Boston Red Sox — as of April 11, 2017

2017/04/13

Up:

     Chris Young, OF: April 11 – With Mookie Betts battling the flu for a few days and Jackie Bradley on the DL, it appears that Chris Young has used his standing as the fourth OF to see almost regular playing time. In fact, he’s appeared in the last six Red Sox games, serving in RF for three, LF for two and DH for one.

However, Betts has now returned to the lineup and Bradley is only expected to miss another week or so, meaning that Young should soon see his playing time start to decline significantly.

     Drew Pomeranz, SP: April 11, 2017 — After missing his first start while on the DL with a flexor strain and biceps issues, Drew Pomeranz started the game of April 11. He should have a spot in the rotation until David Price returns from the DL in May and then it will probably come down to a choice between Pomeranz, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriquez for the demotion.

     Heath Hembree, RP: April 11 – With Matt Barnes off for a few days on bereavement leave and some doubts existing about Joe Kelly’s effectiveness, Heath Hembree appears to have taken over the Setup role for now. That could change now that Barnes is back in the lineup and will certainly be adjusted when Thornberg’s back in a few weeks.

Down:

     Xander Bogaerts, SS: April 11 – Missed 5 days while on bereavement leave but returned on April 11 and should be good to go from this point forward.

     Matt Barnes, RP: April 11 – Missed 3 days while on bereavement leave but returned on April 9 and should be good to go from this point forward.

     Hanley Ramirez, DH/1B: April 11 – Ramirez has made only 3 starts at DH due to the flu but is now recovered and should see his playing time return to normal.

     Mookie Betts, OF: April 11 – Betts was out of the lineup for 3 days with the flu but is now recovered and back on track.

     Joe Kelly, RP: April 11 – It was originally thought that either Matt Barnes or Joe Kelly might take over as Setup man during Tyler Thornberg’s DL stint but it appears that Heath Hembree may have jumped over at least Kelly in that competition.

 In:

     Marco Hernandez, 2B, 3B: April 6, 2017 2:18 PM ET (MLB) — Red Sox recalled infielder Marco Hernandez from Triple-A Pawtucket. With Josh Rutledge and Jackie Bradley on the DL, he’ll combine with Brock Holt to give the Sox some IF depth, while Holt sees a bit of time in the OF as well.

    April 2, 2017 — Baltimore Orioles placed LHP Wade Miley on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to March 30, 2017. Upper respiratory infection.

Out:

     Josh Rutledge, 3B: Apr 1 – 9:05 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed INF Josh Rutledge on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Rutledge suffered the injury in a Grapefruit League game on March 28 against Pittsburgh.

      Jackie Bradley Jr., OF: Apr 11 – 2:10 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed OF Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a right knee sprain.

Bradley injured the knee while rounding first base during a game on April 8. It’s not considered serious and the hope is that he’ll feel better with several days of rest.

      David Price, SP: Apr 11 – 1:01 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that David Price (elbow) is expected to throw about 35 pitches in his bullpen session on Wednesday.

Price threw 20-25 pitches — all of them fastballs — Monday in his first bullpen session since being shut down with his elbow injury. Farrell said “he’s feeling pretty darn good,” so things are moving in the right direction here. Price will likely need to go through a few bullpen sessions before facing hitters again. He still has a ways to go but it’s possible he could join Boston’s rotation by the end of next month if he can avoid setbacks.

     Apr 1 – 9:00 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed LHP David Price on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

Price resumed throwing recently after being shut down in early March with elbow soreness. However, he hasn’t advanced to mound work yet. The Red Sox aren’t expecting him back until May at the earliest.

     Roenis Elias, SP: Apr 1 – 8:38 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed LHP Roenis Elias on the 10-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.

Elias hasn’t pitched in almost a month and has yet to resume throwing.

     Tyler Thornburg, RP: Apr 11 – 1:07 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) is on track to begin a throwing program on April 12.

The 28-year-old is working his way back from a right shoulder impingement and there’s no clear timetable for his return.

     Apr 1 – 8:49 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed RHP Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement.

The Red Sox have a bad habit of acquiring damaged goods with Drew Pomeranz and now Thornburg. With Thornburg on the shelf, either Joe Kelly or Matt Barnes will open the season as the bridge to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning.

     Robbie Ross, RP: Apr 11 – 10:46 PM (Rotoworld) — Robbie Ross (flu) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Triple-A Pawtucket.

Ross was among the Red Sox players who got hit with a nasty flu during the first week of the regular season. He should be ready to rock after one or two tune-up appearances on the farm.

     Apr 6 – 4:08 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed RHP Robbie Ross on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 3, with the flu. Ross should be ready to return after the minimum 10 days unless this illness lingers.

     Carson Smith, RP: Apr 11 – 5:35 PM (Rotoworld) — Carson Smith (elbow) has been cleared to resume throwing bullpen sessions.

Smith felt some lingering elbow tightness during his last mound workout of the spring and was shut down for about 10 days, but the right-hander is clearly doing better now. He could be ready for a minor league rehab assignment around early-to-mid May and projects to join the Red Sox bullpen sometime in June. Smith underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery 11 months ago.

     Apr 1 – 8:54 PM (Rotoworld) — Red Sox placed RHP Carson Smith on the 10-day disabled list with an elbow injury.

It seems like Smith has been on the disabled list since the moment he arrived in Boston. He’s still recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t be ready until June at the earliest.

     Mar 29 – 8:35 AM (Rotoworld) — Carson Smith (elbow) felt some tightness after his bullpen session last week.

Despite the tightness, Smith said it’s still possible he could throw another bullpen session next week. He’s still hoping to make his return from Tommy John surgery in June, though he obviously has a bunch of hurdles to cross.

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