The Red Sox have no interest at this time in Pat Burrell, the former Tampa Bay Rays DH, released last week. Burrell cleared waivers yesterday, but with an improving DH situation with David Ortiz and Mike Lowell, the Sox wouldn’t have a space for another one-dimensional player.
Angel Sanchez was in uniform and wearing No. 13 and starting at shortstop probably for just one game while Marco Scutaro takes a brief respite to calm down his tennis (left) elbow..
“I think he’s doing OK,” Francona said Scutaro. “He was a little tender last night. I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to work. That’s part of the reason we have Angel (Sanchez) here for tonight. (Marco) is under the assumpiton that he’ll be able to go tomorrow. If he’s not ready we’ll give it another day but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Francona said.
Sanchez was activated officially this afternoon and the Sox designated left-handed pitcher Scott Schoeneweis for assignment.
Sanchez, 26, is hitting .313 (41-for-131) with four doubles, one triple, nine RBI, 17 runs and 11 walks in 36 games for the PawSox this season. He’s played 23 games at shortstop, posting a .966 fielding percentage (3 errors/87 total chances), and has also appeared in four contests at second base (0 errors/9 total chances) and one at third base (0 errors/3 total chances).
Signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in December 2009, Sanchez spent last season in the Blue Jays organization and hit .305 (137-for-449) with 29 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 60 RBI and 67 runs scored in 126 games for Toronto’s Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate. Selected by the Royals in the 11th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, he played in eight Major League games with Kansas City in 2006 and hit .222 (6-for-27) with an RBI and two runs scored. He appeared in four games at both second base (four starts) and shortstop (one start) without committing an error (46 total chances).
“Really happy,” said Sanchez, when asked his reaction when told of the news. Sanchez said the Red Sox told him he’d be starting tonight.
Schoeneweis, 36, went 1-0 with a 7.90 ERA (12 ER/13.2 IP) in 15 relief appearances for the Red Sox in 2010 after signing with the club as a minor league free agent on March 26. Originally signed by the Angels as a third-round selection in the 1996 First-Year Player Draft, the left-hander has appeared in 577 career Major League games (93 starts) over parts of 12 seasons with the Angels (1999-2003), White Sox (2003-04), Blue Jays (2005-06), Reds (2006), Mets (2007-08), Diamondbacks (2009) and Red Sox (2010). He has posted a 47-57 record with nine saves and a 5.01 ERA (541 ER/972.0 IP).
The daily Mike Cameron-Jacoby Ellsbury rehab update: “I just talked to Cam. He went 0-for-4. Played the whole game (for Portland) and played pretty well. He’ll play center field again tomorrow. Maybe not the whole game tomorrow. We’ll see. We’ll go forward from there whether he needs to sit the next day. Ellsbury had a real good day. He went 3-for-4 and stole a base. Slid a couple of times, Dove back to first a couple of times. A lot of good things happened. He felt good about himself. It sounded really good. How his body responds afterward is important also.”
On Mike Lowell playing over David Ortiz today with lefty Francisco Liriano pitching: ‘I think it’s a little bit of everything. Like CC (Sabathia) the other night is tougher on righties (which is why Lowell sat). I think David is swinging the bat as well as he can which is great. This to me is one of those normal take-your-blow against a tough lefty. This is a guy who is really tough on lefties. This is a perfect night to send some righties up there and see if they can do some damage,” Francona said.
David Ortiz is taking grounders at first base, a sign that he will likely see some duty there during the interleague series vs. Philadelphia.