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Red Sox Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia Positive Prior To Rehab



Boston Red Sox Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia Positive Prior To Rehab Appearance With The Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox

Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia talked prior to his rehab start with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night. Pedroia talked on a variety of topics including how he feels now compared to last season, his schedule going forward, and the process of rehabbing his knee.

Check out the transcription below or watch the video above for the full experience.

What has the process been like?

It’s been long, there has been some tough days and things like that but I am excited to be out playing and to work my way back.

What has it been like to be back on the field?

Tonight’s my first real game, You know I was playing in some extended games and it was more of a controlled setting so I am looking forward to it. Getting into the lights and getting back into it.

How hard has it been to get amped up for 11 am games?

It’s a part of it, I think it’s hard when you aren’t playing. You get something taken away from you that you have done your whole life. It doesn’t matter what time the game is or how hot it is, or who you are playing with. You are excited to be on the field. Those games there, I play the same way if I’m in Boston. I enjoy playing, I’m happy to be back. Looking forward to getting back to Boston.

Has the surgery been helpful?

Kind of everyday life man, I don’t hurt all the time and things like that. So I am moving around real good, running well down the line, things like that. This is obviously a first step. It’s more for me than anyone else knowing that mentally I am ok and back to normal.

What side of the game poised the biggest challenge?

Probably the running part, because that was a big thing that we were careful of early on. So it was just building up, running and getting strong, there are so many steps you have to go through with this. Some days it’s pretty tough. So I am looking forward to it.

Any issues now?

No I am fine now man. I don’t have any issues. I think the work we overcame to get to this point, that’s the reason why. So, you are going to see the same guy you have seen play for however many years I played so that’s it.

Has this been the hardest surgery to come back from?

Yeah, I mean it’s a pretty tough surgery to have. You know, it’s kind of the cards that you are dealt. You don’t plan on certain things happening, so if they do happen, you just have to try and do the best you can.

How does it feel to play in a real game?

I’m excited, it’s different, it’s been a long time. This whole process, it’s been hard. When I was in Flordia for a month, by myself, in a hotel, so there has been some tough days but I am excited to see some guys and just play baseball.

Has your perspective on risking long-term career changed?

Yeah, a lot of things have changed. My outlook on baseball and a lot of things. I was in extended playing in 10 o’clock games in 100-degree weather. And everyone is like “oh this sucks” but I’m like “Man oh, it really does suck. You are playing baseball, you should enjoy it. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like or the time or what. Becuase someone could take it away from you real quick. Then you have to complain about something else.

Suprised by the job Alex Cora has done so far?

No, not surprised, we got a great team. The guys have been playing great. They are killing my sleep schedule when I was in Florida I will tell you that. Got to get up early and I’m staying up late. They have been great and Alex, he’s been great. Always communicating and letting everyone know what is expected out of them. So, it’s been awesome.

Does Cora expect anything out of Pedroia? Has he talked to him about it?

I mean, does he need to tell me that? (Laughing and looking around), No we haven’t had that conversation. I have been around a long time. Guys know what I bring to the team and I have been in contact with all of them even when I haven’t been there. I am looking forward to getting back and being with them and helping out.

Has Cora allowed players to take more time to get back than John Farrell?

No, not really. Our training staff has kind of mapped out a plan of what we are trying to do. Followed it every step, you know it. Every now and then I will give them my input on an exercise or things like that. But as for the timeframe, it’s been what’s mapped out by the Red Sox and the doctor that did my surgery and that’s been it. So whatever they have told me to do I try to attack that and this is the part where I am supposed to start playing. So I am here

What is your schedule?

I think I am playing the next two days, and then I am not playing Wednesday or Thursday, and then I think I am playing three in a row. Like there isn’t going to be a “oh I play and then off and see” you know what I mean? My knee, knock on wood, if I get through this, this is the last step. A test if my knee is back to normal. I am pretty excited.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Pitching Prospect Ty Buttrey Needs To Harness His Pitching



Red Sox Pitching Prospect Ty Buttrey Needs To Harness His Pitching, William Cuevas Struggles Out Of The Gate, Fernando Rodriguez Jr. Makes His First Appearance Since Returning From DL, And Defense Needs To Get Better

Red Sox pitching prospect who is with the Pawtucket Red Sox at the moment, had a very strange inning in today’s 5 to 4 defeat for the Paw Sox against the Buffalo Bisons. Buttrey was the first pitcher out of the bullpen for Kevin Boles this afternoon after starting pitcher William Cuevas went six innings. In that seventh inning for Buttrey, he allowed two base runners, and he struck out the side.

The inning began with a strikeout swinging of Jason Leblebijian. Roemon Fields then reached first base on a fielding error by Tzu-Wei Lin. Dalton Pompey then struck out swinging against Buttrey. During Pompey’s at-bat, Fields stole second base and was able to reach third base on a throwing error by Paw Sox catcher Mike Ohlman. Devon Travis, who was batting after Pompey, then reached first base on a four pitch walk. To end the inning, Buttrey then struck out Rowdy Tellez.

“There are sometimes where we see him in the strike zone a little bit more. One thing, and we’ve talked to him about this as far as slowing things down. Now one things that’s good, is that he got out of the jam. There was people on base, and he got out of what could have potentially been a damage inning. So that’s good, and he has the swing and miss capability with the stuff that he has. But we try to stay away from pitching in high stress innings all the time. So hopefully he is able to slow that down. You can see what comes out of his hand. It’s impressive. So it’s just harnessing it at this point” said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles.

This has continuously been the issue with Ty Buttrey. He has swing and miss stuff which can in turn translate to late inning potential for Buttrey. In seventeen innings pitched this season for Buttrey, he has thirty strikeouts. With a fastball that is in the high 90’s, the stuff he has shown is electric. He has the stuff to be a set-up man at the major league level. He just needs to harness his control and he can’t allow as many base runners. Otherwise, he is an option who could be called up to Boston. Especially since he is already on the 40-man roster, which shows that the team values what he could be.

William Cuevas Struggles Out Of The Gate

William Cuevas struggled in the first inning for the Paw Sox. After allowing a lead off single to Dalton Pompey, the first pitch to the next batter, Devon Travis, was hit over the Paw Sox bullpen in left field. The third batter of the inning, Rowdy Tellez then hit a check-swing double down the left field line, who then would come in to score later in the inning.

“I thought he did a great job after that first inning. But for him to be standing out on the mound in the sixth inning, after that first inning, that could have gotten ugly on him. He shut it down, he gave up another run, but for him to be standing out on there and complete through six innings, very impressive by him. Just have to get a little bit better of a start out of the gate” said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles after the game.

After he allowed the first three batters to reach in the game, and ultimately score, Cuevas was able to use his change-up to be able to get batters out. To end the inning for Cuevas, was able to strike out Anthony Alford and Reese McGuire swinging by throwing a lot of change-ups. In six innings of work for Cuevas, he gave up four runs on six hits, while walking one batter, and striking out four on 88 pitches (64 strikes).

Fernando Rodriguez Jr. Makes His First Appearance Since Returning From DL

Fernando Rodriguez Jr. made his first appearance for the Paw Sox today since he was reactivated off of the disabled list on Tuesday. He was originally placed on the disabled list on April 10th (retroactive to April 9th) with a right hamstring strain. Before he was placed on the DL, he made one appearance for the Paw Sox. That was on April 8th against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. That was the second game of the season for the Paw Sox.

“(Rodriguez was)  little bit shaky. He’s not going to have his command after how long he’s been on the DL. Good to see him out there. He said his arm felt good afterwords. Just very happy he’s healthy now” said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles.

This was a big outing for Rodriguez. After being away for so long, he needs to be able to pitch for the Paw Sox. It is especially important since the Paw Sox have so much uncertainty with bullpen since guys are coming and going between Pawtucket and Boston. In today’s outing he allowed two base runners on 28 pitches (16 strikes). He definitely was a little bit shaky, but that will get better once he gets a few outings under his belt.

Defense Needs To Get Better

The Paw Sox committed four errors on the day. Two by catcher Mike Ohlman and two by shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin. Both errors by Mike Ohlman were throwing errors on runners trying to steal second base. That includes when Roemon Fields stole second base in the ninth inning, to then advance to third base with no outs. He ended up being the game winning run.

“We were below average today. Defensively we need to get better. We need to take care of the baseball. Again, we’re not looking for perfection, obviously we’d like to play clean baseball every night error free. We gave them plenty of opportunities. We gave them extra bases, extra outs, and we need to play better defense. There is no doubt about it. That’s not what we’re looking for from our defense” said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles regarding his defense on the afternoon.

Next For The Paw Sox

The Paw Sox will have an off day on Thursday before beginning a three game series in Rochester this weekend. The pitching match-up in Friday night’s game is scheduled to be LHP Stephen Gonsalves (2-1, 3.94 ERA) for Rochester. He will be up against RHP Chandler Shepherd (2-2, 4.75 ERA) for the Paw Sox. It’s not 1000% official yet but it appears that Dustin Pedroia will be continuing his rehab assignment over the weekend in these games for the Paw Sox.

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Red Sox Prospect Jay Groome’s Tommy John Surgery Successful



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Boston Red Sox No.2 Overall Prospect Jay Groome’s Tommy John Surgery Reportedly Successful Per The Team And Groome.

Boston Red Sox prospect Jay Groome underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, May 15th.

Via his Instagram account, Groome says the surgery was a success with the following text posted on his account.

The Boston Red Sox confirmed the success of the surgery as well shortly after Groome’s post on Instagram.

Groome hadn’t pitched in 2018 with the 19-year-old top prospect being placed on the 7-day dl back on April 5th with a left flexor strain and at the time was expected to only miss a few weeks. But upon further evaluation, it was determined the organization’s No.2 prospect would need Tommy John Surgery.

The young left-handed starter has appeared in 17 games in his short minor league career with a 5.37 ERA in 62 innings pitched.

Injuries have tagged Groome quite a bit for such a young player with the former first-round pick only starting 1 game in 2017 before missing two months with a strained lat muscle. When he returned he struggled for much of the season until August when he suffered a strained forearm that ended his season two weeks early.

The road back for Groome will be long and the potential road to the major leagues even longer.  But with Tommy John allowing a player all the time they are needed is key.

Groome will be out for the entirety of the 2018 season


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Red Sox Recall Bobby Poyner From Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox



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Boston Red Sox Recall Bobby Poyner From Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox recalled left-handed reliever Bobby Poyner from the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday.

Boston’s corresponding move is to place reliever Carson Smith on the 10-day-dl with a right shoulder subluxation.

Pawtucket’s corresponding move is activating reliever Fernando Rodriguez from the disabled list. Rodriguez was placed on the DL back on April 9th with a hamstring injury.

Rodriguez only appeared in one game this season with Pawtucket recording just 2 outs before suffering the hamstring injury. As for Poyner, this is his third sting in the big leagues this season after spending the 2017 season between Salem and Portland.

For Boston Poyner has appeared in 7 games pitching 8 innings striking out 9 batters with a 2.25 ERA. In Pawtucket Poyner has appeared in 8 games with 8.1 innings pitched. The 25-year-old has a 2.16 ERA for the PawSox and has held opposing batters to a .172 batting average.

The West Palm Beach, Florida native spent 10-days on the DL this season after suffering a left hamstring injury during an outing for Boston back on April 12th.

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