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Bobby Dalbec
Bobby Dalbec Strikeouts piling up
Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 7:49 AM
Dalbec went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Friday's 3-0 win over Baltimore.
Analysis: Dalbec continues to fill a spot in the lineup at first base with Triston Casas (shoulder) done for the season. Dalbec hit safely in the first five games after being called up from Triple-A Worcester, but he's gone the other the way since. The corner infielder is 1-for-16 with 10 strikeouts over his last five contests.
Kenley Jansen
Kenley Jansen Shut down for year
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 9:17 PM
Manager Alex Cora announced Friday that Jansen will not pitch again this season, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Jansen was activated off the COVID-19 injured list last weekend, but he hasn't made an appearance since Sept. 12 and the Red Sox don't have a reason to push him out there in their final two regular-season games. The veteran closer is due a $16 million salary from Boston in 2024.
Enmanuel Valdez
Enmanuel Valdez Sitting against lefty
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 3:02 PM
Valdez is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles.
Analysis: Pablo Reyes will play second base and bat seventh versus the O's and left-hander John Means. Valdez has gone 1-for-12 with five strikeouts against lefties this season.
Wilyer Abreu
Wilyer Abreu Takes seat versus lefty
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 2:51 PM
Abreu is absent from the lineup Friday at Baltimore.
Analysis: Rob Refsnyder, Ceddanne Rafaela and Adam Duvall will start across the outfield for the Red Sox as they take on left-hander John Means. Abreu has drawn only seven plate appearances versus lefties since being promoted to Boston in August.
Masataka Yoshida
Masataka Yoshida Absent from lineup
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 2:30 PM
Yoshida is not in the lineup for Friday's contest in Baltimore.
Analysis: Yoshida had started each of the last right games for the Red Sox, but this is the third time in a row he won't be in the lineup against a left-hander. Rob Refsnyder will patrol left field and Justin Turner will be the team's designated hitter.
Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo Taking seat against southpaw
Fri, Sep 29, 2023, 2:28 PM
Verdugo is absent from the lineup for Friday's game in Baltimore.
Analysis: The left-handed hitting Verdugo will begin the contest on the bench as the Orioles send lefty John Means to the hill. Adam Duvall will cover right field for Boston.
Nick Robertson
Nick Robertson Returns to big leagues
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:22 PM
Robertson was recalled from Triple-A Worcester on Thursday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: He's taking the roster spot vacated by Chris Martin, whose season is over due to a viral infection. Robertson has posted a 6.33 ERA over 17 big-league appearances this season between the Dodgers and Red Sox.
Chris Martin
Chris Martin Lands on injured list
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:21 PM
The Red Sox placed Martin on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a viral infection, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: Martin's illness will officially put an early end to his season. The 37-year-old righty was dominant out of the bullpen for Boston in 2023, charting a minuscule 1.05 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 51.1 innings while collecting 23 holds and three saves. Nick Robertson was recalled from Triple-A Worcester to fill Martin's roster spot for the final series of the year.
Adam Duvall
Adam Duvall Absent from lineup again
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:04 PM
Duvall is not in the lineup for Thursday's contest against the Orioles, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: This marks four out of the last five games that Duvall has not been in the starting lineup, as Ceddanne Rafaela and Wilyer Abreu both look to have passed the veteran outfielder in the pecking order down the stretch, at least against right-handed pitching. Duvall has managed a lowly .494 OPS this month.
Justin Turner
Justin Turner Getting day off Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 2:00 PM
Turner is not in the lineup for Thursday's game in Baltimore, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: Turner had started each of the last seven contests for the Red Sox but will get a well-earned break Thursday. Masataka Yoshida will serve as Boston's designated hitter and Bobby Dalbec will man first base.
Brayan Bello
Brayan Bello Raked by Rays
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 9:56 AM
Bello (12-11) took the loss Wednesday, coughing up five runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings as the Red Sox were downed 5-0 by the Rays. He struck out three.
Analysis: The Boston offense gave him no support, but Bello was far from sharp himself, tossing 62 of 100 pitches for strikes and serving up homers to Josh Lowe in the second inning and Isaac Paredes in the sixth. The 24-year-old right-hander wraps up his first full big-league campaign with a 4.24 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 132:45 K:BB through 157 innings, and he figures to be a big part of the team's rotation plans in 2024.
Reese McGuire
Reese McGuire Was available Wednesday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 7:17 AM
McGuire (thumb) was available to play Wednesday, reports.
Analysis: McGuire injured his thumb while taking warmup pitches prior to the start of the third inning of Tuesday's loss to the Rays. Connor Wong replaced him Tuesday and started Wednesday. Boston manager Alex Cora said McGuire was available off the bench if needed.
Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers Rare day off Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 1:22 PM
Devers is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Rays, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Devers has been scuffling lately with just two hits over his last 21 at-bats, so he'll receive a rare day off to clear his head. Bobby Dalbec is getting a start at third base for Boston on Wednesday.
Wilyer Abreu
Wilyer Abreu Knocks in two
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 7:31 AM
Abreu started in center field and went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's 9-7 loss to the Rays.
Analysis: The Red Sox made what looked like a blowout early into a fun affair. Abreu's two-run double in the fifth inning followed Enmanuel Valdez's three-run home run in the fourth, cutting the Rays' early seven-run lead to 7-5. Both Abreu and Valdez, who were acquired from the Astros last season in exchange for Christian Vazquez, have gotten their first tastes of the majors in 2023. Abreu, who made a second consecutive start after missing a handful of games last week due to a hand injury, has been a bright spot since being called up in late August, posting a .371/.435/.565 slash line in 23 games.
Tanner Houck
Tanner Houck Struggles against Tampa
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 9:49 PM
Houck (5-10) took the loss Tuesday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits over three innings against the Rays. He struck out two.
Analysis: Houck struggled from the outset Tuesday, allowing three runs in the opening inning before the Rays tacked on another four runs in the third. The 27-year-old right-hander had looked better of late, allowing just two runs over his prior two outings (10 innings). Overall, Houck's ERA is up to 5.31 with a 1.41 WHIP and 93:38 K:BB through 20 starts (100 innings) this season. He'll likely get one more chance to end his season on a high note, as Houck's currently lined up to pitch in Boston's season finale this weekend against Baltimore.
Enmanuel Valdez
Enmanuel Valdez Three hits, homer in loss
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 9:41 PM
Valdez went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI in Tuesday's 9-7 loss against the Rays.
Analysis: Valdez got the Red Sox on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run blast off Zach Eflin, his sixth homer of the year, before driving in a fourth run with a double in the eighth. Valdez has been on fire since he was recalled from Triple-A on Friday, going 6-for-10 with four extra-base hits in three games. Overall, the rookie infielder is batting .273 with a .793 OPS, 19 RBI, 15 runs scored and four stolen bases as he looks to work his way into Boston's 2024 plans.
Reese McGuire
Reese McGuire Suffers bruised thumb
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 8:17 PM
McGuire was pulled from Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay due to a left thumb contusion, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: McGuire injured his thumb while catching warmup throws from Tanner Houck ahead of the third inning and was replaced by Connor Wong. There's no word on how long McGuire will be held out, but Wong figures to see more consistent starts behind the plate while McGuire recovers.
Reese McGuire
Reese McGuire Exits with thumb injury
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 6:59 PM
McGuire was removed from Tuesday's game against the Rays with a thumb injury, Ian Browne of reports.
Analysis: No word yet on the severity of McGuire's injury, but the Red Sox should provide more specifics in the near future. Connor Wong entered the game to replace McGuire behind the plate.
Kyle Barraclough
Kyle Barraclough Remains in organization
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 4:28 PM
Barraclough cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Worcester on Tuesday, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: The right-hander was designated for assignment by Boston on Sunday but will remain in the organization after he passed through waivers unclaimed. Barraclough made just three appearances in the big leagues in 2023 and allowed 11 earned runs over 7.2 innings, though he fared better at Triple-A with a 3.65 ERA in 14 outings (13 starts).
Connor Wong
Connor Wong Not starting Tuesday
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 3:20 PM
Wong is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
Analysis: Wong has just one hit over his past nine games and will take a seat for Tuesday's contest. Reese McGuire will step in behind the plate to catch for righty Tanner Houck.


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