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Hansen in, Van Buren out
NEW YORK -- The Red Sox made a roster move to bolster their pitching staff tonight, but it didn't involve Keith Foulke.
The Sox recalled Craig Hansen from Pawtucket and sent Jermaine Van Buren back to the PawSox. Hansen will be available to pitch tonight.
Posted by Art at 6:08 PM | Permalink
Foulke may be headed to disabled list
NEW YORK -- Keith Foulke, who hasn't pitched in five days because of back pain, may be placed on the disabled list by the Red Sox prior to tonight's game against the Yankees.
Manager Terry Francona said the veteran relief pitcher is still not 100 percent recovered and ''we have may have to make a roster move'' before the start of tonight's game. With Josh Beckett lasting only 1 1/3 innings last night and rookie David Pauley scheduled to pitch tonight -- and with a doubleheader against Texas looming later in the week -- the Sox may need more relief arms for the next several days.
Coco Crisp, cf
Mark Loretta, 2b
David Ortiz, dh
Manny Ramirez, lf
Trot Nixon, rf
Jason Varitek, c
Mike Lowell, 3b
Kevin Youkilis, 1b
Alex Cora, ss
David Pauley, p
Posted by Art at 5:17 PM | Permalink
Update: Sox make additional draft picks
The Boston Red Sox used their first pick in today's MLB Draft to take Jason Place, an 18-year-old, right-handed hitting center fielder from Wren High School in South Carolina. The Sox took Place with the 27th overall pick in the draft. The team also had the 28th pick, which it used to take right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard, 20, from the University of North Carolina.
In the second round, Boston used the 40th overall pick to take Kristofer Johnson, 21, a left-handed pitcher from Wichita State University. With the 44th overall pick, the Red Sox took right-handed pitcher Caleb Clay, another 18-year-old, from Cullman High School in Alabama.
According to MLB.com, Place has power, speed and arm strength, and could be moved to a corner outfield position in the pros. The MLB analysis describes Bard as an inconsistent pitcher who nonetheless has one of the best arms in the draft. His fastball reaches 97 miles an hour.
Johnson had Tommy John elbow surgery a year ago and has seen limited action since. MLB says he can throw three pitchers for strikes. Clay is described as relatively new to pitching, with a fastball clocking in the low 90s and room to grow.
With the 71st pick in the draft, the Red Sox chose Justin Masterson, a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher from San Diego State University. Masterson is 6 feet 6 inches tall and 235 pounds, with a sinking fastball clocked in the low 90s. He was dominant in the Cape Cod League and could transition to a relief role, MLB reports.
With the 83rd pick, Boston took Aaron Bates, a 22-year-old first baseman from North Carolina State. Bates is a Cape Cod League All-Star who could potentially transition to catcher.
The Red Sox used the 103rd pick to select Bryson Cox, 21, a right-handed pitcher from Rice University.
Posted by Mike McDermott at 3:23 PM | Permalink