Scutaro to DL; Iglesias on his way
A Major League source said last night that the Red Sox are “likely’’ to promote 21-year-old shortstop Jose Iglesias today to take the place of injured Marco Scutaro.
Scutaro, who was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’ 4-0 victory against Minnesota, is dealing with an injury to his left rib cage.
Iglesias was summoned to Boston after going 3 for 4 for Triple-A Pawtucket against Scranton in Moosic, Pa., yesterday. Scutaro will be examined today and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Iglesias is hitting .253 with a .278 on-base percentage and no extra-base hits in 24 games for the PawSox, but he is advanced defensively.
The Sox signed Iglesias to an $8.25 million major league contract in 2009. He has played only 94 games in the minors. The Sox would probably have prefered to call up infielder Yamaico Navarro, who played 20 games in the majors last season. But he was placed on the Pawtucket disabled list yesterday with a strained oblique.
Pawtucket has run into injury issues of its own. Navarro has joined outfielders Ryan Kalish (shoulder) and Juan Carlos Linares (left ankle surgery) on the disabled list.
No second thoughts Slumping second baseman Dustin Pedroia was given Thursday off. Some players might have been dropped in the batting order after returning. But Pedroia has hit second in the two games since, a sign of how much faith manager Terry Francona has in him.
“I’d like to leave him where he is,’’ Francona said yesterday. “I’ve been around him long enough to know that he will get every bit as hot as he got cold. I know my job is to remain positive, but this is an easy one.’’
Pedroia was 1 for 4 with a walk yesterday, the single coming in the seventh inning.
Pedroia is 7 of 57 (.123) without an extra-base hit in his last 14 games with 15 strikeouts. His batting average has dropped from .333 to .236.
Francona suggested the skid is more a result of pitch selection than a flaw in Pedroia’s all-or-nothing swing.
“Figuring out Pedey’s mechanics is hard,’’ Francona said. “He does some things you wouldn’t teach a lot of people. But he’s a great player.’’
Missing Liriano If Francisco Liriano becomes the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 to throw consecutive no-hitters, it won’t be against the Sox.
The lefthander, who no-hit the White Sox last Tuesday, has a sore throat and was bumped to Tuesday against the Tigers. The Sox will face righthander Nick Blackburn tomorrow.
The Sox may have come up short in that switch. Liriano has a 7.78 ERA in four career starts against the Sox, 12.48 in two starts at Fenway Park.
Blackburn (2-4, 4.41) is 2-1, 4.79 in four career appearances against the Sox.
Liriano threw 123 pitches against the White Sox, which probably played a role in giving him an extra day of rest.
Waiting for word Francona has not heard from Major League Baseball regarding his ejection Friday night. The manager was tossed after arguing a balk called by Angel Hernandez. He then was forcibly kept away from Hernandez by crew chief Joe West. MLB usually takes a few days to hand down suspensions and fines. Francona said he hopes to give his side of the story.
“I don’t know the exact protocol, how it would be,’’ he said.
A special day Major league players will wear pink ribbons on their uniforms today, Mother’s Day, to increase awareness of breast cancer. Many players also will use pink bats and wear pink wristbands. The honorary bat girl for the Red Sox will be Amy Seich of Canton. She lost her father to cancer in 1977 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 at age 32. Seich underwent a mastectomy, reconstruction, and nine months of chemotherapy and now has been cancer-free for 20 years. She is one of 30 honorary bat girls chosen by a panel that included Sox pitcher Jon Lester, a cancer survivor. Breast cancer survivor Kathy Hart will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before another survivor, Maria Santiago, will announce “play ball.’’ Fans will be allowed to walk around the warning track after the game, with all mothers receiving carnations from the team.
Staying put Carl Crawford is 11 for 27 this month and has hit safely in all seven games. His batting average is up to .210. But Francona plans to keep hitting him eighth for now. “Carl’s going to really get going,’’ Francona said. “I know he’s starting to show some signs already. And then we’ll get him up towards the top of the lineup. I’ve bounced him around enough early. Try to stay put for a while here and let him get going.’’ . . . Adrian Gonzalez homered off a billboard above the Monster Seats Friday. It’s unusual for a lefthanded hitter to hit a ball that far. “I was surprised where it hit,’’ said Francona. “That ball went a long way and was still going. When he starts backspinning balls, I think you might see that.’’ . . . Scott Atchison, who was designated for assignment Friday, must clear optional waivers before being assigned to Triple A Pawtucket.