News Forum Blogs Roster Players Schedule Depth chart Stats Videos Photos

Boston RedSox News

News » Boston Red Sox Roster Report 2009-05-18


Boston Red Sox Roster Report 2009-05-18


Boston Red Sox Roster Report 2009-05-18
:

--DH David Ortiz was given a mental health break during the entire three-game series against the Seattle Mariners and didn't register an at bat in the entire series. Sox manager Terry Francona hoped that three games off combined with the Monday off-day would allow Big Papi to relax, and begin the long climb out of a slump that has him hitting .208 with zero home runs through last weekend. "I think it's good for him. Sometimes you read the headlines, it says, 'Ortiz benched.' That's not how I felt about it," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "Trying to just give him a little break to get himself together, and he knows that."

--SS Nick Green made two errors in Sunday afternoon's walk-off loss to the Seattle Mariners, including a wild throwing error with two outs in the final inning that ended up leading to the game-winning run. The utility Sox infielder, playing at short in place of injured SS Julio Lugo, has been flawless defensively in seven games combined at second base and third, but has made eight errors in 23 games while patrolling the shortstop position for the Sox. Between Green and Lugo, the Sox have been getting some pretty mediocre defense at a key spot in the infield during the first quarter of the baseball season.

MEDICAL WATCH:

SS Julio Lugo (sore hip flexor) left the May 16 game. He is doubtful for the May 17 game.

1B Kevin Youkilis (strained left oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 5. He will begin a rehab assignment with Class AAA Pawtucket on May 18. If he has no setbacks, he would be activated May 20.

OF Mark Kotsay (back surgery in January 2009) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Pawtucket on May 2, but he left the May 3 game with a strained right calf. He might be activated May 19.

RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (mild right shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list April 15. He threw on flat ground April 21 and threw long toss April 27. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Pawtucket on May 5, and he made his final rehab start May 15.

RHP John Smoltz (right shoulder surgery in June 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He pitched two innings in an extended spring training game May 15. Smoltz is hoping to pitch for the Red Sox in June despite a setback in late April.

SS Jed Lowrie (sprained left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 12. He had surgery April 21, and he is expected to be out until the All-Star break.

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (sore right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 14.

ROTATION:

RHP Josh Beckett

LHP Jon Lester

RHP Tim Wakefield

RHP Brad Penny

RHP Justin Masterson

BULLPEN:

RHP Jonathan Papelbon (closer)

LHP Hideki Okajima

RHP Ramon Ramirez

RHP Manny Delcarmen

RHP Takashi Saito

RHP Daniel Bard

LHP Hunter Jones

CATCHERS:

Jason Varitek

George Kottaras

INFIELDERS:

1B Jeff Bailey

2B Dustin Pedroia

SS Julio Lugo

3B Mike Lowell

DH David Ortiz

INF Nick Green

INF Gil Velazquez

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Jason Bay

CF Jacoby Ellsbury

RF J.D. Drew

OF Jonathan Van Every


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 18, 2009

mlb--oakland-vs-boston---daisuke-matsuzaka
Boston RedSox Photos
All the latest Boston RedSox Photos Store photographs. Major League Baseball MLB.
The most recent photo