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Red Sox Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia To Rehab With Pawtucket



Red Sox Second Basemen Dustin Pedroia To Rehab With Triple-A Pawtucket Early Next Week, Tyler Thornburg Also To Rehab With PawSox.

Dustin Pedroia, a two-time World Series champion, a former league MVP, and a former Rookie of the Year winner will return to Triple-A Pawtucket early next week to complete a rehab assignment.

Pedroia who is now 34-years-old is recovering from left knee cartilage restoration surgery that he underwent this past offseason and was placed on the 10-day DL back on March 29th. Up until this point the veteran second basemen had been seeing action in extended spring training and the narrative was to take things slow as Pedroia has told reporters this was his hardest surgery yet.

Pedroia is expected to begin his rehab in Pawtucket starting on either Monday or Tuesday with the length being unknown at the moment with Pedroia returning to Boston for the weekend from Florida to be evaluated by the team medical and training staff.

Pedroia last played in Pawtucket back in the 2010 season where he had 6 at-bats in 2 games with a 1-for-6 hitting line.

Tyler Thornburg is also expected to rehab in Pawtucket in their three-game set starting on Monday with Alex Cora‘s plan for the reliever being a back-to-back with Thornburg expected to throw on both Monday and Tuesday.

Coverage of both rehabs can be found right here on Trifecta Sports.

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 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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Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Able To Succeed Without Best Stuff



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Boston Red Sox Prospect Jalen Beeks Able To Succeed Without Best Stuff, Tzu-Wei Lin Showcases Power, And Cole Sturgeon Already Turning Heads In Pawtucket

The Pawtucket Red Sox walked off on the Buffalo Bisons 5-4  on Monday night at McCoy Stadium behind a walk-off single by Tzu-Wei Lin.

While the major storylines in this game might have been the rehab’s of Dustin Pedroia and Tyler Thornburg, the successes of other PawSox players are the true silver lining to this May baseball game.

Pawtucket Red Sox starter Jalen Beeks went 6 innings and despite getting knocked around a bit

He did a nice job and he didn’t have all of his pitches tonight. Looked like he was struggling finding a feel for his changeup, his curveball, cutter wasn’t as used tonight. But he worked through, got six innings. Again, he didn’t have his best overall mix, that was one of things he is still able to get through the lineup a few times and very impressive on his part… I thought there was there was some little more fastball velocity tonight. But other than that, his secondary pitches, they weren’t as reliable as we have seen in the past.

Beeks’s final line was 6 innings allowing two earned runs on 4 base hits and two walks with 7 strikeouts which makes him the Minor League leader in strikeouts.

The fact that Beeks was able to get by without his best stuff speaks to how he has matured as a pitcher with an ability to get hitters out with a veteran type of mindset working hitters to get them out.

Tzu-Wei Lin Shows Some Pop

Tzu-Wei Lin was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket this past week after spending most of the early part of the 2018 season in Boston. Lin who has shown an immense versatility for the organization showcased a rather unknown skill of his.


In Monday night’s game, Lin had two impressive hits including a mammoth home run to deep right-center field and of course the walk-off single to the track in center field.

After the game, Kevin Boles stressed how good it was that Lin came through there in the bottom of the 10th considering the decisions that would have to be made especially with Dan Butler the starting catcher being replaced on the base pads for Mike Miller.

Yeah that was good, there was some decisions to be made if he didn’t do what he did there.. there were some things that could have happened there. They had a righty going up in the bullpen. But he took some real good swings tonight. He’s played well at shortstop. We are just trying to get his innings worked up here a little bit because he was a part-time player up at the major league level. So we are going to move him around defensivley and also get him up to that lead-off spot to try and get some at-bats back.

Boles Impressed With Sturgeon

Red Sox outfielder Cole Sturgeon was called up to Triple-A Pawtucket from Double-A Portland ahead of Monday’s game and he has already left an impression in the PawSox clubhouse in his second stint in Triple-A.

We’ve seen him before. He came up here for a little bit.  Very athletic, very good in the outfield, center field. Darren said he’s been playing center and right field doing a very nice job, looking very good at the plate. He’s balanced, especially getting against the lefty… I thought he took a real good pass at the ball. So good, he looks good. He play’s hard, he has effort.

Up Next For Pawtucket

The PawSox have another 6:15 pm game with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday with Chris Rowley taking on William Cuevas.

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