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    2020 Spring Training

    Welp, the first pseudo-action of the sprint kicked off a few hours ago so we probably should get a thread going for Spring Training. We've already had a few "best shape of my (recent) career" quotes (thanks Lucroy) and an Ortiz sighting ("moving Mookie was great given the way the game is both business and talent"). Feel free to share news and thoughts on the Red Sox as they tune up for the 2020 MLB season.

    Red Sox INF prospect CJ Chatham was scratched from Friday's exhibition against Northeastern with shoulder soreness.
    Chatham was replaced by Jeter Downs in the lineup for the exhibition. The former second-round pick is expected to open the year in Triple-A, but he's already on the 40-man roster and could see time with the Red Sox before 2020 comes to an end.
    Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told reporters that there's no timetable yet as to when Alex Verdugo (back) will be ready to return.
    Roenicke also said that Verdugo is doing a running program outside, and that he was able to throw for the first time since Saturday. The former Dodger is dealing with a stress fracture in his back, and while it's not expected to be a long-term injury, there is a chance he may need to open the season on the injured list.

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    We got the Orioles today in spring training so that should be a good one

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    Hoping to avoid injury, Chris Sale taking mound armed with a high-tech sleeve

    Dustin Pedroia placed on 60 IL

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    The #RedSox today claimed RHP Phillips Valdez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners.

    To make room on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox placed 2B Dustin Pedroia on the 60-day injured list.

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    Jarren Duran went 2-for-3 with a homer Wednesday and is 5-for-8 this spring.
    Duran, a 2018 seventh-round pick, tore it up in high-A ball last year (.387/.456/.543 in 50 games) before struggling in his first at Double-A (.250/.309/.325 in 82 games). He's a big-time speedster who is still learning the finer points of playing center field. If he can come along defensively, he could be an adequate regular, and one imagines the thrifty Red Sox would love to be able to plug him at a minimum salary in place of Jackie Bradley Jr. in 2021.
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    Red Sox interim manager Ron Roenicke told reporters Tuesday morning that pitcher Chris Sale felt some soreness in his pitching elbow following his live BP session over the weekend and was sent for a MRI. The results are not yet known and they will be sent to Dr. James Andrews.

    Roenicke acknowledged there is some concern.

    Sale threw 18 pitchers to Red Sox minor leaguers on Sunday, which was the first time he faced hitters since last August. He finished the year on the injured left with left elbow inflammation.

    "I thought he looked good," pitching coach Dave Bush said to reporters at the time. "It was an important step in progression through the spring. It was a full pregame routine with long toss and time in the bullpen and then 15 pitches on the mound. So, it was a normal step for him. He felt pretty good and I thought it looked pretty good."

    Last week it was announced Sale would start the season on the injured list because he got off to a late start this spring due to pneumonia.
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    If ElAttrache is the second opinion to Andrews then Sale is getting TJ (which he should have done in August). His delivery is just made to produce that result. At the start of a $145M/5yr contract. Sigh.

    The scans have already been reviewed by Dr. James Andrews, and now Dr. Neal ElAttrache will take a look. Those are the two biggest sports surgeons in North America. Sale got off to a late start in Red Sox camp after battling pneumonia in early February and he experienced discomfort in his left elbow earlier this week following his first live batting practice session of the spring. This is all very ominous for the 30-year-old southpaw, who dealt with elbow issues in 2019 and posted a career-worst 4.40 ERA across 147 1/3 innings.
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    Regarding Sale, Peter Abraham (Boston Globe) characterized the ElAttache opinion as a third opinion with Roenicke saying "We've got to get this right." C'mon guys... 2020 had a slim chance of success and it's not worth trying to stretch Sale just to keep that alive. Bite the bullet and play for 2021. 2020 becomes about getting younger guys in place. Maybe Duran gets to cameo at the end of the year... after they've dealt JBJ to a real contender.


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    The Boston Red Sox still have plenty of roster trimming to do, but they wiped out quite a few guys Sunday. Boston’s big league roster now stands at 47 players after 15 were reassigned. The Red Sox ultimately have to get their active roster down to 26 by the time Opening Day rolls around. So, here are the changes:

    Assigned to minor league camp Roldani Baldwin, C Connor Wong, C/IF Jeter Downs, IF Josh Ockimey, 1B R.J. Alvarez, P Trevor Hildenberger, P Tanner Houck, P Mike Kickham, P

    Optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Bobby Dalbec, 1B/3B C.J. Chatham, IF Kyle Hart, P Mike Shawaryn, P Phillips Valdez, P Optioned to Double-A Portland Marcus Wilson, OF Optioned to High-A Salem Yoan Aybar, P

    Most notable of these transactions is Bobby Dalbec and Tanner Houck getting sent down. Not that it’s a total surprise they were reassigned, but of this group they probably had the best shots at making pushes for spots on the Opening Day roster. That said, they nevertheless were major longshots to make the big league roster out of camp, and the best thing for all parties involved is that they begin 2020 in the minors.
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    Two Major League Baseball executives told USA Today's Bob Nightengale that Opening Day could be delayed until Memorial Day weekend or later.
    Obviously, no one knows for sure how long the season might be delayed at this point as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc across the globe. That said, the speculative Memorial Day weekend timetable shouldn't come as a surprise. Nightengale says that team owners and presidents will have a conference call on Monday afternoon to determine what the next steps will be. MLB has advised clubs to end organized group workouts at their spring training and home parks.
    According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, an "overwhelming majority" of Red Sox players have left Fort Myers or will be leaving soon.
    Sadly, this seems to be the case for most teams, as spring training facilities are being disbanded and players are heading home. The longer that players are away from their respective spring training facilities, the longer they'll need to build back up before the regular season could potentially start. At this rate, anything before Memorial Day seems optimistic.
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    The #RedSox announced today that LHP Chris Sale will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) on his left elbow.
    Source: Redsox Twitter

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    Six months too late for Sale. Given that surgery was the outcome, I wish they'd (he'd) been more aggressive about it. I'd rather be reading about his rehab and looking forward to 2021 than wondering how they'll make up the half-season that he'll also miss next year.

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    Baseball's back! July 1st

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    After months of deliberation, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Tuesday agreed to terms on the structure of the upcoming campaign. It will be a quick turnaround for players, as they’re set to report to training camp July 1, and the 60-game regular season will begin either July 23 or July 24. Within the official statement released Tuesday, the league noted “the proposed schedule largely will feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division.” So for the Red Sox, their schedule will include matchups with the five National League East teams in addition to contests with the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. According to The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey, Boston will play 10 games against each American League East rival. If that’s the case, one would assume the Red Sox, in turn, would play four games against each the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins and reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals.

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