SEATTLE — The first-place Red Sox have lost three straight and are wobbling. Manager John Farrell acknowledged that the team is “a little beat up” following an 11-4 loss against the Mariners.
Farrell met with reporters after the game then huddled with general manager Ben Cherington to discuss the roster. He indicated that moves will be made.
“We’ve got some discussions to take place here tonight. Any pending changes will come out of that meeting with Ben,” Farrell said. “We’ll see where that takes us.”
The first order of business may be to start an actual center fielder in center field on Tuesday night. Jackie Bradley Jr. did not play in either game of Pawtucket’s doubleheader on Monday and may be on his way here.
With Jacoby Ellsbury and Shane Victorino out with injuries, the Red Sox were forced to use Daniel Nava in center on Monday. His play didn’t cost them the game, but Nava committed a throwing error and misjudged several balls.
Given his limited experience — 13 innings in the minors — it was borderline unfair to send Nava out there, especially in a big park like Safeco Field.
The Sox could place Ellsbury or Victorino on the disabled list and get through the rest of this week with Bradley in center.
The Sox also may need to make yet another pitching move. Jose De La Torre went 1.2 innings and 50 pitches. That would put him out of action for at least a day, if not two. He could be optioned out for a fresh arm.
Alex Wilson, after a promising start to his rookie season, is starting to get hit hard. He gave up three runs on three hits tonight — two of them doubles. In his last six appearances, Wilson has allowed eight runs on nine hits over five innings. He, too, could be demoted.
There are several pitchers available on the 40-man roster. The Sox also have a spot open on the 40-man roster, so they could purchase the contract of a player.