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After seeking a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Clay Buchholz’s original diagnosis of a flexor strain in the right elbow was confirmed. During the visit, it was recommended that the right-hander also get a Platelet-Rich Plasma injection. This injection contains a higher proportion of platelets than normal blood and it’s thought to facilitate reduction of inflammation and healing in the elbow.

This injection will shut Buchholz down once again, possibly for a few weeks, and push the timetable for his return back. Prior to the injection the Sox ace had played light toss the past few days, and with the injection this will come to a halt. Continue reading Clay Buchholz Receives Elbow Injection, Will Extend Time on DL »

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Highly-Touted Prospect Brian Johnson

As the Red Sox start the unofficial second half of the MLB season the team finds itself with a lack starting pitching. The injury to Clay Buccholz’ elbow and his subsequent placement on the 15-day DL is a devastating loss, especially with Joe Kelly still trying to find himself in AAA and Masterson having assumed a spot in the bullpen.

The starting rotation currently features Wade Miley, Eduardo Rodriguez and Rick Porcello. Clearly, starting pitching is scarce, and management has attempted to combat this dilemma by calling up a Brian Johnson from Pawtucket. Continue reading Introducing Red Sox Prospect Brian Johnson »

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Boston Red Sox Vice President Allard Baird was spotted at Sunday’s game in Philadelphia to watch Cole Hamels post-All Star Break start versus the Miami Marlins.

Boston appears to still be interested in making a trade before July 31 for the Philadelphia Phillies, left-hander starter, despite his last two lackluster starts.

Hamels averaged three innings per game during his last two starts, Sunday July 19 and July 10. In Sunday’s game, he allowed five earned runs on eight hits, and during the July 10 game, he gave up a staggering 9 runs. Continue reading Red Sox Interested in Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto »

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Sonny Gray (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

That might be a slightly vague title; the Red Sox should do a lot of things, including win many more ballgames. The main point of this article is that the Red Sox can trade for Sonny Gray. The Red Sox have had the ability to trade for the ace that they so desperately need for quite some time; they just have not felt comfortable making that move. Now that the team has come to the point where they really need an ace to contend for the postseason, they should be aiming as high as possible in their search for a star starting pitcher.

Unfortunately the options are not as plentiful as the Red Sox would like. Despite some rumors that the White Sox should shop Chris Sale at the deadline, the team has flat-out denied that strategy. The Red Sox have been trying to trade for Felix Hernandez for years, to no avail, and the Phillies seem to have an unreasonable price tag on Cole Hamels. There have also been reports that the Red Sox are not interested in any of the “rental” arms on this year’s trade market, such as Johnny Cueto, David Price, or Jeff Samardzija. This seems to leave Oakland’s Sonny Gray as the most logical trade target for the Red Sox’ rotation.

Continue reading Red Sox Should Target Sonny Gray »

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Eastern League All-Star Game 2015

This week, the Eastern League All-Star game was held by the Red Sox’ AA-affiliate Portland Sea Dogs (ME). I was fortunate enough to have had the privilege to go attend the game, and what a pleasure it was to watch the Eastern League’s best showcase their talents in front of a sold-out Hadlock Field.

The gates opened to the public at 3:00 for an eventful afternoon in Portland that included the first, planned Homerun Derby and a festive pregame introduction ceremony that allowed fans to greet the starters as they made their way down to the field from the sky-boxes. After the National Anthem, Blake Swihart threw out the ceremonial first pitch and, around 7:20, it was time to play ball. Continue reading Portland Hosts Eastern League All-Star Game, Ends in Unusual Fashion »

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Imagine what could have been.

According to a report from WEEI, Seattle Mariners’ right fielder Nelson Cruz tried not once, but twice, to come to the Boston Red Sox in the past two offseasons.  Cruz is good friends with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Ortiz tried convincing the Sox brass to sign Cruz.

Cruz is batting .308 with 21 homers and 53 runs batted in. If he were on the Red Sox, he would be leading the team in almost every offensive category right now. Also, it is worth mentioning that he is putting up these numbers in which he is playing in Safeco Field, a ballpark known to diminish offensive numbers. Adrian Beltre is all the proof you need. Continue reading Nelson Cruz Wanted to be a Red Sox »

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Brock Having Fun in Cincy

The Red Sox’ lone representative in the All-Star Game performed just as expected Tuesday night. It is exactly what the members of Red Sox Nation have been seeing from Brock Holt all season.

Holt came in to the game in the 7th inning to pinch run for Mike Trout. He promptly executed a delayed steal of second base on a pitch that he read as a ball in the dirt, which was made a close play only by the excellence of Yadier Molina. Brock then came around to score the American League’s fourth run on Manny Machado’s RBI double off the wall in right-center field. Continue reading Brock Holt Up To His Usual Ways in All-Star Game Appearance »

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