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More coaching moves and player updates

Posted by Craig Forde  December 14, 2012 04:52 PM

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On top of the DiSarcina and Joppie announcements for Pawtucket, there were plenty more coaching moves up and down the Sox Minor League system today. In Portland Rich Gedman will take over as hitting coach after a season of doing the same in High-A Salem.

For the second straight year Nelson Paulino will fill Gedman’s role as hitting coach as he makes the jump from Lowell to Salem. Paulino will be in his 16th season with the Red Sox organization.

Also departing from Lowell is Paul Abbott who will jump up to Greenville to take the reigns as pitching coach. Joining Abbott with the Drive will be new hitting coach Tim Hyers who has spent the last four seasons as an area scout for the Red Sox. A former second round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays (1990) Hyers was previously a hitting coach with the Single-A West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) in 2002.

The Short Season-A Lowell Spinners will add two new coaches to join manager Bruce Crabbe. Walter Miranda will fill the pitching coach role left vacant by Abbott. It will be the third separate time Walter has assumed this role with the Spinners, having previously done so in 2005-2006 and 2008. Noah Hall will be the team’s new hitting coach after a year of coaching with the Gulf Coast Red Sox alongside Miranda.

Darren Finster, who served as Greenville’s hitting coach last year, was named manager of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox.

RANAUDO, JOHNSON GREEN LIT FOR SPRING: Anthony Ranaudo and Brian Johnson, both young arms that the organization will hope they can rely on sometime in the near future and both of whom had a bit of uncertainty tagged to their names due to injury issues, were giving positive seals of approval from Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett on Friday.

Ranaudo, who missed much of the regular season with Portland due to a ‘dead arm’, looked to be back on track after pitching very well in the Puerto Rican winter league. But after suffering a groin injury in a November 28th start, concern once again entered into the equation.

"Anthony is back home and at this point we're not anticipating any kind of issue going forward to the offseason," said Crockett. "They did a bunch of tests and there were no tears of note, nothing more than muscle spasms. Based on the history of the injury, we wanted to be more on the cautious side. He's in a good place mentally to go into spring training."

Johnson, the 31st overall selection of the 2012 MLB draft, seems to be suffering no lingering affects after suffering multiple orbital bone fractures after being struck in the face with a line drive during a start with Lowell at Fenway Park in August.

"Currently there are no issues with [Johnson]," said Crockett. "He's been able to go through a fairly normal offseason and we hope that puts him in position to compete in spring training with everyone else."

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