminating his chances of being on the postseason roster. The 23-year-old righthander had been recalled a day earlier, and in two stints with the Red Sox this season, he made six appearances and posted a 4.76 ERA.
On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox recalled righthander Manny Delcarmen from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned Alvarez to the same affiliate. The lefthanded Alvarez made his major league debut on Sunday, working a scoreless frame against Detroit. On Monday, Tampa Bay roughed up the 22-year-old southpaw for six hits and four runs in one inning.
The Boston Red Sox recalled Delcarmen from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. The 23-year-old righthander, who made his major league debut on July 26, posted a 4.76 ERA in six relief appearances during his first stint with the Red Sox. At Pawtucket, Delcarmen was 2-1 with two saves and a 1.50 ERA in 13 relief appearances.
The Chicago White Sox placed starting third baseman Joe Crede on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a fractured finger and recalled Harris from Triple-A Charlotte. The 27-year-old utilityman has batted .217 with a .287 on-base percentage in 40 games with the Sox earlier this season. At Charlotte, Harris was hitting .266 with a .360 OBP in 28 games.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs officially put Kerry Wood on the 15-day disabled list to have shoulder surgery and recalled Van Buren from Triple-A Iowa to take his spot in the Cubs' bullpen. In 52 relief appearances for Iowa, the 25-year-old righthander is 2-3 with a 1.98 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 54.2 innings.
Wells has started to serve his time for the six-game suspension he received in July for making contact with two umpires during a game. He lost his recent appeal, so the Red Sox' lefthander will be out of action until Saturday, when he will start at home against Baltimore. Well is 11-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 24 starts this season.
Schilling absorbed a 7-4 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Royals when making his first start since April 23. In five innings, he allowed nine hits, one walk and six runs, all earned, while striking out five. The outing bumped his ERA to 6.89 as his record fell to 5-6 on the year.
Lopez went 3-for-3 with a game-winning two-run homer in the Orioles' 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday.
The Blue Jays designated Huckaby for assignment, calling up Guillermo Quiroz from Triple-A Syracuse.
Due to his continued struggles at the plate, Lowell has been removed from the Florida Marlins starting lineup by manager Jack McKeon, at least for the time being. In his absence, Miguel Cabrera will shift to third base, while Jeff Conine should see more time in the outfield.
DiNardo was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. He made just one appearance since his August 20 call up, and three games all told this year, posting a 10.80 ERA in 1.2 innings of work.
Wells will have his appeal of his six-game suspension heard tomorrow.
The Red Sox activated Nixon in time to play Friday's game against the Royals. The right fielder had been on the disabled list since straining his left oblique muscle on July 27. Nixon was in the starting lineup, and playing right field.
With Curt Schilling returning to the Red Sox rotation this week, Timlin will assume the closer role, at least until Keith Foulke rounds into shape after coming off the disabled list.
Pena reached base in four of his five plate appearances in Sunday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Both of the outfielder's hits were three-run home runs, giving him a career-high six RBI. Pena now has six multihomer games in his major league career.
As a precautionary measure, the Boston Red Sox have moved Wakefield's next start from Wednesday to Saturday, giving him some extra time to recover from a bruised right ankle/shin. The knuckleballer took a line drive off his leg in Thursday's meeting with the Los Angeles Angels.
DiNardo was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket by the Boston Red Sox in time for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The lefthander takes the roster spot of Adam Stern, who is sidelined with a sprained thumb. In three relief appearances with the Red Sox this season, DiNardo has allowed two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Stern has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox, due to a sprained right thumb. The rookie outfielder, who will be replaced on the roster by reliever Lenny DiNardo, has appeared in 30 games with the Sox this season, going 2-for-15 with a home run, two RBI and a stolen base.
Curt Schilling is slated to make his return to Boston's starting rotation Thursday night when he will face the Kansas City Royals. Schilling is 5-5 with a 6.37 ERA in 23 games this season, 20 of those appearances coming in relief. He has converted nine of 11 save opportunites as the Red Sox closer, but was inconsistent in that role.
Foulke was hit on the elbow by a line drive while throwing a simulated game on Friday. But the reliever was not seriously injured, and is scheduled to throw again on Tuesday. If all goes well, the reliever could soon begin a minor league rehab stint.
Wakefield was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Angels in the fifth inning after taking a comebacker to his right ankle. X-rays were negative, but his status for his next start is uncertain at this time.
Foulke will throw batting practice today, and could begin a minor league rehab assignment as early as next week if all goes well.
Coming off his second complete game of the 2005 campaign, Beckett scattered four hits over seven shutout innings to record the win in Thursday's 2-0 victory over Jake Peavy and the San Diego Padres. The Marlins' righthander, who struck out six and walked two on the night, has won five of his last six decisions, including four straight.
Olerud has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox. The first baseman is returning from a strained left hamstring. Kevin Youkilis was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for Olerud.
On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox activated John Olerud from the disabled list and returned Youkilis to Triple-A Pawtucket. In four stints with the Red Sox this season, the 26-year-old third baseman is hitting .288 with a .390 OBP in 35 games.
To make room for Boston's Tuesday starter against Detroit, Jon Papelbon, the Red Sox optioned Delcarmen to Triple-A Pawtucket. Delcarmen, a promising 23-year-old righthander, worked four scoreless relief appearances and was roughed up in a fifth during his first major league stint. He posted a 5.79 ERA.
On Monday, the Boston Red Sox recalled Papelbon, who will start in place of the injured Wade Miller against Detroit on Tuesday. The promising pitching prospect made his major league debut against Minnesota on July 31, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings in his only big league appearance. In the minors this season, Papelbon is 6-4 with a 2.59 ERA between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.
Grieving over the recent loss of a family friend, Beckett fired a complete-game four-hitter at the San Francisco Giants, striking out seven in a 2-1 win.
Foulke threw off a mound Wednesday for the second time since undergoing surgery on his left knee in early July. The Red Sox' closer said his second session went much better than his first, as there was a crispness to his offerings Wednesday. His third mound session has been pushed back to Saturday, as Foulke will throw off flat ground on Friday. His status will be assessed over the weekend.
Youkilis was called up by the Red Sox to fill the roster spot of Jose Cruz Jr., who was designated for assignment on Monday. It is a quick recall for the 26-year-old, as he had been sent down on July 20 to make room for fellow infielder Tony Graffanino.
Snyder was sent down to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. The pitcher is 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA in nine games (three starts)with the Kansas City Royals this season. Snyder will continue to be a starter at Omaha.
It's possible Ramirez could be back in the Boston lineup Friday night, when the Red Sox will be playing in Minnesota. The Red Sox' left fielder is fine in terms of his tender ribs and his nose. The only issue is one of his eyes. It's very red, possibly because of some blood buildup there, which has blurred his vision. If he is seeing fine by game time, Ramirez should be on the Metrodome turf for Friday night's contest.
The Boston Red Sox placed Olerud on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a mild left hamstring strain. He injured the hammy running the bases in the seventh inning of Boston's 4-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday. The first baseman, who was batting .287 with three homers and 18 RBI in 87 at-bats for Boston, has a history of hamstring problems.
Ramirez and teammate Edgar Renteria collided in the outfield while chasing a flyball in the second inning of Boston's 8-5 win over Kansas City on Wednesday. Ramirez departed after suffering contusions to the right side of his chest and right cheek in the collision. His departure also came after he stroked a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, giving the Red Sox a 3-0 edge.
On Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week, Foulke was scheduled for his first three throwing sessions since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on July 7. After his final one on Friday, Foulke will be evaluated again to decide if he needs to go on a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Red Sox' bullpen.
The Boston Red Sox optioned Papelbon back to Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, following his solid debut against Minnesota Sunday. The 24-year-old righthander handled his first big league assignment well before walking the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He managed to work his way out of trouble, finishing with four hits, five walks and two earned runs allowed over 5.1 frames. He struck out seven Twins, but didn't get the decision in a 4-3 Boston victory.
To make room for trade acquisition Geoff Blum, the Chicago White Sox optioned Harris to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. Harris hasn't been able to get his bat going this season, hitting .217 and slugging .228 in 92 at-bats for the White Sox.
A few days after he was recalled, DiNardo was returned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday to make room for the day's starting pitcher, Jon Papelbon. After three stints with the Red Sox this season, the 25-year-old lefthander has worked 1.1 scoreless innings and struck out two. DiNardo is 5-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts for Pawtucket.
An MRI exam of Nixon's oblique muscle confirmed that he has a Grade 2 tear. Boston manager Terry Francona expects Nixon to play again this season, but there isn't a timetable in place for him.
The San Diego Padres placed veteran Chris Hammond on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a neck sprain and recalled Breslow to take his spot in the bullpen. The rookie southpaw had made his major league debut during a one-day stay nearly a week ago, and he returns having worked 1.2 scoreless innings in the majors. The 24-year-old lefty was 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 40 relief appearances at Double-A Mobile this season.
One of Boston's premier pitching prospects, Papelbon was recalled by the Red Sox Sunday to make the day's start against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. The 24-year-old righthander is 6-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 18 starts between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in 2005.
The Boston Red Sox recalled Kapler from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The outfielder completed a rehab stint at Pawtucket after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain shortly after re-joining the Red Sox following a disappointing stint playing in Japan.
Clement could return to Boston's starting rotation as soon as Thursday. The 30-year-old righthander left the field on a stretcher at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, when he was hit in the head by a line drive.
Wednesday was a pre-arranged day off for Ramirez, but after Trot Nixon had to go on the disabled list for an oblique injury, Boston manager Terry Francona approached Ramirez about his lineup issues after Tuesday night's game. Ramirez maintained he still needed the day off, so on Wednesday, Francona inserted Kevin Millar into left field and started rookie Adam Stern in right.
Kapler is eligible to come off the disabled list this weekend, and he tuned up for his major league return by finishing a double short of the cycle in Wednesday's game for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Nixon was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. In 89 games this year, the Red Sox' right fielder is hitting .293 with 11 home runs, 50 RBI, a .372 on base percentage and .479 slugging mark.
Clement was released from the hospital on Wednesday, and will join the Red Sox on their trip to Boston.
DiNardo was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. The 25-year-old lefthander was 5-2 with a 3.32 ERA in 17 starts for Pawtucket.
Schilling took the loss in a 4-3 decision against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when Aubrey Huff reached him for an RBI double with two outs in the 10th inning Monday night. It was Boston's first extra inning game in 99 outings this year, the longest stretch from the beginning of the season in major league history.
Delcarmen has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket by the Boston Red Sox, replacing struggling lefthander John Halama in the bullpen. The righthander began the season at Double-A Portland, going 4-4 with a 3.23 ERA and three saves in 31 games. He then was bumped up a level and posted a 2.79 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 9.2 innings with the Triple-A club.
Out of Baltimore's lineup with a broken hand since May 24, Lopez is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Monday, before the Orioles host the Texas Rangers in the opener of a four-game set. The Orioles' catcher was behind the plate Sunday at Double-A Bowie, and both the catcher and Bowie manager Don Werner said that Lopez was good to go.
Snow was absent from the Giants' lineup in Sunday's meeting with the Florida Marlins after leaving the team's previous game with a sore lower back. The veteran first baseman, who was replaced by Lance Niekro, said the injury is minor, and he doesn't expect to miss much time. He is listed as day-to-day.
Due to some discomfort in hs right elbow, Gonzalez has been absent from the Marlins' starting lineup the last two games. According to manager Jack McKeon, the ailment, which bothers the shortstop primarily on his throws, is not serious and should not warrant a trip to the 15-day disabled list. With an off-day on Monday, the Marlins are hoping that Gonzalez will be ready for Tuesday's meeting with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Marlins activated Beckett from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday in time for the righthander to start against the Giants. Beckett, who has been out since straining his left oblique muscle on July 5, worked six strong innings against San Francisco to earn his ninth victory of the 2005 season. He struck out seven without issuing a free pass and allowed just four hits.
Snyder was recalled by the Kansas City Royals from Triple-A Omaha in order to start Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. To make room on the roster, the Royals sent J.P Howell down to Omaha. Snyder is 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in six relief appearances with Kansas City on the season. He was sent down to Omaha last week after being activated off of the disabled list.
After pulling himself out of Wednesday's win over Tampa Bay with a tight hamstring, Ramirez was back in the Boston lineup Thursday night against the White Sox. After White Sox third baseman Joe Crede dropped a foul ball off his bat in the ninth inning, the Red Sox' left fielder stroked a game-winning home run off reliever Luis Vizcaino for a 6-5 victory.
Pulling himself out of the game, Ramirez left with a tight hamstring during the fourth inning of Boston's win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday. His status is uncertain for the Red Sox' four-game series with Chicago, which begins Thursday night.
Schilling pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the second straight night on Tuesday, and this time he earned his first save since 1992. He secured Boston's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay with a 1-2-3 ninth. Schilling now is 1-3 with a 7.48 ERA and a save in seven games (three starts).
Lopez is off to Double-A Bowie to begin a minor league rehab assignment. The Orioles' catcher is expected to play four games in the minors. At that point, Lopez probably would rejoin his Baltimore teammates if he doesn't suffer a setback. He could be activated from the disabled list as soon as Monday, when the Orioles will host Texas.
Trade acquisition Tony Graffanino joined the Boston Red Sox in time to start Wednesday afternoon's tilt against Tampa Bay, and the Red Sox optioned Youkilis back to Triple-A Pawtucket to make room for him. The third-base prospect has spent three stints in Boston this season, hitting .286 with a .384 on-base percentage in 73 plate appearances.
Seanez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, retroactive to July 8. The righthander, who is nursing a strained pitching shoulder, will be replaced on the roster by second baseman Mark Loretta. He hopes return to the Padres' bullpen later this month.
Out with a broken hand since May 24, Lopez could start a minor league rehab assignment by the weekend. The Orioles would like their starting catcher to get roughly 25 at-bats in the minors, so Lopez could be returning to the Baltimore lineup within the next two weeks.
Loretta has been activated from the 60-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres, and he is expected to return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's meeting with the New York Mets. The second baseman, who takes the roster spot of injured righthander Rudy Seanez, has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in mid-May.
Beckett has been penciled in to start Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants, barring any last-minute setbacks in his recovery from a strained left oblique muscle. The Marlins' righthander lasted just two innings in an outing against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 5 before leaving with the injury. In 16 starts this season, Beckett is 8-6 with a 3.35 ERA and one complete game shutout.
Youkilis is back with the Boston Red Sox after the club put Mark Bellhorn on the 15-day disabled list Monday for a sprained left thumb. Youkilis was sent down late last week, when Curt Schilling returned to the Red Sox. The 26-year-old third baseman is batting .286 (13-for-63) with six doubles and nine RBI in 31 games for Boston. He also has eight walks and a .384 on-base percentage.
Lopez admitted that he's not yet back to 100 percent, but he reported no discomfort in his hand after taking batting practice over the weekend. The Orioles' starting catcher has been out since breaking the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand on May 24, and he's not expected to return to action for at least another week.
The Boston Red Sox signed Gabe Kapler on Saturday and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back. Kapler, who hit .272 with Boston as a reserve outfielder in 2004, signed in the offseason with the Yomiuri Giants , but struggled with the Japanese club and was released last week.
Wells was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball on Friday for making contact with two umpires during a game against Toronto on July 2. The Boston lefthander also was fined an undisclosed amount of cash.
Schilling's first ninth-inning appearance didn't go well on Thursday. Entering a 6-6 tie with the New York Yankees, Boston's ace-turned-reliever gave up a double to Gary Sheffield and a game-winning homer to Alex Rodriguez before retiring a batter. Then Schilling settled down and recorded three straight outs. The Red Sox lost 8-6, after Mariano Rivera came in and struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth.
As long as no problems are reported during a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Portland this weekend, Loretta will be activated from the 15-day disabled list next Tuesday, when the Padres begin a three-game series with the New York Mets. The second baseman has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in mid-May.
On Wednesday, the Boston Red Sox activated Schilling from the disabled list. The Boston ace will be working in the bullpen for the time being, in an effort to build up his arm strength as well as bolster a pen that has been a weakness in recent weeks. The veteran righthander, who has been sidelined since April 23 with a bone bruise in his right ankle, is 1-2 with an 8.15 ERA. He's struck out 20 batters, walked three and allowed three home runs in 17.2 innings of work.
As part of the roster moves that included Curt Schilling coming off the disabled list and Chad Bradford arriving from Oakland, the Boston Red Sox optioned Youkilis to Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday. The third baseman batted .286 (18-for-63) with six doubles, a homer and nine RBI in 31 games for the Red Sox.
Two months after going on the disabled list for a strained right shoulder, Snyder was activated from the DL by the Kansas Royals Thursday and optioned to Triple-A Omaha. The 27-year-old righthander posted a 4.15 ERA in six relief appearances for the Royals before he was injured.
On Sunday, Schilling declared himself ready to return to the Red Sox' active roster after pitching for the third consecutive day at Triple-A Pawtucket. The veteran righthander, who has been sidelined since April 23 with a bone bruise in his right ankle, is slated to pitch in relief for the time being, as he works his arm back into game shape. He should eventually move back into the starting rotation.
In his second relief appearance for Pawtucket, Schilling set down the side in order on just seven pitches.
Kapler was waived by the Yomiuri Giants, and is expected to sign a deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Boston manager Terry Francona said it is "realistic" that Schilling could be active for the Red Sox's series with the Yankees that begins July 14, although he denies the club is rushing the pitcher's recovery in order to him him available for that series.
Clement was named to the American League All-Star team Saturday, replacing the injured Roy Halladay. Clement is 10-2 with a 3.85 ERA for the Boston Red Sox this season.
Schilling made a ninth-inning relief appearance for the Red Sox' Triple-A Pawtucket club on Thursday, allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out two.
Suffering from a left oblique strain, Beckett was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6.
After taking batting practice without any problems on Wednesday, Loretta said he is on schedule to return to the Padres lineup on July 19, when he's eligible to be activated. The second baseman has been sidelined since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb in mid-May. Prior to his stint on the 15-day disabled list, Loretta was batting .300 with 13 RBI and six stolen bases.
The Boston Red Sox placed Foulke on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left knee injury. On Thursday, the Red Sox' closer will undergo arthroscopic surgery in Boston. More should be known about the length of Foulke's rehab following Thursday's procedure. The struggling closer is 5-5 with 15 saves in 19 chances and a 6.23 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox placed Foulke on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left knee injury. On Thursday, the Red Sox' closer will undergo arthroscopic surgery in Boston, and he's expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks. The struggling closer is 5-5 with 15 saves in 19 chances and a 6.23 ERA.
The Cleveland Indians have traded Cora to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for fellow infielder Ramon Vazquez. Cora has struggled in 49 games with the Indians this season, batting just .205 with one home run, eight RBI and six stolen bases.
Beckett was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Chicago Cubs, but he will miss the outing after straining a left oblique muscle in Tuesday's loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Marlins will keep an eye on the righthander over the next few days to determine if a trip to the 15-day disabled list will be necessary. He recently returned from a stint on the DL, due to a blister on his pitching hand. In 16 starts this season, Beckett is 8-6 with a 3.35 ERA.
With room on the roster needed for infielder Alex Cora, who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox have optioned DiNardo back to Triple-A Pawtucket. The lefthander did not appear in a game after being recalled earlier this week. He has had two brief stints with the Red Sox this season.
Stern has been activated from the 60-day disabled list by the Boston Red Sox after missing some time with a broken right thumb and sore hamstring. During a recent minor league rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket, the outfielder batted .303 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 18 games and strung together a 16-game hit streak. He will be making his major league debut.
Schilling will pitch out of the bullpen while recovering from his ankle injury, Red Sox manager Terry Francona told a Boston-area radio station on Wednesday. The 38-year-old righthander will pitch in relief for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday and probably throw at least one more time in the minors after that, Francona said.
With Keith Foulke sidelined with a left knee injury, Timlin protected a 7-4 Boston lead with a 1-2-3 inning in Tuesday's final frame to pick up his second save of the season. Timlin has been solid in 2005, posting a 3-1 record and 1.73 ERA in 41 appearances for the Red Sox.
In Boston's 7-4 victory over Texas Tuesday, Ramirez stroked his third grand slam of 2005 to give him 20 slams over 13 big league seasons. The Red Sox' left fielder jumped over Eddie Murray (19) on the all-time list, and now the only major leaguer with more slams is Lou Gehrig with 23.
Schilling struggled Monday night in what was supposed to be his final minor league rehab outing before returning to Boston's rotation. The 38-year-old righthander allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. He immediately flew to Texas, where he would join the Red Sox and meet with team management Tuesday to debate the next step in his rehab.
In what has been a difficult season for Boston's closer, Foulke has been roughed up in two of his last three outings. On Monday, he entered in the ninth inning to protect a 5-4 Red Sox lead and allowed a Michael Young triple, an RBI double from Mark Teixeira and Kevin Mench's game-winning single while retiring only one batter.
Foulke will leave the Red Sox and return to Boston to determine if a knee problem is the cause of his struggles this season. The closer will have MRI exams performed on both knees to see if they have played a role in his 2005 performance. He is 5-5 with 15 saves in 19 chances and a 6.23 ERA after a stellar 2004 campaign.
Foulke will leave the Red Sox and return to Boston to determine if discomfort in his left knee is contributing to his struggles this season. The closer, who decided against arthroscopic sugery on his left knee during the offseason, will have MRI exams performed on both knees. He is 5-5 with 15 saves in 19 chances and a 6.23 ERA after a stellar 2004 campaign.
Only one start removed from the disabled list, Josh Beckett left Tuesday's game in the third inning with a left oblique strain. Beckett only threw 45 pitches before having to be removed by Marlins' trainer Mike Kozak and manager Jack McKeon. Beckett was charged for six hits and three runs threw two full innings of work. He was replaced in the game by Al Leiter.
Only one start removed from the disabled list, Beckett left Tuesday's game in the third inning with a left oblique strain. Beckett, who recently missed some time with a blister on his pitching hand, only threw 45 pitches before having to be removed by manager Jack McKeon. Prior to his departure, the Marlins' righthander had allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four and walking none in two innings of work.
Pena extended his hitting streak to a career-best 10 games, going 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Monday's 11-10 win over the San Francisco Giants. During the streak, the Reds' outfielder is 13-for-41 (.317) with two doubles, three homers and eight RBI.
On Tuesday the Diamondbacks designated Lopez for assignment, just one day after the reliever failed to get an out against the Cardinals in the team's 10-3 loss on Monday. Lopez will be replaced on the roster by lefthanded pitcher Armando Almanza.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks designated Lopez for assignment, just one day after the reliever failed to get an out against two batters in the eighth inning of a 10-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Lopez will be replaced on the roster by fellow lefthander Armando Almanza.
Schilling will work his second minor league rehab start on Monday. The Red Sox would like to see him throw 85-95 pitches for Triple-A Pawtucket. If all goes well, the Boston ace could return to the major league club for a start before the All-Star break.
Lopez took live batting practice on Tuesday and is getting closer to starting a minor league rehab assignment. The Orioles' starting catcher has been out since breaking the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand on May 24. Surgery to place a stabilizing plate in the hand has allowed the injury to heal quickly.
Despite some slight pain while playing catch, Loretta has reported no major problems while batting, as he continues to recover from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. The Padres' second baseman has been sidelined since suffering the injury in mid-May. Prior to his stint on the 15-day disabled list, Loretta was batting .300 with 13 RBI and six stolen bases.
On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox recalled DiNardo and righthander Jeremi Gonzalez to give the club 12 pitchers for their 12-game road trip, which begins on Monday. Boston doesn't have a day off during the trip, which can put a lot of stress on a team's bullpen.
For the second time in his career, Alvarez was recalled by the Boston Red Sox for only a day. On Sunday, the Red Sox returned the 22-year-old lefthander to Triple-A Pawtucket without pitching in a game. He was brought up on Saturday.
The Red Sox recalled Alvarez from Triple-A Pawtucket before Saturday's game. He will take the roster spot of Matt Mantei, who has gone on the 15-day disabled list with an ankle injury. Alvarez, who is expected to work out of the bullpen for Boston, has gone 7-3 with a 4.23 ERA in 16 starts with Pawtucket this season.
Making his first start in more than two weeks, Beckett notched the win in Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, allowing just one hit over six shutout innings. The Marlins' righthander was activated from the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day after missing some time with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The ailment has landed him on the DL six times in his four full major league seasons.
Schilling pitched five strong innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday night in his first start since injuring his right ankle in April. The Red Sox' ace threw 78 pitches -- 54 of them strikes -- and allowed a run on five hits. He struck out three and walked one.
As anticipated, Beckett has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Florida Marlins, and he will take the mound against the Atlanta Braves Thursday night. The righthander recently landed on the DL for the sixth time in his four full major league seasons because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, but threw without incident earlier this week and declared himself ready to return.
After an evaluation by hand specialist Dr. Mark Deitch, Lopez was cleared to begin baseball activities. The Orioles' catcher hit soft-toss balls in the batting cage on Tuesday and said he experienced minimal pain in his surgically repaired hand. Lopez has not played since breaking the fifth metacarpal bone in his right hand on May 24. He had surgery to place a stabilizing plate in the hand, and the hand has healed well.
Wilson has been sent outright to Triple-A Iowa by the Chicago Cubs. The veteran infielder, who signed with Chicago after being released by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this season, has seen limited duty in 15 games this year, notching just three hits in 22 at-bats (.136).
Gonzalez extended his career-best hitting streak to 17 games on Monday. The Florida shortstop is batting .302 (19-for-63) during his 17-game run.
Beckett, who has landed on the disabled list six times in his four full major league seasons because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is nearing a return to the Florida Marlins' starting rotation. After throwing in the bullpen for about 15 minutes on Monday, the righthander declared himself ready for game action. Barring any last-minute setbacks, Beckett plans on taking the mound against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
Wells tweaked the arch of his right foot Sunday while running the bases during Boston's 12-8 victory over Philadelphia. While the lefthander aggravated an injury that sent him to the disabled list for two-plus weeks in late April, the Red Sox don't believe it is as serious this time.
With a third-inning single in three at-bats Sunday, Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. The Florida shortstop is a .300 hitter (18-for-60) during his streak, though with just seven runs scored and five RBI. For the season, Gonzalez is a .279 hitter with a .336 on-base percentage in 69 games.
To make room for Tampa Bay's starter on Sunday, Seth McClung, the Devil Rays optioned Nunez to Triple-A Durham after a two-week stay with the major league club. In five relief appearances for the Rays, the 28-year-old Nunez was 1-0 with a 10.80 ERA over five frames.
On Saturday, the Milwaukee Brewers placed Jeff Cirillo on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand and recalled Durrington from Triple-A Nashville. The 29-year-old utilityman was batting .291 with a .395 on-base percentage and 43 runs scored in 69 games for Nashville.
Ortiz connected for a two-run homer in the first inning of Tuesday's win over the Cleveland Indians before adding a solo homer in the fifth to notch his fourth multihomer game of the 2005 campaign. The Red Sox' designated hitter, who finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, extended his hitting streak to six games.
Opening a spot on the roster for Thursday's scheduled starter Sean Douglass, the Detroit Tigers have optioned Ginter to Triple-A Toledo. The righthander, who was acquired from the New York Mets just before the start of the 2005 campaign, has made 10 relief appearances with the Tigers this season, posting a 5.47 ERA.
Schilling worked a successful simulated game on Monday, and the Red Sox have scheduled another for Friday. Boston's ace righthander said his surgically repaired right ankle felt good afterwards, and proclaimed himself ready for a minor league rehab assignment.
Ramirez was hit just above the left ankle by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Dave Williams in Boston's loss on Saturday, and the Red Sox' star wasn't in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates.
The Red Sox have announced that rather than throw batting practice, Schilling will now pitch in a simulated game on Monday.
On Friday the Marlins placed Beckett on the 15-day disabled list due to a blister that developed on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Beckett makes his eighth trip to the disabled list in his short career, with this being his sixth due to a blister. Florida recalled right handed pitcher Nate Bump to take Beckett's place on the roster.
Snow took a Kyle Lohse pitch off the knee during the first inning of San Francisco's 8-4 win over Minnesota on Wednesday. The Giants' first baseman left the game an inning later and was replaced by Pedro Feliz. Snow will undergo X-rays Thursday if the pain persists.
In Boston's 7-0 blanking of Cincinnati Tuesday night, Wells carried a no-hitter into the sixth and worked seven one-hit innings en route to his fifth win of the year for the Red Sox. Ryan Freel's two-out single in the sixth broke up the no-no before Mike Timlin and Keith Foulke came on to complete the one-hitter.
Choi connected on a longball again on Tuesday, homering for a fourth straight game in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 3-2 loss to Kansas City. In his last four games, the first baseman has homered seven times in 17 at-bats. Six of his seven homers have been solo shots, and he has knocked in eight runs over that four-game span.
On Sunday, the Boston Red Sox activated Mirabelli from the disabled list after a three-week stint for a sprained left wrist. The Red Sox' backup catcher returns with a .225 average (9-for-40) with two homer and six RBI.
Choi stroked three home runs off Twins righthander Brad Radke on Sunday, delivering solo shots in his first three at-bats of the Dodgers' 4-3 win over Minnesota. Choi's final homer in the sixth inning broke a 3-3 tie.
The Devil Rays called up Nunez from Triple-A Durham on Sunday, a move that coincided with the placement of Jesus Colome on the 15-day DL. Nunez, who began the year on the DL before being sent down to Durham, worked in eight games for Tampa Bay in 2004, posting an 0-3 record and a 5.91 ERA.
Pena has finished up his minor league rehab assignment and been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds. The outfielder, who has been sidelined for nearly a month with a strained left quadriceps muscle, likely will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Fellow outfielder Jason Romano was designated for assignment to make room on the roster.
Mirabelli, who went on the 15-day disabled list on May 20 for a sprained left wrist, will keep his wrist in a removable splint until at least Friday. The Boston backup catcher is batting .194 (7-for-36) with two homers this season.
Ortiz is probably working out his first-base mitt, with the Boston Red Sox playing interleague series in St. Louis and Chicago this week. With the DH spot eliminated in National League parks, he will compete for starts at first with Kevin Millar.
Hinske and the other Toronto corner infielders who share DH duties will be squeezed for playing time this week. The Blue Jays play interleague series in Chicago and Houston, and the odd man out between Hill, Hillenbrand and Hinske at the infield corners will be available only to pinch-hit.
Pena, sidelined with a strained left quadriceps muscle, says that he expects his rehabilitation assignment with the Triple-A Louisville Bats to come to an end Monday and hopes to be ready to play with Cincinnati on Tuesday. The outfielder is hitting .385 with one home run and four RBI in four games with Louisville. Before going on the disabled list, Pena was hitting .313 with six homers and 12 RBI for the Reds in 2005.
The Cleveland Indians activated Crisp from the disabled list before Thursday's game with Minnesota, and the 25-year-old outfielder started in center field against the Twins. He has been on the DL since May 18, after suffering a high-grade sprain and a partially torn ligament in his right thumb. He was one of Cleveland's hottest hitters at the time of his injury, having batted .400 (16-for-40 with six doubles) in his last 12 games.
Nunez, who started the season on the major league disabled list, was activated by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and optioned to Triple-A Durham over the weekend. The 28-year-old righthander didn't pitch for the Rays this season, though he was 0-3 with a 5.91 ERA in eight relief appearances last season.
Choi was held out of the Dodgers' lineup for Monday's meeting with the Chicago Cubs, due to stiffness in his left forearm. The injury is considered minor, and the first baseman was used as a pinch-hitter late in the contest. He should return to regular action within the next day or two.
During a brief mound session on Monday, Schilling was wearing a custom-made boot that cushioned the right heel to protect his ankle. It was one of a number of special shoes that the Boston righthander will test before returning to the Red Sox. On Tuesday, he will undergo a test to determine how much strength has returned to the ankle.
Olerud went 3-for-6 with an RBI in his Red Sox debut on Saturday, when Boston romped to a 17-1 win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 36-year-old first baseman, who finished last season with New York, singled to right in his first major league at-bat since last fall.
Clement upped his record to a perfect 6-0 Saturday, tossing six shutout innings and striking out seven in a 17-1 lambasting of the New York Yankees, the largest winning margin by the Red Sox over their historic rivals.
Pena is expected to expand his workouts over the weekend, and if no problems are reported, he could be sent on a minor league rehab assignment as early as next week. The Reds' outfielder, who has been sidelined since May 2 with a strained left quadriceps muscle, is scheduled to test out the leg on Friday by running the bases.
It was thought that Olerud was roughly a week away from joining the Boston Red Sox, but the Boston Globe is reporting that a team source says the veteran first baseman could arrive from Triple-A Pawtucket as soon as this weekend. That would be just in time to have Olerud face his 2004 team -- the New York Yankees.
Lopez will have surgery Thursday on the broken right hand he suffered in Baltimore's win over Seattle on Tuesday. The procedure to repair a broken fifth metacarpal bone in the hand will help quicken the healing process. Still, the Orioles' catcher could be out for as long as two months. Lopez should begin motion work with his hand three weeks after the surgery. It will be three more weeks before Lopez can resume baseball-related activities.
Mirabelli, who went on the 15-day disabled list on May 20 for a sprained left wrist, continues to wear a splint on the wrist -- and he probably will for another week. The Red Sox' backup catcher is eligible to come off the DL on June 3, but it's quite possible that he won't be ready to return at that time.
The pennant hopes of the Baltimore Orioles took a hit Tuesday night, when Lopez was lost for about six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. The Orioles' catcher was hit by a foul tip on his throwing hand. The Orioles lost their catcher the same day Sammy Sosa returned to the lineup after missing three weeks with a staph infection on the bottom of his left foot.
The pennant hopes of the Baltimore Orioles took a hit Tuesday night, when Lopez was lost for about six weeks with a broken bone in his right hand. The Orioles' catcher, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, was hit by a foul tip on his throwing hand. The Orioles lost their catcher the same day Sammy Sosa returned to the lineup after missing three weeks with a staph infection on the bottom of his left foot.
After being evaluated by the specialist that operated on his left thumb in 2001, Loretta has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in the digit and will be forced to undergo surgery yet again. The Padres' second baseman, who suffered the injury sliding headfirst into first base last week, will go under the knife on Tuesday, and he is expected to be sidelined for at least the next two months. Loretta has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Schilling had the protective boot removed from his injured right ankle after the team doctor said he was "very encouraged" by the pitcher's latest medical exam. However, the doctor refused to give any timetable for Schilling's return, saying the pitcher still had to clear many more hurdles, including long tossing, throwing off the mound without pain, and building up his arm strength.
Loretta will miss this weekend's series with the Seattle Mariners, but hopes to be able to play next week when the Padres travel to Arizona. The second baseman will have his sprained left thumb examined by Dr. Don Sheridan, the Diamondbacks' hand specialist, on Monday, and that should determine whether Loretta will have to go on the disabled list. Dr. Sheridan operated on Loretta in 2001 after he tore a ligament in the same thumb.
Prior to the Red Sox game on Friday, reserve catcher Doug Mirabelli was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Mirabelli sprained his left wrist during a second inning at bat against the A's earlier in the week, and although he continued to play that game, he will now sit out at least two weeks. Shawn Wooten was called up from Triple A Pawtucket to replace Mirabelli on the roster.
Lowell said he expects to be in the Florida lineup against Tampa Bay on Friday, two days after losing a foul pop in the sun and taking it in the face. The Marlins' third baseman suffered a swollen nose and upper lip.
Despite some buzz to the contrary, Pena is not ready to come off the disabled list this weekend. A quadriceps injury is difficult to forecast, and it remains uncertain when Pena will be ready to return to the Cincinnati Reds' outfield. He has been on the DL since May 9, retroactive to May 3.
Tests on Loretta's ailing left thumb have confirmed the original diagnosis of a sprain, an injury suffered while diving to first base on Tuesday. The Padres' second baseman, who missed more than six weeks after rupturing a ligament in the same thumb during spring training in 2001, plans to get a second opinion to rule out any other damage. Loretta is expected to miss at least a couple more days, but the team will hold off on placing him on the disabled list for now.
Crisp suffered a high-grade sprain and a partially torn ligament in his right thumb on Tuesday. The Indians' left fielder was injured sliding into third base, where he bent back his thumb after trying to stretch a double into a triple. He will see a hand specialist on Monday, and at that time he will find out if he needs surgery to restructure the ligament.
Wells was activated from the disabled list Wednesday to start against the Oakland Athletics that evening. The 42-year-old lefthander, who will oppose Oakland's Seth Etherton on Wednesday, is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA in five starts for Boston this season. He has been on the DL for a sprained right foot he injured on April 25.
Lopez sprained his right thumb while taking a swing in a game on May 11, and the digit continues to bother the Orioles' catcher. It's likely the injury has contributed to Lopez' mini-slump of recent days. Since the game he was injured, he has gone 1-for-21 (.048) without an extra-base hit or RBI. He's also fanned seven times during his skid.
Diving to first base while trying to beat out an infield single in the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, Loretta sprained his left thumb and was forced to leave the game an inning later. The second baseman, who was replaced in the Padres' lineup by Damian Jackson, is scheduled to be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury. He was 2-for-2 prior to his departure.
For now, Loretta has been listed as day-to-day. He missed more than six weeks after rupturing a ligament in the same thumb during spring training in 2001. In 40 games this season, Loretta is batting .300 with 13 RBI, six stolen bases and 24 runs scored.
Lowell, who got a couple days off earlier in the week in hopes of working out of his slump, was in the Marlins' lineup for Wednesday's meeting with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, his stay didn't last long, as he was forced to leave in the second inning after being hit in the face by a foul ball he lost in the sun. Diagnosed with a bruised nose, the third baseman was replaced by Joe Dillon.
Crisp was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after spraining his right thumb while sliding into third base on Tuesday night. The Indians' left fielder bent his thumb back in the first inning, when he was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in Cleveland's 13-5 win. X-rays and an MRI exam were administered, and the results are being forwarded to a hand specialist. No word yet on how long Crisp may be out.
Crisp was batting .283 with 11 doubles, three homers, 11 RBI and a .347 on-base percentage in 38 games. The Indians have recalled Jody Gerut to take Crisp's spot on the roster. Gerut is likely to get plenty of starts in left field while Crisp is sidelined.
There hasn't been an official announcement, but the Boston Globe is reporting that Wells will return from the disabled list Wednesday night to start for Boston in Oakland. A Wednesday start would mean Wells missed just three weeks for the sprained right foot he injured on April 25.
Wells threw a scaled-back bullpen session of about 35 pitches yesterday and then deemed himself ready to pitch without limitation. Perhaps you shouldn't expect more than about five innings on Wednesday from Wells, who turns 42 on Friday. He is 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA in five starts in 2005.
Nixon is on a hot streak, with two more hits in Boston's loss to Oakland on Monday night. In his last six games, the Red Sox' right fielder is 11-for-21 (.524) with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI. He's had multiple hits in five of those six games.
After being released by the Baltimore Orioles early Tuesday, Wilson has signed with the Chicago Cubs. The veteran infielder, who has not appeared in a major league game this season, takes the roster spot of the demoted Ronny Cedeno. In 20 games with Triple-A Ottawa, he was hitting .279 with three home runs and eight RBI.
Wilson will be available for Tuesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and should supply the Cubs with an experienced switch-hitter off the bench. He spent last season with the New York Yankees, batting .213 with six home runs, 31 RBI and one stolen base in 93 games.
Snow saw his first action in more than a week, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Houston Astros. The Giants' first baseman had been sidelined with a stomach virus, but should be fine going forward. Lance Niekro filled in during his absence.
In 26 games this season, Snow is batting .299 with one home run, seven RBI and one stolen base. He should post a solid average, but his power numbers normally aren't up to the standards of most corner infielders in the major leagues.
McCarty, who was designated for assignment by Boston in early May, has cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent. The Red Sox used the 35-year-old veteran mostly as a defensive replacement, and he went 2-for-4 in 13 games with Boston.
McCarty never has done much against righthanded pitching, but he may get picked up by a club looking for some bench help that fares well against southpaws.
On Sunday, Ramirez became the 39th player in major league history to reach 400 home runs with a three-run bomb in Boston's 5-4 loss to Seattle. In the fifth inning, he hit a 1-1 fastball from Seattle starter Gil Meche an estimated 404 feet into the seats in right-center field.
For the season, Ramirez is batting .248 with 10 homers and 34 RBI.
On Sunday, Ramirez became the 39th player in major league history to reach 400 home runs, with a three-run bomb in Boston's 5-4 loss to Seattle. In the fifth inning, he hit a 1-1 fastball from Seattle starter Gil Meche an estimated 404 feet into the seats in right-center field.
For the season, Ramirez is batting .248 with 10 homers and 34 RBI.
Nixon suffered a leg injury in Boston's doubleheader against Seattle last weekend. The Boston outfielder refused to disclose the nature of the injury, but said that it will require surgery at the end of the current season.
Since that Sunday doubleheader, Nixon has gone 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, three homers and 10 RBI. Apparently the injury isn't hurting his bat for the time being. For the season, Nixon is hitting .337 with six home runs and 24 RBI in 32 games.
Mired in a major slump, Lowell got the day off on Sunday, primarily as a mental rest. The Marlins' third baseman, who has hit .270 or better and averaged nearly 25 home runs each of the past five seasons, is batting just .179 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 32 games so far in 2005. In Lowell's stead, Miguel Cabrera shifted to the hot corner, while Jeff Conine filled the void in the outfield.
According to manager Jack McKeon, the team might hold Lowell out another day or two this week in attempt to take off some of the pressure that has mounted on his shoulders. Lowell has just one hit in his last 23 at-bats.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona has stated that he will not decide for a few days as to whether or not Wells will be activated in time to start Wednesday at Oakland. Wells threw three simulated innings on Friday and reported no pain or tightness in his right foot. Wells remains on the 15-day disabled list after spraining his right foot on April 25.
With Wells just coming off the DL, and his status still up in the air, perhaps it's a good idea to wait one more week before getting him back in your lineup.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona has stated that he will not decide for a few days whether Wells will be activated in time to start Wednesday at Oakland. Wells threw three simulated innings on Friday and reported no pain or tightness in his right foot. Wells remains on the 15-day disabled list after spraining his right foot on April 25.
With Wells just coming off the DL, and his status still up in the air, perhaps it's a good idea to wait one more week before getting him back into your lineup.
The Kansas City Royals placed Snyder on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained right shoulder. The same shoulder forced the 27-year-old righthander to miss all of 2004 because of a torn labrum. Snyder has posted a 4.15 ERA in six relief appearances this season, striking out seven in 13 innings.
Taking Snyder's spot on the Royals' roster is D.J. Carrasco, who is scheduled to start on Friday against Tampa Bay.
Snow was expected to be back in the Giants' lineup by now, but he was absent again on Wednesday, missing his fourth consecutive game. The veteran first baseman, who is batting a stomach virus, was replaced by Lance Niekro.
Snow should be back on Thursday. In 25 games this season, he is batting .311 with one home run, seven RBI and a stolen base.
Loretta improved his season batting average by more than 20 points, tying a career high with five hits in Wednesday's win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Padres' second baseman, who doubled and finished with an RBI and two runs scored, had five hits in a single game three times previously.
Including Wednesday's performance, Loretta is batting .299 with five doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and six stolen bases in 35 games this season. However, he has yet to hit a home run.
After struggling at the plate to begin the 2005 campaign, it appears Choi has found his stroke. Despite striking out twice, the Dodgers' first baseman went 2-for-4 with a home run, walk and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Over the last couple of weeks, he is 14-for-37 (.378) with three doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 12 games.
Choi's playing time has been sporadic for most of the season, but if he can continue his hot hitting, he will remain in the lineup on a daily basis. Choi's hardships against lefthanded pitching have carried over to this year as well, as he's batting just .143 facing southpaws (.293 against righthanders).
Snow has been absent from the Giants' lineup the past two days, due to a bout with a stomach virus. The first baseman, who was replaced by Lance Niekro, continues to be listed as day-to-day, but shouldn't miss much more time.
In 25 games this season, Snow is batting .311 with one home run, seven RBI and a stolen base. Expect him to return Tuesday or Wednesday.
Ramirez took an 81-MPH breaking pitch off the batting helmet during the first inning of Boston's 13-5 win over Oakland on Monday night. The Red Sox' outfielder left the game, but did not go to a hospital. While Ramirez was a bit woozy from the beaning, Boston skipper Terry Francona said he didn't display concussion symptoms.
Ramirez will be checked again on Tuesday by Oakland medical personnel, but it appears the first-inning pitch off the helmet didn't do any significant damage. There's a decent chance Ramirez will be back in the Red Sox' lineup on Tuesday.
Ramirez is penciled into the Boston lineup Tuesday night, the day after he took an 81-MPH breaking pitch off the batting helmet. The Red Sox' outfielder will bat third against Oakland's Kirk Saarloos. Ramirez is batting .250 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 31 games this season.
Due to lingering problems with his strained left quadriceps muscle, Pena has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Cincinnati Reds, retroactive to May 3. The outfielder, who originally suffered the injury on April 23, tried to return after about a week's absence, but aggravated the problem and has landed on the shelf as a result. He will be replaced on the roster by infielder William Bergolla.
Pena's absence should lead to more regular playing time for Austin Kearns in right field. The two have been splitting the duties most of the season. In 19 games, Pena is batting .313 with six home runs and 12 RBI, but he's also struck out 16 times in 48 at-bats.
DiNardo's stay with the Red Sox lasted two weeks, as the 25-year-old lefthander was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket over the weekend to make room for righthander Wade Miller on the 25-man roster. Miller made his Boston debut on Sunday, and DiNardro headed for Pawtucket to start for the Triple-A club on Monday.
DiNardo made two relief appearances for Boston, working 1.1 innings without allowing and run and striking out a pair. He has made three starts for Pawtucket this spring, posting a 3.14 ERA and .188 opponent batting average without recording a decision.
Nixon returned from his two-game suspension Thursday, and the Boston outfielder collected four singles in the Red Sox' 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. He upped his batting average to .324 and his on-base percentage to .446 in 24 games.
Schilling has spoken up, correcting the medical diagnosis that the Boston righthander went on the 15-day disabled list for a bone bruise. He says he suffered a stress reaction, which is a precursor to a stress fracture. Schilling's ankle injury will be re-evaluated on Friday.
That diagnosis makes sense with other information widely reported about Schilling's injury. Reports indicated that the Red Sox' ace was told by doctors that he could break the injured ankle if he continued to pitch on it. That suggests the injury would be a stress reaction, as Schilling is now saying.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona decided to give Ramirez the day off on Thursday after the outfielder slightly sprained his ankle the previous night. The move was precautionary, and the outfielder should be back in the lineup on Friday. Jay Payton got the starting nod in Ramirez' absence.
Although his batting average is a bit down, Ramirez is off to a solid start this season. He is hitting .265 with seven home runs, 27 RBI and one stolen base in 27 games.
On Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins outrighted Miller to Triple-A Rochester. The 29-year-old catcher appeared in just five games and went 0-for-12 at the plate this season.
The move suggests that the Twins are confident about Joe Mauer's recovery from knee surgery. Outrighting Miller allows the club to recall Terry Tiffee from Rochester. During his month-long stay with Minnesota, Miller continued a futile stretch of hitting that dates back to September 2003. He has one hit in his last 55 major league at-bats, thanks to a 1-for-39 stint with the Reds in 2004 and his 0-for-12 with the Twins this spring.
Monday, May 9, is the date scheduled for Nixon's appeal of his two-game suspension for participating in the Boston-Tampa Bay bench-clearing fiasco. Boston manager Terry Francona is trying to get Nixon to drop his appeal, however, as the Red Sox face two lefthanders to kick off the Tigers-Red Sox series on Tuesday. Nixon doesn't start against lefties, and he could serve his two-day suspension instead of simply sitting on the bench as a reserve player.
Red Sox outfielder Trot Nixon has dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension for participating in the Boston-Tampa Bay bench-clearing brawl on April 15. Instead, he decided to start serving his suspension, and sat out today's game against the Tigers. Nixon could be back in the lineup as early as Thursday.
The White Sox have placed Harris on the bereavement list on Monday, keeping Harris out of the lineup for at least three days. The team did not specify why Harris left the team, only stating that it was a "personal matter." Harris cannot return to the lineup until Friday at the earliest.
It's possible that Pedro Lopez or even callup Jamie Burke will get playing time in Harris' absence.
The White Sox have placed Harris on the bereavement list on Monday, keeping Harris out of the lineup for at least three days. The team did not specify why Harris left the team, only stating that it was a "personal matter." Harris can not return to the lineup until Friday at the earliest.
Olerud has signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. The veteran first baseman has been rehabbing from offseason surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left foot. He suffered the injury while playing for the New York Yankees during last fall's American League Championship Series.
The lefthanded-hitting Olerud will report to Boston's spring training complex in Florida. He is nearly 100-percent healthy and will spend a week or so in Florida before being assigned to the Red Sox' Triple-A or Double-A affiliate for some game action.
To make room for Boston's Monday night starter against Detroit, Jeremi Gonzalez, the Red Sox designated McCarty for assignment on Monday morning. The veteran first baseman had been used mostly as a defensive replacement, appearing in 13 games for the Red Sox. At the plate, he was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
McCarty could be traded or released. If he clears waivers, he has the option of going to Triple-A Pawtucket or becoming a free agent. Boston has signed John Olerud to a minor league contract, which makes McCarty expendable.
Beckett had his worst outing of the 2005 campaign, failing to make it out of the third inning in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. In two innings of work, the Marlins' righthander allowed five runs on five hits and three walks, and notched just one strikeout before giving way to Brian Moehler.
Beckett should be able to bounce back from Sunday's dismal performance and be ready for his next start. In six games this season, he is 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA. In 35 innings, he has struck out 36 batters and walked 14.
Facing a family emergency on Sunday, Harris asked for and received permission to leave the team before the White Sox' victory over Detroit. Harris' departure left the Sox further depleted of middle infielders, but Tadahito Iguchi was back in the lineup at second for the weekend series against Detroit. Rookie Pedro Lopez started at shortstop on Sunday, making the first major league start of his career.
Harris is expected to be gone until at least Tuesday, when the Sox begin a home series against Kansas City. He had been playing more with injuries sidelining Iguchi, Pablo Ozuna and Juan Uribe.
Sidelined by a quadriceps injury, Pena ran pain-free on Friday and could be ready to return to the Cincinnati lineup as early as Sunday. Pena was injured in last Saturday's game against the Florida Marlins.
Boston recalled Youkilis from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The infielder had played just one game with the Red Sox before being optioned to the minors on April 13. Last season, Youkilis hit .260 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 72 games with Boston.
To make room for Youkilis on the 25-man roster, Boston optioned Tim Bausher to Pawtucket.
Bausher was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The pitcher did not appear in any games with the Red Sox since being recalled earlier in the week.
The Boston Red Sox sent Bausher to Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday. The pitcher did not appear in any games with the Red Sox after being recalled earlier in the week.
Taking Bausher's place on the Boston roster is third-base prospect Kevin Youkilis.
On Friday, Nixon was suspended for two games for his role in the bench-clearing incident between Boston and Tampa Bay last weekend. His actions after the benches emptied led to his suspension. If Boston's right fielder doesn't appeal his two-game suspension, he would sit out Friday and Saturday games in Texas before returning to the Red Sox' lineup on Sunday.
All four players who were issued suspensions were fined an undisclosed amount of money as well. The suspensions are to begin on Friday, but the players can file an appeal, which would allow them to continue playing until their appeal has been heard.
Ortiz was fined an undisclosed amount of money for his role in last Sunday's bench-clearing melee between Boston and Tampa Bay. The Red Sox' designated hitter avoided a suspension, however, and will be in Boston's lineup for the three-game set in Texas this weekend.
Schilling is headed for the 15-day disabled list, roughly 24 hours after fellow Boston starter David Wells went on the DL with a foot injury. Schilling said he felt a sharp pain when he threw a pitch to Travis Lee during the sixth inning of Saturday's loss at Tampa Bay. Schilling has been diagnosed with a bruised right ankle, the same one he had surgically repaired in the offseason.
The bruise is higher than the previous injury, according to Boston GM Theo Epstein, adding that team doctors believe the two medical issues are only "indirectly related." Epstein admitted that the ankle in general has been through a lot. Schilling is expected to miss at least two weeks. He was told he could break the ankle if he continued to pitch on it.
Snow helped lead the Giants' to a 6-5 victory in Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres, notching four hits in five at-bats, including two doubles and a triple. The first baseman, who finished a homer shy of hitting or the cycle, is 8-for-14 with five RBI over his last three games.
Snow appears to be fully recovered from the groin injury that forced him to miss some time last week. For the season, he is batting .365 with six RBI and a stolen base in 18 games, but has yet to hit a home run.
Tavarez will be the Cardinals' top option in save situations over the next couple of weeks, as regular closer Jason Isringhausen has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle. According to manager Tony La Russa, Ray King could get an opportunity or two as well.
Tavarez, who has 15 saves over the past two seasons, is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in nine relief appearances in 2005. The Cardinals hope to have Isringhausen back in the bullpen when he is eligible to be activated, so Tavarez' stay in the closer role will be temporary.
Wells reportedly sprained his right foot while attempting to field a slow roller during the fourth inning of Boston's 8-4 loss to Baltimore on Monday. That was manager Terry Francona's diagnosis before Wells went to a Boston hospital for X-rays. Well tried to stay in the game, but left after giving up a home run to the Orioles' B.J. Surhoff. The lefthander returned to the Red Sox' clubhouse late Monday, limping noticeably and wearing a protective boot on his right foot.
Wells entered the game riding a 15-inning scoreless streak, but that ended with the Orioles scoring one in the first, two in the second and three in the fourth before the lefthander's departure for X-rays. Wells seems certain to miss at least one start, and quite possibly more than that.
Wells, who sprained his right foot in pursuit of a Javy Lopez groundball on Monday, could be out as long as a month or more, Boston manager Terry Francona said on Tuesday. The 41-year-old lefthander is headed for the 15-day disabled list.
Lefthander John Halama is expected to take Wells' spot in the rotation and start next Tuesday at Detroit. Lenny DiNardo will be recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and replace Halama in the bullpen.
On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Huckaby's contract from Triple-A Syracuse and promoted the 34-year-old catcher. Huckaby was hitting just .219 (7-for-32) without an extra-base hit or RBI for Syracuse, but the Jays were looking for a better defensive option for the big league club. He is a .227 hitter in 335 major league at-bats over parts of four seasons.
To make room for Huckaby, the Jays planned to reassign veteran Greg Myers to Syracuse, but he refused the minor league assignment and became a free agent.
With David Wells going on the disabled list for a foot injury, DiNardo was recalled by the Boston Red Sox Tuesday. The 25-year-old lefthander will work out of the Boston bullpen, and fellow lefty John Halama is expected to move from the pen to the rotation. DiNardo has made three starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this spring, posting a 3.14 ERA and .188 opponent batting average without recording a decision.
DiNardo registered a 4.23 ERA without a decision in 22 appearances in the Boston bullpen in 2004.
Lopez has been recalled from Triple-A Tucson by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The lefthander, who was claimed off waivers from Colorado earlier this month, was on the Rockies' Opening Day roster, but was sent down after allowing five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work.
Lopez will fill the bullpen spot of fellow southpaw Mike Gosling, who was demoted on Sunday.
Snow returned to San Francisco's lineup on Friday after missing the previous three games with a strained groin.
Pena was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Marlins with stiffness in his left quadriceps muscle. The Reds' outfielder limped off in the second inning, and although the injury doesn't seem serious, Austin Kearns should see more at-bats in his absence.
Snow was able to take batting practice, field grounders and run the bases prior to Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was held out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive day, due to continued discomfort in his strained groin. The first baseman suffered the injury while fielding a grounder in the second inning of Monday's contest, but remained in the lineup until being lifted for Lance Niekro in the fifth. He is listed as day-to-day.
Snow, who was able to pinch-hit late in Thursday's game, said a trip to the 15-day disabled list will not be needed. If Niekro is sent to the minors this weekend to open a spot on the roster for outfielder Moises Alou, Pedro Feliz likely will be asked to handle the first-base duties until Snow is back in action.
Deciding to give Ken Griffey the day off, the Cincinnati Reds used Pena in center field for Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The move payed off, as the outfielder went 2-for-4 and belted two home runs. He hit a solo homer to left-center in the fourth inning before connecting for a two-run shot in the seventh.
Pena has hit safely in five consecutive contests. For the season, he is batting .353 with five home runs and 10 RBI in just 34 at-bats. If he continues to produce those types of numbers, it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup. Pena will split time in right with Austin Kearns and will get the nod in center when Griffey needs a rest.
Snow was held out of Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres, and he'll likely miss at least another day or two, due to a strained groin. The veteran first baseman suffered the injury while fielding a grounder in the second inning of Monday's contest, but remained in the lineup until being lifted for Lance Niekro in the fifth. Officially, he is listed as day-to-day.
Until Snow can return, Niekro is expected to handle the first-base duties for the Giants. Through 12 games this season, Snow is batting .333 with two RBI. All of his hits have been singles.
On Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox announced that they had signed Wakefield to a one-year, $4 million extension for 2006. The new deal also has a club option for each subsequent year through 2009. The 38-year-old Wakefield, who could retire with the Red Sox, already has the longest tenure in Boston of anyone on the 40-man roster.
Working his 11th season in Boston, Wakefield is 116-99 with 22 saves and a 4.28 ERA for the Red Sox. Over his career, which began in Pittsburgh, the righthander is 130-111 with a 4.27 ERA.
Snow was forced to leave in the fifth inning of Monday's game against the San Diego Padres after straining his groin. The first baseman, who suffered the injury while fielding a grounder in the second, was replaced in the Giants' lineup by rookie Lance Niekro. He will be re-evaluated on Tuesday to determine his status.
For now, Snow has been listed as day-to-day. Through 12 games this season, he is batting .333 with two RBI. All of his hits have been singles.
Schilling worked just five innings in his second 2005 start on Monday afternoon, but he threw 118 pitches and struck out 10 in the Red Sox' 12-7 win over Toronto. Once again Schilling gave up five runs, though just three runs were earned. This time, however, Boston jumped out to a 9-1 lead after three innings, and at the end of the game, the Red Sox' ace came away with his first "W" of the new season.
Snyder has been recalled from Triple-A Omaha by the Kansas City Royals, filling the roster spot of closer Jeremy Affeldt, who is sidelined with a groin injury. Snyder is slated to pitch in long relief.
Snyder last pitched in the majors in 2003, going 1-6 with a 5.17 ERA in 15 starts for the Royals. In spring training, he allowed just two runs on seven hits in 13.2 innings, striking out 12 and walking three, then posted a 1.17 ERA in three appearances with Triple-A Omaha.
Gonzalez sat out of the Marlins' game on Friday night with tightness in his left hamstring. The shortstop may sit out again on Saturday, as he is listed day-to-day with the injury. Damion Easley will start at shortstop in place of Gonzalez if he is unable to go.
Prior to the game, Gonzalez said that he felt well enough to play. This may be a risky start for fantasy owners.
Beckett saw his string of scoreless innings snapped at 15 when he allowed two unearned runs in the first inning of Friday night's game against the New York Mets.
Beckett allowed just one earned run in the loss to the Mets. On the year, he has a stellar 0.45 ERA, while striking out 23 batters in 20 innings of work.
Schilling looked terrific early in his 2005 debut on Wednesday, holding the Yankees scoreless through the first four innings. But home runs from Jason Giambi and Bernie Williams sparked a five-run outburst against the Boston righthander in the fifth and sixth frames, and he took the loss in a 5-2 New York win over the Red Sox.
Still, Schilling's 108-pitch outing, which included five strikeouts, was a promising development following offseason ankle surgery. The Red Sox have to be pleased getting their ace back on the mound.
Schilling will get to make his 2005 debut against the Yankees after all, but it will come on Wednesday night instead of Opening Day. He has rehabbed from November surgery to repair a torn tendon and a cartilage defect in his right ankle. Now he's on tap to face Jaret Wright and the Yankees at Fenway Park.
Schilling was 21-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 32 starts for Boston in 2004.
As a precautionary measure, Gonzalez will be held out of Wednesday's game versus the Philadelphia Phillies after leaving in the fourth inning of Tuesday's contest with tightness in his left hamstring. The injury is considered minor, and the shortstop should be back in the starting lineup when the Marlins begin their weekend series against the New York Mets, according to manager Jack McKeon.
Veteran Damion Easley likely will get the nod at short in Gonzalez' absence. In eight games this season, Gonzalez is batting .321 with one home run and three RBI. Consider him as day-to-day.
To make room on the 25-man roster for Curt Schilling, the Red Sox optioned Youkilis to Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees. The young third baseman appeared in just one game for Boston this season, going 1-for-2 with a walk.
The Red Sox needed to make room for their ace and Wednesday night's starter. They also wanted Youkilis to get some at-bats, and that was only going to happen at Pawtucket.
After allowing five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work, Lopez has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs by the Colorado Rockies. The lefthander will be replaced on the roster by closer Chin-hui Tsao, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
According to manager Clint Hurdle, the Rockies are looking to trade Lopez to a team in need of a lefthanded specialist.
Beckett's strong start to the 2005 campaign continued in Sunday's victory over the Washington Nationals, as he notched just the second shutout of his major league career. The Marlins' righthander, who has not allowed a run in 15 innings this season, silenced the Nationals' bats, scattering five hits, striking out 11 and walking one.
Beckett was slowed by injuries last season, but still posted a 3.79 ERA and struck out 152 batters in 156.2 innings. Obviously, he is a solid fantasy option, as long as he can stay healthy.
As scheduled, Schilling took the mound for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, as he continues to recover from offseason surgery on his right ankle. The Red Sox' veteran allowed seven runs on 11 hits over six innings, but said he will be ready for his regular-season debut against the New York Yankees next Wednesday. Schilling threw 104 pitches in Thursday' minor league outing, striking out six and walking one.
Schilling didn't get his normal work in this spring, so his first start of the season was delayed as a result. The Red Sox were being cautious with the hurler, and he should be fine going forward. Schilling was 21-6 with a 3.26 ERA and three complete games in 32 starts last season, striking out 203 batters and walking just 35 in 226.2 innings.
Although he was not 100 percent, Lopez returned to the Orioles' lineup for Wednesday's game against Oakland A's, going 0-for-4. The veteran catcher, who left Monday's season opener with discomfort in his lower back, said he plans to play through the pain.
Since Lopez has battled back problems in the past, this obviously is a concern. Reportedly, he will chance the way he prepares for games in hopes of taking some stress of his back. In 150 games in 2004, he batted .316 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI.
Johnson, who slipped to third in the Tigers' starting rotation after posting a 7.84 ERA in six exhibition appearances this spring, turned things around in his first start of the regular season. The righthander notched the win in Thursday's 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals, scattering five hits over 6.2 shutout innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Early in spring training, Johnson was the favorite to be the Tigers' Opening Day starter, but due to his struggles in the exhibition season, the club decided to give Jeremy Bonderman the nod. In 33 starts last year, Johnson was 8-15 with a 5.13 ERA and two complete games, including his first career shutout.
As long as Schilling has no problems when he takes the mound for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday, he will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to start against the New York Yankees on April 13, according to Red Sox manager Terry Francona. The veteran righthander continues to recover from offseason surgery on his right ankle.
The Sox are just being cautious with Schilling, as he didn't get a chance to get in his normal work this spring. He was 21-6 with a 3.26 ERA and three complete games in 32 starts last season, striking out 203 batters and walking just 35 in 226.2 innings.
Following Monday's victory over the Oakland A's, Lopez indicated that the back problem that forced him to leave in the seventh inning was not a huge concern. The veteran catcher, who has battled back ailments in the past, plans to receive treatment on the Orioles' off-day on Tuesday and return to the lineup for Wednesday's action. Geronimo Gil filled the void behind the plate after Lopez' departure.
At this point, Lopez' injury appears minor, but considering his history of back problems, it is something to keep an eye on. For now, consider Lopez as day-to-day. In 150 games in 2004, he batted .316 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI.
Lopez left in the seventh inning of Monday's Opening Day victory over the Oakland A's, due to pain in his back. The catcher, who was replaced in the Orioles' lineup by Geronimo Gil, will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Lopez missed some time late last season because of back problems. The Orioles are off on Tuesday, giving him some time to rest. For now, consider Lopez as day-to-day. In 150 games in 2004, he batted .316 with 23 home runs and 86 RBI.