The Red Sox didn’t want Josh Reddick missing at-bats on the Sox bench so they acquired Jonathan Van Every from the Pirates, according to Sox manager Terry Francona.
Reddick and Van Every have the same skill set and Van Every knows the routine in Boston. He’s known for his April 29th heroics last season when he hit a 10th-inning homer off Jensen Lewis at Jacobs Field to break a 5-5 tie and send the Sox to a 6-5 victory.
“We really didn’t want Reddick sitting here not playing,” Francona said. “When we brought him (Reddick) we told him we don’t want him sitting here. So you get a guy with a little more experience who does a lot of the same things. We don’t want anything getting in the way of Reddick’s development.”
On Van Every: “He’s one of the best kids ever. He can play all three OF positions, gives us some athleticism. He’ll always be ready to play and hopefully he’ll run into a few balls. The hit in Cleveland is probably the most memorable for everybody. He’s had some ups and down. He had the injury to his knee, but he’ll be ready and prepared. Again we have two injuries to our outfielders (Cameron and Ellsbury) and I appreciate Theo going out to get us some help.”
On future of Cameron and Ellsbury: Francona said the hope is both Cameron and Ellsbury will fly with the team to Toronto on the next road trip. Ellsbury, who seems to be doing a little more activity each day, could come up the DL as early as Tuesday. Francona said Ellsbury was going to start swinging the bat this afternoon.
J.D. Drew out of the lineup: “I thought he needed it,” Francona said. “Because we’ve been pretty short he’s been out there a lot. He’ll play tomorrow.”
Pedroia, in a 1-for-24 funk, back to second in the order: “I thought Pedey was trying too hard. We might have done it anyway but it’s a lot easier when J.D. is not playing,” Francona said.
Tough to sit David Ortiz after he homered: “I thought this was out best lineup. I guess I understand why I have to answer the question. We have a roster and we’re trying to put the best team out there. At the same time, I would like guys to get hot but at the same time we’ve got a pretty tough lefty (Brian Matusz) going today. He’s been beating up some lefthander’s (3-for-14 against him),” the manager explained.
The only Sox batter who has faced Matusz is Marco Scutaro, 1-for-2 with a homer while with the Blue Jays. Last time out against Oakland, Matusz allowed his first extra-base hit of over 17-1/3 innings.
Explaining the lineup: “I wanted Victor to DH and I wanted Lowell’s bat in there,” Francona said.
V-Mart working with catching instructor Gary Tuck: “He does that a lot more than people think. We’re trying to pay attention to detail. He’s very accepting of instruction from Gary and it’s been a rough period for all of us. I don’t think bailing is the answer. If our guys want to work through this we need to do it together,” Francona said.