November 20, 2017

MLB - Latest Red Sox Player Notes
10/25/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia underwent successful surgery on his left knee and will miss the start of the 2018 season, the Red Sox announced Wednesday. 'It is anticipated that Pedroia would return to games in approximately seven months," the Red Sox said in a press release. The 34-year-old Pedroia was on the disabled list twice after the All-Star break this season with what the Red Sox called inflammation. He had surgery on the left knee last offseason to repair a torn meniscus. Pedroia hit .293 with seven home runs and 62 RBIs in being limited to 105 games in 2017 -- his 11th season with the Red Sox.

10/17/2017 - Eduardo Rodriguez  
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez underwent successful right knee surgery Tuesday and is expected to return to pitching in six months. The right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. Rodriguez, 24, posted a 6-7 record with a 4.19 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) last season, his third in the big leagues.

10/17/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
1B/DH Hanley Ramirez underwent successful left shoulder surgery Tuesday and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Ramirez, 33, had a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla. "Hi my people, went in for left shoulder surgery today, keep me in prayers. Coming back stronger in '18, love you all #RedSoxNation @RedSox," Ramirez wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday accompanied with a picture of himself in a hospital bed. Ramirez, a 13-year veteran and three-time All-Star, had a career-worst .242 batting average with 23 home runs and 62 RBIs this past season.

10/09/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts was announced as the Red Sox's nominee for the 2017 Hank Aaron Awards on Monday. The 2016 American League MVP runner-up batted .264 with 24 home runs and 102 RBIs this season. Betts went 1-for-4 against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS. Over four games this postseason, Betts hit .313 (5-for-16) with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and four strikeouts.

10/09/2017 - Andrew Benintendi  
-RF Andrew Benintendi launched a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fifth inning Monday against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS. Benintendi smoked a ball approximately 383 feet into the right-field seats for his second career postseason homer and first of the series. He became the seventh-youngest player to hit a go-ahead homer in an elimination game. Benintendi finished the game 2-for-4.

10/09/2017 - Chris Sale  
-LHP Chris Sale provided a valiant 4 2/3 innings of relief Monday against the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS before ultimately taking the loss. Sale, who started Game 1, kept the Red Sox ahead in one-run game before giving up the tying home run to Alex Bregman in the eighth and later being charged with the winning run. "I was trying to get him out in front. It didn't work," Sale said of the changeup he threw to Bregman. Sale (0-2) allowed four hits and struck out six.

10/09/2017 - Rafael Devers  
3B Rafael Devers legged out an inside-the-park home run against the Astros to lead off the ninth inning of Game 4 of the ALDS on Monday. Devers drove a pitch from Astros closer Ken Giles off the wall in left-center and sped around the bases for his first career inside-the-parker. It was the 20-year-old's second career postseason homer after a two-run blast in Game 3. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk.

10/09/2017 - Rick Porcello  
RHP Rick Porcello was issued a quick hook in his Game 4 start in the ALDS against the Astros on Monday despite allowing only two runs on five hits over three innings. Porcello found his way into a bases-loaded jam in the second, but punched out Carlos Correa to end the threat. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four and walked six. Porcello allowed just the two runs in four innings, one in relief, during the postseason.

10/08/2017 - Rick Porcello  
RHP Rick Porcello will be tasked with trying to save the Red Sox's season in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday. Porcello is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in three career regular-season starts against Houston. He faced them in a relief role in Game 1 Thursday, tossing a scoreless inning. "It's always a different animal in the postseason, so it was good to get out there and get an inning of work," Porcello said. Carlos Beltran is batting .370 (10-for-27) with a home run and four RBIs for his career against Porcello.

10/08/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price pitched four key scoreless innings of relief Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Price struck out four while keeping the game close in a one-run game that eventually resulted in a Red Sox blowout victory. "It feels good to put up zeroes in the playoffs," said Price, who has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with six strikeouts in two appearances this series. "... That's why I signed here."

10/08/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
DH Hanley Ramirez recorded his first four-hit game in the postseason Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs. It was Ramirez's first four-hit contest since May 14, 2015 and the 15th such game in Red Sox postseason history. He also tied his playoff career high in RBIs. "I think that's my job, find a way to come through in big situations," Ramirez said.

10/08/2017 - Rafael Devers  
3B Rafael Devers became the youngest Red Sox player ever (20 years, 349 days) to hit a home run in a postseason game and had three RBIs Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Devers' two-run homer in the third gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead and helped spark an eventual blowout victory. Devers, who finished 2-for-3 with a walk, is just the sixth player in major league history to homer in the postseason before turning 21. "He's an extremely talented kid, and I think we marvel at the fact that he's 20 years of age," manager John Farrell said.

10/08/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his start Sunday against the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS. Fister was pulled after giving up three runs, marking the shortest postseason outing for a Red Sox starter since Bret Saberhagen (one inning) on Oct. 11, 1999. Fister allowed four hits, walked one and struck out one.

10/06/2017 - Drew Pomeranz  
LHP Drew Pomeranz lasted just two innings in his first career postseason start, allowing four runs on five hits and one walk with one strikeout. Pomeranz made a pair of relief appearances for the Red Sox last postseason in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. He was on the postseason roster for the Oakland Athletics in 2014 but did not appear in the Wild Card Game.

10/06/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price made his first postseason relief appearance since Oct. 12, 2015 in Game 4 of the ALDS while with Toronto. He pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, which is tied for his longest relief appearance this season (Sept. 22 at Cincinnati). Price had not allowed a run in any of his six relief appearances this season.

10/06/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
3B Eduardo Nunez was replaced on the ALDS roster following an aggravation of his right knee injury in Game 1. Nunez collapsed on the turf following his groundball out in the first inning in the opener and needed to be carried off the field. He will undergo an MRI when the club returns to Boston. Nunez was playing in just his second game since Sept. 9.

10/06/2017 - Chris Young  
DH Chris Young was added to the ALDS roster following approval by Major League Baseball. He replaced injured 3B Eduardo Nunez. Young, a Houston native, finished 1-for-2 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. In 68 career games in his hometown, Young is batting .317 (77-for-243) with 16 doubles and 39 runs scored. He improved his postseason OPS to 1.138 which ranks fifth in league history (minimum 50 plate appearances) behind Lou Gehrig (1.214), Babe Ruth (1.214), Kyle Schwarber (1.178) and Troy Glaus (1.154).

10/05/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister was named the starter for Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Fister went 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA over 18 games (15 starts) with the Red Sox this season, but limited the Astros to three runs on five hits and one walk over 5 1/3 innings Sept. 29. He was 12-13 with a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros last season.

10/05/2017 - Hanley Ramirez  
DH Hanley Ramirez finished 2-for-3 with a pair of hits off Astros RHP Justin Verlander after entering off the bench in the third inning. Ramirez became the second player in club history to record a multi-hit game in the postseason after entering as a substitution, joining RHP Charley Hall, who went 3-for-4 in Game 7 of the 1912 World Series against the New York Giants.

10/05/2017 - Chris Sale  
LHP Chris Sale suffered the loss in his first career postseason start, allowing seven runs and nine hits with one walk and six strikeouts over five innings. Sale allowed three home runs, two to Astros 2B Jose Altuve, marking the third time since the start of September that he surrendered at least three homers in a start. Sale did not allow more than two home runs in a start over the first five months of the regular season.

10/05/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
DH Eduardo Nunez was lost with a right knee injury in the first inning of Thursday's Game 1 in the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park, pulling up lame after hitting a ground ball to Houston Astros 3B Alex Bregman. Nunez, who played in only one game since Sept. 9 while dealing with an injury to the same knee, failed to make it to first base and was carried off the field by a Red Sox trainer and Boston manager John Farrell. Nunez last played Sept. 25 against the Toronto Blue Jays, finishing 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in a 6-4 loss while re-aggravated the injury. He will undergo an MRI and was taken off the ALDS roster.

10/02/2017 - Rafael Devers  
3B Rafael Devers had an RBI double in each of his last three games. He joins Tony Conigliaro, Dalton Jones and Ted Williams (twice) as the only Red Sox hitters since 1913 to double in three straight games before turning 21. He hit .284 for the season with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 14 doubles.

10/02/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts hit .324 with a .442 on-base percentage and 19 runs scored in his last 18 games of the season. He ended the season with a nine-game hitting streak and finished the season at .273 with 10 homers and 62 RBIs.

10/02/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price has not allowed a run in five appearances, all out of the bullpen, since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 14. He has pitched 8 2/3 innings in that span, giving up three hits, with two walks and 13 strikeouts for an opponents' batting average of .100.

10/02/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts, who did not play Sunday, recorded his 102nd RBI and 101st run scored of the season on Saturday. He and Colorado's Nolan Arenado are the only players with at least 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored in each of the last two seasons. Betts joined Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players ever with multiple 100-RBI and 100-runs seasons before turning 25. Betts and Williams are the Red Sox batters with consecutive 100-RBI seasons before turning 25.

10/02/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
INF Eduardo Nunez has been sidelined by a right knee injury, but manager John Farrell expects him to be available for the ALDS starting Thursday at Houston.

09/30/2017 - Hector Velazquez  
RHP Hector Velazquez will start the Red Sox's regular-season finale against the Astros on Sunday. Velazquez (3-1, 3.48) takes the spot of LHP Chris Sale, who would have started if the team had not clinched the AL East on Saturday. Velazquez pitched one scoreless innings of relief with a strikeout an a walk against the Astros on Thursday.

09/30/2017 - Chris Sale  
LHP Chris Sale would have been in line to start the regular-season finale against the Astros on Sunday had the Red Sox not clinched the AL East on Saturday. Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA) is five strikeouts shy of tying Pedro Martinez for the team's season strikeout record of 313. The Cy Young Award contender is 5-1 with a 1.31 ERA in six career starts against the Astros.

09/30/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts scored three runs Saturday against the Astros to join Ted Williams as the only two Red Sox players under age 25 with multiple 100-run, 100-RBI seasons. Betts (.264, 24 HR, 102 RBIs) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk.

09/30/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price had three clutch outs in the Red Sox's AL East-clinching win Saturday against the Astros. Price, who was originally supposed to be unavailable, entered with two on and nobody out in the seventh. He got the first two outs and struck out George Springer with the bases loaded. Price (6-3, 3.38 ERA) has fired 8 2/3 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts since being converted to a reliever heading into the postseason.

09/30/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia was a late scratch from the lineup Saturday against the Astros because of wet conditions on the field. Pedroia (.293, 7 HR, 62 RBIs) has been dealing with a chronic left knee inflammation, which has sidelined him 29 games this season. Brock Holt got the start at second base.

09/30/2017 - Drew Pomeranz  
LHP Drew Pomeranz tied Chris Sale for the Red Sox team lead in victories Saturday, throwing six-plus one-run innings against the Astros. Pomeranz (17-6, 3.32 ERA) tied teammate LHP Chris Sale for the team lead in victories. His first out of the fourth inning allowed him to surpass his previous career high of 170 2/3 innings.

09/30/2017 - Christian Vazquez  
C Christian Vazquez was in the original starting lineup but was scratched in favor of Sandy Leon -- the change made because Doug Fister came in with a 4.28 ERA with Leon behind the plate, 5.93 with Vazquez. Leon struck out all three times up.

09/30/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
INF/DH Eduardo Nunez (knee) will not play over the weekend but is slated to run the bases and take batting practice Sunday with the hope of playing in the postseason. "Today was my best day since I got hurt ... 100 percent I'll be ready for the playoffs," Nunez said.

09/30/2017 - Drew Pomeranz  
LHP Drew Pomeranz was the announced starter for Saturday, but manager John Farrell hinted before Friday night's game that Pomeranz wouldn't pitch if the Red Sox had clinched the AL East. Boston didn't clinch so Pomeranz, who needs 3 1/3 innings to top last year's career high of 170 2/3, goes to the mound 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA since the All-Star break.

09/30/2017 - Rafael Devers  
3B Rafael Devers snapped an 0-for-15 spell with a two-out, RBI double in the fifth inning. But he also booted a grounder, his 14th error in 54 games in his rookie season. He is batting .316 in 31 home games and his 22 extra-base hits are third-most ever by a Red Sox hitter through his first 56 games.

09/30/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts was 1-for-4 with a double and has an eight-game hitting streak while reaching base in 11 straight. He has hit .342 with four homers in 17 games against the Astros.

09/30/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price threw 24 pitches in his fourth relief outing and manager John Farrell left the door open for Price to work two straight days. "I would have to check with David tomorrow but felt like where we were getting a little momentum it was time go to him tonight," Farrell said. "But after 24 pitches and an inning and two-thirds tonight, we'll see where he's at tomorrow." Only one man reached base -- on an error -- against Price, who struck out two of the six batters he faced. He hasn't allowed a run and yielded just three hits in 7 2/3 innings since coming off the disabled list.

09/30/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister, perhaps pitching for his postseason spot on the roster, went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs in Friday night's loss to the Houston Astros, perhaps pitching himself back into the team's playoff picture. "Doug Fister did what we had oped he could do -- and that was to keep the game under control until the middle innings, set it up to where we would follow with the guys that came out of the bullpen," said manager John Farrell.

09/29/2017 - Eduardo Rodriguez  
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez may have lost out on the No. 3 job in the postseason rotation after matching the shortest start of his career Thursday against the Astros. Rodriguez (6-7, 4.19 ERA), who came into the night contending with RHPs Rick Porcello and Doug Fister for the third spot, was shelled for five runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw just 50 pitches, 31 for strikes. "We just have to keep working on it and keep working on the next games and get ready for seeing who's going to be starting in the postseason and just do the job," Rodriguez said.

09/29/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts recorded his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single Thursday against the Astros. Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to seven games with his second-inning base knock, which produced one of the Red Sox's two runs in a 12-2 rout. He is batting .401 (11-for-27) during the hitting streak.

09/29/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts returned to the lineup Thursday against the Astros after missing two games with left wrist inflammation and a right thumb bone bruise. Betts finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

09/29/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
INF/OF Eduardo Nunez (sprained right knee) missed his third straight game Thursday against the Astros. The super utility man is not close to playing, although he did run sprints in the outfield before the game. He is not in danger of being left off the American League Division Series roster should the Red Sox get there, manager John Farrell said. "Improving but not yet ready," Farrell said. Nunez aggravated his knee injury on Monday against the Blue Jays.

09/29/2017 - Doug Fister  
RHP Doug Fister tries to lock up the No. 3 spot in the Red Sox's postseason rotation in Friday's start against the Astros. Fister (5-8, 4.87 ERA) has fallen back to earth in his three starts since tossing four straight quality starts, allowing 14 runs over his last 11 1/3 innings (11.12 ERA). Fister is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in two career starts against his former team in Houston. Carlos Beltran is a smoking 5-for-11 (.455) with one home run and three RBIs lifetime versus Fister. Josh Reddick is 5-for-17 (.294) with one RBI and Jose Altuve is 3-for-4 with an RBI against him.

09/28/2017 - Eduardo Rodriguez  
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez could put himself in position to be the Red Sox's No. 3 starter in the postseason with a strong performance Thursday in the series opener against the Astros. Rodriguez (6-6, 3.91 ERA) is vying with RHPs Doug Fister and Rick Porcello for the third spot. The young southpaw has only faced the Astros once on July 5, 2015, when he tossed five one-run innings with nine strikeouts.

09/28/2017 - Dustin Pedroia  
2B Dustin Pedroia returned to the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays after missing two games due to swelling in his left knee. Pedroia (.297, seven homers, 60 RBIs) hit second in the lineup and went 2-for-5 with an RBI. "I feel good, ready to go," Pedroia said before the game. "I like playing baseball."

09/28/2017 - Eduardo Nunez  
INF/OF Eduardo Nunez (sprained right knee) missed his second straight game Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Nunez (.321, eight homers, 27 RBIs) tweaked his knee during his second at-bat of the series opener Monday and left the game shortly after. He was given Tuesday and Wednesday off to rest.

09/28/2017 - Mookie Betts  
RF Mookie Betts (left wrist inflammation/right thumb bone bruise) was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays but was available as a pinch hitter. Betts (.265, 23 homers, 101 RBIs) injured his wrist Monday and left the game in the eighth inning. Subsequent CT exams revealed no structural damage.

09/28/2017 - David Price  
LHP David Price made his first relief appearance for the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless frames. Price struck out three. He has thrown six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in three relief outings since returning from the disabled list. "Just sharp, powerful. The three appearances he's made for us out of the bullpen, they've been extremely consistent and powerful," manager John Farrell said.

09/28/2017 - Xander Bogaerts  
SS Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs total Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Bogaerts' homer came in the third inning, an estimated 437-foot blast over the Green Monster in left field. He also had an RBI single in the second and finished 3-for-5 with a strikeout.