You can pretty much tell now, based on the Sox lineup, that the end has come.
The Sox will start a lineup tonight that will have Daniel Nava leading off and playing left field, Ryan Kalish in center, Yamaico Navarro at shortstop and Lars Anderson at first base. All rookies. This is the lineup that will go up against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are in a first-place race with the New York Yankees.
It’s obvious the Red Sox are trying to bring some value to Navarro and Anderson especially in hopes they might be players they can throw in deals this off-season. Josh Reddick, who has begun to play well at Pawtucket (.266, 18 homers, 65 RBI is also going to be active for tonight’s game.
Reddick, according to a couple of scouts who watched a lot of Pawtucket, could definitely be an attractive player for several teams given he’s a center fielder with reasonably good speed.
Anderson has not received high marks from baseball scouts, who feel he can be pitched to with holes in his swing. They also see him as a below average at first base, where he’ll play tonight. Anderson struck out 109 times in 409 at-bats, hit .262 with 10 homers and 53 RBI for a .768 OPS at Pawtucket.
He had been successful at Double-A where he hit .355 with five homers and 16 RBI and a 1.086 OPS. Manager Terry Francona said the organization felt Anderson had begun to hit much better and his defense had improved.
Jason Varitek will also be activated for tonight’s game after catching yesterday and DH’ing for Pawtucket today. He was 2 for 5 in two games with one RBI.
Francona said that Marco Scutaro will have an MRI on his neck and shoulder tomorrow. Scuatro has played with a herniated disc all season.
Felix Doubront, who had been sidelined with a upper pectoral injury, threw a side session today.
Francona said whether Clay Buchholz comes back on three days rest will determine by whether the Red Sox won tonight’s game.