With Will Middlebrooks and Shane Victorino shuffled to the DL late this week, Boston made a number of roster moves to get through the weekend series with the Indians and beyond.
Jose Iglesias, who has seen some action recently at third base at the Triple A, level was activated, inserted into Boston’s line up Friday night and collected one hit in three ABs while playing flawless defense. Conventional wisdom says he will split time there with Pedro Ciriaco who has had limited plate appearances.
Also activated and inserted quickly into the Red Sox line up Friday night was Alredo “Psycho” Aceves. Aceves who was dismissed to the minors with a bad attitude and bad stats, seemingly toed the line at Pawtuckett and finished off John Lackey’s masterpiece Friday with one-hit relief in the bottom of the ninth. With the control and pitch count troubles experienced by Ryan Dempster of late, look for Aceves in long relief or even a possible spot start.
Rumors are swirling that Boston’s injury prone outfield will soon be fortified by a young guy who charmed our Sox off in Spring Training. It is likely Jackie Bradley will soon be on the receiving end of a phone call from John Farrell to rejoin the parent club. Bradley has responded well to daily play with a .322 batting average and a nice sprinkling of extra-base hits at Triple-A.
Jon Lester goes for his 7th win against just a single loss Saturday afternoon in game three of a four game set with the Tribe. Lester will try to emulate the second strong outing by the surgically repaired Lackey, who drew chants from Red Sox fans when he departed after seven in Friday night’s monsoon like 8-1 win over Cleveland.
Lackey finished the night with surrendering just three hits, three walks, 8 strike outs and no earned runs while improving to 3-4 on the season and lowering his ERA to 2.72.
Given the multiple question marks and concerns about starting pitching as the season unfolded, had anybody told most of Red Sox faithful that Boston would be a game out of first in the A.L. East entering the Memorial Day weekend, we would have asked for a second helping of this.
Next stop for the Red Sox following the Cleveland series is Inter-league play against the Phillies, then a set with the Evil Empire to close out May and welcome June.
- BoSox put Victorino, Middlebrooks on 15-day DL (tracking.si.com)
- Bosox: Where have all the shortstops gone? (baseballtrashtalkin.org)