News: Bradley, who was not in the starting lineup Sunday night, will be back in center field when the Red Sox play Monday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: If you're inclined to start Bradley, remember Monday is the traditional Patriots Day game in Boston which starts at 11:00 a.m.
News: Sizemore made his third consecutive start Sunday night. This marks the first time all season he's played three consecutive days.
Impact: This marks another threshold passed for Sizemore, whose usage so far this season has included regular off days. He passed a threshold Saturday when he played a day game following a night game.
News: Doubront did not get a decision Saturday.
Impact: Doubront retired 13 consecutive batters in one stretch. He lasted 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs and fanned seven and will face the Yanks next.
News: Ortiz had a solo homer and two hits for the World Series champion Red Sox on Saturday
Impact: Ortiz is 1 for 7 off Ubaldo Jimenez, who he faces Sunday. Maybe you should give 'Big Papi' the fantasy day off.
News: Holt is 3 for 7 this year for the world champs.
Impact: Holt will get more playing time and you may be able to take advantage. "He had been swinging the bat very well in Pawtucket," manager John Farrell said.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks plans to play Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with his sights set on returning to the lineup for Boston's weekend series in Toronto. The Red Sox have struggled to tread water at third base with the likes of Brock Holt, Ryan Roberts and Jonathan Herrera, so Middlebrooks' return would provide a major boost to the lineup.
News: Victorino (hamstring) made his first rehab appearance Saturday for Triple-A Pawtucket. He started in right field and went 0-for-3.
Impact: It was light duty for Victorino, played just six innings and didn't have a chance in the outfield. He's expected to play again Monday and Tuesday before possibly being activated from the disabled list.
News: Bradley made his 10th consecutive start in center field Saturday.
Impact: While Bradley's hitting just .220 after going 0-for-3 in Saturday's win over Baltimore, he hasn't looked overmatched at the plate and he's by far the best defensive outfielder on the roster right now. His defense is not a small factor on a team that has sprung some leaks in the field in April. It would appear Bradley will stick around after Shane Victorino (hamstring) is ready to be activated, putting Daniel Nava or Mike Carp in the hot seat.
News: Pedroia had two hits, a double, a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over Baltimore. Since returning from a one-game absence due to a wrist injury, the second baseman is 5-for-18 with five runs scored, two doubles, four walks and one RBI.
Impact: Prior to missing that one game, Pedroia had been in a slide. Apparently, last week's cortisone injection has been a cure for his hitting ails.
News: Sizemore was hitless in four at-bats in Saturday's win over Baltimore. His offense has hit a fallow period with just one hit in his previous 20 plate appearances.
Impact: Sizemore appears to have caught the same hitting bug afflicting several other members of the Red Sox. His average is down to .245 and on-base percentage to .293.
News: Ortiz had two hits, including his third homer of the season, in Saturday's win over the Orioles.
Impact: Ortiz had entered the game on a 1-for-17 skid and didn't have an extra-base hit in the previous six games.
News: Holt had a triple, an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over Baltimore. The triple knocked in the winning run, and he subsequently scored an insurance run on a safety squeeze.
Impact: Holt, who has three hits, two runs and an RBI since being called up Friday, has given the team a little spark. But he's not a long-term solution in the starting lineup. As for becoming Boston's utility man when third baseman Will Middlebrooks (calf) returns, a key factor will be whether or not manager John Farrell is comfortable with Holt being able to back up Xander Bogaerts at shortstop. That was part of the calculus used in spring training, when Jonathan Herrera won the job over Holt. It's not clear if that dynamic has changed since then.
News: Uehara struck out three of the four batters he faced and walked the other, picking up save No. 4 in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Uehara dealt with shoulder stiffness earlier in the week but has since logged a pair of scoreless innings, both in save situations. With an 11:1 K:BB and 0.00 ERA through seven innings, he looks as dominant as ever.
News: Doubront struck out seven and allowed two runs over 6.2 innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Orioles.
Impact: Saturday's performance was rather encouraging, as Doubront gave up five hits and only two walks, after posting an 8:7 K:BB through his first three starts. He'll draw an easier matchup in his next outing, which is scheduled for Thursday against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) is slated to start a rehab assignment Monday or Tuesday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks experienced a bump in the road late in the week due to a high fever, which will seemingly be behind him in a few more days. If all goes well and a setback is avoided during the assignment, he could be handling the hot corner for the Red Sox within the week.
Sat. Apr 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Lackey was pounded by the O's on Friday.
Impact: Lackey surrendered six earned runs over 5 1-3 innings. It was the second straight start in which Lackey gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the sixth inning and he gets the Yanks next - that could spell doom.
News: Mujica allowed a run on two hits in one inning in Friday night's loss to Baltimore.
Impact: The run allowed didn't alter the course of the game, but it continues a sketchy start to the season for Mujica. He's allowed runs in three of his six outings, and his ERA stands at 10.13. Small samples sizes abound, but the man who would be closer, if Koji Uehara can't be, is not offering a lot of confidence right now.
News: Carp had two hits, a walk and scored a run in Friday night's loss to Baltimore.
Impact: Carp continues to hit in a small role, but his roster spot is in jeopardy when Shane Victorino (hamstring) gets healthy enough to be activated from the disabled list. It would appear either Carp or Daniel Nava (hitting just .136) is the likely casualty. Victorino is expected to begin a rehab assignment Saturday and could be ready to roll by mid-to-late next week.
News: Holt started at third base and went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's loss to the Orioles. He was called up earlier in the day to replace Ryan Roberts, who was designated for assignment.
Impact: Holt was a sizzling stick at Triple-A Pawtucket, having hit .380 for the season with six extra-base hits in his previous six games. The Red Sox are hoping he can bring the offense he showed in Pawtucket to a major league team that has struggled at the dish.
News: Sizemore is batting leadoff and starting in right field Saturday against the Orioles.
Impact: Sizemore is starting a day game after a night game. The Red Sox have been cautious with how often they play him so far this season, but the start indicates they are gaining confidence in his ability to stay healthy.
News: Lackey was knocked around again Friday night, allowing six runs on 10 hits, walking four and striking out six while lasting just 5.1 innings of an 8-4 loss to Baltimore.
Impact: That's consecutive outings allowing six runs in less than six innings, driving his ERA to a rather ugly 5.25 and evening his record at 2-2 on the year. Last time out he gave up four long balls, and while he kept the ball in the park in this one, the Orioles threatened throughout. He'll try to get back on track at home against the Yankees in his next start.
Fri. Apr 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Lester pitched eight sharp innings and led the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
Impact: Lester (2-2, 2.17 ERA) allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitcher's duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale. Lester retired his first 16 batters before Tyler Flowers singled in the sixth.
News: The Red Sox designated Roberts for assignment Friday, Alex Speier of WEEI Boston reports.
Impact: Roberts started seven of the last nine games at third base for the Red Sox, but he picked up just two hits in 19 at-bats, so the team decided to move on. Brock Holt was called up to take Roberts' place on the roster.
News: The Red Sox recalled Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Alex Speier of WEEI Boston reports.
Impact: The Red Sox have not received much from the third base position this season, so they decided to give Holt, who went 19-for-50 (.380) with Pawtucket, a shot to see what he could do at the hot corner. Holt will jump right into the lineup Friday night and bat ninth against Orioles starter Chris Tillman.
News: Ortiz is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, according to Michael Silverman of The Boston Herald
Impact: Ortiz has gone just 2-for-19 in his career against Orioles starter Chris Tillman, so manager John Farrell felt it was a good time to give Ortiz a night off. Mike Napoli will serve as the DH in Ortiz's place.
David Ross - #3 - Catcher - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Ross went 1-for-2 with two walks, a double and an RBI in Thursday's win over the White Sox. He delivered Boston's go-ahead run in the ninth inning.
Impact: Ross has started five of Boston's 16 games so far and has hits in four of them.
News: Sizemore entered Thursday night's game as a pinch runner and scored a run in Boston's 3-1 win over the White Sox.
Impact: Sizemore was getting a customary day off. He has yet to be the starting lineup for more than two days in a row.
News: Napoli (finger) returned to the lineup Thursday and went 1-for-3 with a run scored in a 3-1 win over the White Sox.
Impact: Napoli missed just one game with dislocated finger and should be safe to put back into lineups.
News: Bogaerts hit his first home run of the season in Thursday's 3-1 win against the White Sox.
Impact: Bogaerts broke up Chris Sale's no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth inning. Despite the homer, Bogaerts still has a long way to go, with just two RBI in 15 games.
News: Lester pitched a gem against the White Sox on Thursday, allowing just one run over eight strong innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out nine for his second win of the season.
Impact: Lester retired the first 16 batters he faced, and outdueled fellow lefty Chris Sale, who struck out 10 in seven innings of one-run ball. Lester has been terrific in four starts, posting a 2.17 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 29 innings.
News: Uehara (shoulder) pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the White Sox on Thursday to pick up his third save of the season.
Impact: This was Uehara's first appearance since April 9, as he had been dealing with shoulder discomfort. It looks like it's safe to use him again.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Pedroia was an effective fantasy producer Wednesday.
Impact: Pedroia scored three times, walked twice and had two hits.
Thu. Apr 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Buchholz was solid Wednesday.
Impact: Buchholz allowed three runs in six innings and is scheduled to get the ball Monday morning against the O's on a day when an emotional Boston Marathon will take place.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) is dealing with the flu and had a 102-degree fever Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks isn't expected to begin a rehab assignment any earlier than next week, so the illness will likely be a non-factor. If anything, it could perhaps bump his rehab process back a day or two, but that shouldn't be assumed. Ill or not, the third baseman did not seem to be on track to return by April 20, the date he's first eligible to play.
News: Victorino (hamstring) could be back with the Red Sox by next Thursday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Victorino will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday, so he is close to being ready for big league action. Victorino is expected to remain with Pawtucket through Tuesday, but he could join the Red Sox a day or two after that, barring any setbacks.
News: Pierzynski will not be in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Pierzynski will get the night off after starting the last four games behind the plate. He's gone hitless in 11 at-bats over his last three games and could probably benefit from the maintenance day.
News: Sizemore is not in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: After starting the last three games in the field, Sizemore will take a seat in favor of Jackie Bradley. Sizemore has come down a bit from his hot start, but he's still enjoying a productive campaign with a .273 average, two home runs, five RBI and a stolen base.
News: Napoli (finger) is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Napoli sat out Wednesday's game after dislocating his finger Tuesday, but it appears he will attempt to play through any lingering pain. Napoli will play first base and bat cleanup Thursday night.
News: Uehara (shoulder) threw a 34-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and will be available to pitch Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Uehara had felt some discomfort while out on the road last week and flew back to Boston for evaluation. Tests were negative and he's thrown a couple of times this week, including Wednesday's session in the pen.
News: Victorino (hamstring) is expected to begin his rehab assignment Friday or Saturday, most likely at Triple-A Pawtucket, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Victorino had been set to play Tuesday in Portland, but weather has postponed the Sea Dogs for two straight days and they have an off day Thursday.
Burke Badenhop - #35 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 205lbs
News: Badenhop picked up a one-out save in Wednesday night's extra-inning win over the White Sox.
Impact: The right-handed Badenhop came on with two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning to face a right-handed batter to get the final out. Prior to that, temporary closer Edward Mujica had blown a save opportunity in the 11th.
Chris Capuano - #55 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 221lbs
News: Capuano threw 2.2 scoreless relief innings in Wednesday night's extra-inning win over the White Sox. He hasn't allowed a run in seven appearances while striking out eight and walking one in nine innings.
Impact: Capuano picked his first win as an American League pitcher and has pitched very well in relief for the Red Sox. His role Wednesday -- multiple innings -- is exactly why is on Boston's roster.
Andrew Miller - #30 - Pitcher - 6'7" - 210lbs
News: Miller worked two scoreless innings in Wednesday night's extra-inning win over the White Sox. He struck out three and walked none while pitching the ninth and 10th innings.
Impact: Miller's more than just a lefty specialist, as manager John Farrell is comfortable using him against righties as well. He'd thrown just four innings entering the game, so he had some length available Wednesday. Miller's struck out seven and walked four in six innings this year.
News: Bradley's two-out, two-run double in the 14th inning provided the winning runs in Wednesday night's 6-4 win over the White Sox.
Impact: The hit snapped a 1-for-20 skid and was a rare hit with runners in scoring position for a Red Sox team that is struggling offensively. The RBI give Bradley seven on the season.
News: Mujica blew a save in the 11th inning Wednesday night in a game the Red Sox eventually went on to win in 14 innings over the White Sox. A leadoff walk came around to score.
Impact: This was Mujica's second save opportunity since temporarily taking over for Koji Uehara (shoulder), but it may be his last for a bit. Uehara has thrown a few times this week, including a bullpen session Wednesday, and is expected to resume the closer's role as early as Thursday.
News: Pedroia went 2-for-6 with three runs scored and two walks Wednesday night against the White Sox.
Impact: Pedroia received a cortisone shot in his ailing wrist Tuesday, and this apparently did the trick, as he was able to fill the box score Wednesday night. A routine day of rest for the every so often won't be out of the question for the veteran, but fantasy owners can likely feel comfortable with him in their lineups moving forward.
News: Buchholz surrendered six hits, three runs (two earned) and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings Wednesday against the White Sox. He walked away without a decision.
Impact: Buchholz has settled down since his rough first outing against the Brewers, but has still given up at least one home run in each of his three starts this season. He'll take an 0-1 record and 5.51 ERA into his next scheduled start, where he faces a tough matchup against the Orioles.
News: Napoli (finger) hopes to play Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Napoli and the Red Sox had a pretty major scare Tuesday night, as the 32-year-old's finger was bent completely sideways after a head-first slide into second base. Manager John Farrell said, "At first glace I was worried he'd be out four weeks," but X-rays were negative and Napoli escaped with a dislocation. He admitted that his chances of playing Thursday hinge on how well he can grip a bat, but Napoli seems confident he'll return in relatively short order.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) could begin a rehab assignment next week, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks tested the calf with some light running in the outfield prior to Wednesday's game, and it seems everything went well. He's already swinging a bat and taking part in fielding drills, but any chance of him returning Monday (when first eligible) seems to be out the window.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Peavy made an emotional return Tuesday against his former team, the White Sox, in Chicago.
Impact: Peavy allowed one run and three hits in six innings on 113 pitches against his former team in his third straight no-decision. He struck out eight and walked four. He will face the O's next.
News: Napoli (finger) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: X-rays on Napoli's finger, which he dislocated on a head-first slide Tuesday, were negative for any fracture, but he'll miss at least one start as a result of the injury. Daniel Nava will get the start at first base Wednesday, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Napoli were to require additional time.
News: Pedroia (wrist) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Pedroia's wrist, which he admitted has been an issue since the team's series against Milwaukee (April 4-6), was treated with a cortisone shot Tuesday. He was able to come into Tuesday's game in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner, and it seems the pain has subsided at least enough to where he can return to the lineup. That said, he is just 2-for-17 (.118 average) in his career against John Danks, Wednesday's starter for the White Sox.
News: Nava homered in three at-bats in Tuesday night's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: The homer was Nava's second, but the outfielder continues to live below .200 for the season. With Shane Victorino (hamstring) waiting for better weather to begin a rehab assignment, Nava should get regular at-bats in the short term.
News: Bogaerts went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a throwing error that allowed the winning run to score in Tuesday night's loss to the White Sox.
Impact: Bogaerts is an exciting young prospect, but we have to remember he has ups and downs like every other player. He has just two extra-base hits, zero RBI and is 0-for-17 with runners on (0-for-12 RISP).
News: Pedroia (wrist) entered Tuesday night's game in the ninth inning as a pinch-runner.
Impact: It's encouraging the injured second baseman was able to provide something for the Red Sox, but Pedroia is unlikely to be in the starting lineup for another game or two.
Wed. Apr 16, 2014 | STATS
News: While Pedroia returned to Boston's starting lineup, Mike Napoli dropped out Wednesday.
Impact: Pedroia missed two starts at second base because of inflammation of the left wrist and has a cortisone shot. He was a pinch runner Tuesday, and doubled and scored in his first at-bat Wednesday.
Tue. Apr 15, 2014 | STATS
News: The first baseman didn't start Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox because of a dislocated ring finger on his left hand.
Impact: Napoli was injured during a headfirst slide on Tuesday. He wasn't sure when he would be able to return, saying he would see how he feels each day.
News: Peavy gave up one run on three hits and four walks, while striking out eight in six innings Tuesday against the White Sox.
Impact: It was a pitcher's duel, as Erik Johnson had almost an identical line for the White Sox, and neither starting pitcher got the win. Peavy's pitch count got to 114 (69 strikes) in six innings, so he labored a little, but was nonetheless stingy. His next start will be Sunday at home against the Orioles.
News: Napoli left Tuesday's game with a dislocated left ring finger after a head-first slide, but X-rays were negative, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Luckily it's not broken, which would have put him on the DL. Still, he'll likely be out a few days.
News: Victorino (hamstring) is ready to begin his rehab assignment, but is just waiting on playable weather conditions in Portland or Pawtucket, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: He was expected to start his rehab assignment Tuesday, but will hope for better weather in the coming days, so as to get back in the Red Sox lineup by the end of the weekend.
News: Uehara (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, he will return to Boston's bullpen Thursday, CSNNE reports.
Impact: Presumably Uehara will jump right back into the closer's role Thursday, meaning Edward Mujica's time as a source of saves is coming to an end.
News: Uehara (shoulder) is expected to complete a bullpen session, before making his return to the closer's role for the Red Sox, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: None of the tests performed on Uehara's shoulder revealed anything sinister, but rest will continue to rule the day until the stiffness subsides. Meanwhile, Edward Mujica will garner most of the reps in the ninth inning.
News: Pedroia (wrist) received a cortisone injection Tuesday, after which he displayed optimism by stating that he thinks he'll play Wednesday at the White Sox, Gordon Edes of ESPN Bostonreports.
Impact: Such shots typically ease inflammation, for a time, but the second baseman expects to return to action after three days of rest. Nevertheless, Jonathan Herrera will take on the keystone and bat ninth in Tuesday's series opener.
News: Pedroia (wrist) isn't in the Red Sox's lineup Tuesday versus the White Sox.
Impact: While he'll likely avoid the DL, Pedroia's sore left wrist will keep him out of commission for a second game in a row. In his place, Jonathan Herrera will again man second base and bat ninth in the order.
News: Uehara (shoulder) completed a throwing session without issue Monday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: With the modified bullpen behind him, Uehara will likely join the Red Sox in Chicago prior their series opener Tuesday against the White Sox. There's no indication one way or the other that he'll be at manager John Farrell's disposal right off the bat. If not, Edward Mujica will continue to handle save situations that land in Boston's bullpen.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Sizemore was 2 for 5 on Sunday against the Yankees.
Impact: Surprisingly, Sizemore has been Boston's most reliable bat early on, hitting .343 in 10 games.
News: An MRI on Uehara's stiff shoulder came back negative, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: Uehara completed a throwing session without incident Monday, and he appears to just be day-to-day. It's unclear whether he'll be available out of the bullpen Tuesday against the White Sox. If not, Edward Mujica figures to get the save opportunity, should one arise.
News: Victorino (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment later this week, the Boston Globe's Pete Abraham reports.
Impact: No specific date was mentioned, but it was previously reported that Victorino could start his rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday. While it's unclear whether Tuesday is still in play, fantasy owners at least have confirmation that the outfielder will start his assignment within the next few days. Victorino could make his season debut before the end of this upcoming weekend.
News: Pedroia (wrist) appears likely to avoid the DL, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: All tests to this point have revealed only inflammation for Pedroia, and he's expected to join his teammates in Chicago for their upcoming series against the White Sox. Pedroia's availability for Tuesday night's series opener is unclear, however.
News: Pedroia's sore left wrist is expected to be OK, but additional tests are scheduled Monday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. The wrist is inflamed but not broken, CSNNE.com reports.
Impact: Because the injury doesn't seem to be severe, Pedroia's owners can breath a sigh of relief, but it's unclear if he'll arrive in time for Tuesday evening's contest against the White Sox. Another absence would result in Jonathan Herrera covering second base.
News: Victorino (hamstring) will be evaluated in Boston on Monday to determine if he can begin a rehab assignment as early as Tuesday, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The Red Sox are dealing with mounting injuries early in April, so it would be good news to see Victorino get back on the field. If all goes well in Monday's exam, Victorino is expected to begin his rehab Tuesday with Double-A Portland.
News: Napoli had two hits, including his third homer of the season, in Sunday night's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: The homer was an absolute bomb, clearing the Yankees bullpen in left, at 439 feet. Napoli leads the Red Sox in hits, runs, homers and RBI through the first 13 games and is one of three members of the team to appear in every game.
News: Uehara (shoulder) will probably need at least one bullpen session before returning to game action, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that Uehara had some mental hurdles to overcome as part of the process. "He threw long toss out to 200 feet, and came back in at roughly 65-70 feet, and was aggressive on flat ground with both his fastball and his split," said Farrell. "He was really able to generate good arm speed. He's moving past some of the concerns, mentally, that he had. A bullpen session is certainly going to be needed and helpful to get past that further."
News: Doubront gave up three runs over 6.2 innings Sunday night while getting the loss against the Yankees. He allowed seven hits (including a homer by Carlos Beltran) and three walks, striking out just two.
Impact: This was the first time in three starts that Doubront got into the seventh inning, but as the K:BB numbers indicate, he wasn't all that strong. He gets his second matchup with the Orioles in his next start Saturday.
News: Victorino (hamstring) could begin a minor league rehab stint as soon as Tuesday, ESPN's Gordon Edes reports.
Impact: While it appears as though Victorino is progressing, his return isn't quite at the imminent stage in advance of Boston's three-game series against the White Sox, which starts in Chicago on Tuesday.
News: Uehara (shoulder) threw Sunday and felt "better than expected," the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The next step for Uehara will be to go back to Boston for further exams, after which he'll rejoin the team in Chicago. The Red Sox are off Monday before facing the White Sox on Tuesday.
News: Pedroia was scratched from the lineup Sunday with left wrist soreness and will travel to Boston to get it checked out Monday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The news for Pedroia didn't seem serious at first, but the fact that he's been dealing with an issue since the Milwaukee series last weekend and will also have to get it checked out in Boston doesn't make it sound as minor as it did initially.
News: Ortiz's amazing streak continued with one hit Saturday.
Impact: Ortiz has reached safely in 25 straight games against the Yankees, the longest active streak vs. New York.
News: Pierzynski had two hits with his first BoSox homer Saturday.
Impact: Pierzynski is hitting .344 although he has yet to buy into the Boston hitting philosophy with no walks. That won't fly playing for a top-notch organization like the Red Sox unlike previous employers of the catcher.
News: Lackey missed a chance to get off to a 3-0 start for the first time in his career Saturday.
Impact: Lackey was tagged for a career-high four home runs in 5 2-3 innings. He gave up 10 hits. He walked none, fanned six.
News: Herrera will start in place of Dustin Pedroia on Sunday, Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports.
Impact: Herrera will bat ninth Sunday, which would give him a chance to score a couple of runs if he can get on base. He could also see more time at second base if the injury to Pedroia is serious.
News: Pedroia was scratched from the Boston lineup Sunday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The reason he was scratched is not given, but it's likely health-related as he was originally penciled into the starting lineup. In his absence, Jonathan Herrera will take his place at second base, batting ninth.
News: Uehara (shoulder) is expected to throw Sunday before the team plots a course forward for the reliever, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team is using the weekend to "gather information" and make a decision about what to do with the 39-year-old closer. A stint on the disabled list is likely in the picture.
News: Nava went 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Nava's batting average has yet to creep over the .200 mark and he's struck out 10 times compared to two walks. There's definitely a struggle going on and you may want to hold him out until he gets back on track.
News: Pedroia went 1-for-5 with a double as the leadoff hitter in Saturday's loss to the Yankees. The hit was a gift thanks to a bad route taken by New York outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
Impact: After starting the season on a six-game hitting streak, Pedroia has struggled, going 3-for-27 in the last six. With just three extra-base hits (.291 slugging) and one RBI to start the season, he hasn't provided much oomph so far.
News: Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Pierzynski has been swinging a hot bat lately, having recorded multi-hit games in three of his last four starts.
News: Mujica will move into the closer's role temporarily, with Koji Uehara dealing with a shoulder issue, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Uehara is unavailable again Saturday, and manager John Farrell said prior to the game, "We haven't gotten to the point of any roster move with him. We're still gathering information." The team will attempt to gauge Uehara's status with some light throwing Sunday, but Mujica will slide into the closer's role for the time being, a position he filled more than adequately last season with St. Louis. He converted 37 of 41 save opportunities, with a 2.78 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
News: Sizemore was 2 for 4 Friday against the Yankees with his second homer.
Impact: So far, Sizemore has been a valuable bat for Boston with an OPS of .994 through nine games.
News: Lester recorded his first win Friday, limiting the Yankees to two runs and six hits over 6 2-3 innings.
Impact: Lester is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA through three outings this season.
News: Uehara is still out because of stiffness in his right shoulder and it's uncertain when he will be able to pitch again.
Impact: Red Sox manager John Farrell said Uehara was unavailable for Saturday's game at Yankee Stadium. Uehara felt discomfort during warmups Friday night before a 4-2 win over New York. Uehara has said he doesn't think the problem is a serious one. Farrell said there's a chance Uehara would return to Boston for an exam. Farrell said it's too early to predict whether the right-hander would need to go on the disabled list.
News: Lackey gave up four home runs in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: All in all, Lackey allowed six runs on 10 hits and zero walks, while striking out six over 5.2 innings. The right-hander was shaking his head in frustration quite a bit Saturday, as he watched Brian McCann homer twice, while Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano both left the yard as well. It was a performance to forget, but Lackey gave up just two runs in his first two starts (13 innings).
News: Uehara (shoulder) won't pitch in Saturday's game, and the Red Sox are planning to evaluate him again Sunday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: The Red Sox are going to be understandably cautious with their veteran closer, but he's only considered day-to-day for now. Edward Mujica will slot in as the team's interim closer, while Uehara is unavailable.
News: Nava, who was given a night off Friday, is back in the starting lineup Saturday, playing right field and batting second in the order, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Impact: This will be the fifth different spot in the batting order for Nava, who hasn't hit well to open the season. The man who had a .385 on-base percentage last season was supposed to be Boston's primary leadoff hitter in 2014, but he's batting just .139 with a .205 OBP in nine games. He's shown some life of late, including a homer in his last game, but not enough to get back to the top of the order.
News: Carp will start in left field Saturday against the Yankees, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Impact: Grady Sizemore is getting a routine day off Saturday, and with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on the bump, the left-handed hitting Carp gets the nod in left over Jonny Gomes.
News: Sizemore isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Sizemore is playing well, but the Red Sox have been playing it safe with him by managing his workload carefully. This appears to be a routine day off, rather than an ailment sidelining him.
News: Pedroia is hitting leadoff Saturday against the Yankees, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com.
Impact: Pedroia becomes the fourth different leadoff hitter in 12 games for the Red Sox, a team that's struggled on offense in general but particularly from atop the order. Boston's second baseman is one of two players on the roster that has yet to draw a walk this season (A.J. Pierzynski's the other).
Junichi Tazawa - #36 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Tazawa pitched 1.1 scoreless relief innings Friday night in Boston's win over the Yankees. He picked up his second hold of the season.
Impact: In six appearances spanning 5.2 innings, Tazawa has yet to allow a run while striking out eight and walking one. Of interest, Red Sox manager John Farrell was without Koji Uehara (shoulder) on Friday and used Edward Mujica to close out the game in a save situation.
Jonny Gomes - #5 - Left Field - 6'1" - 230lbs
News: Gomes hit leadoff and went 2-for-5 with a homer in Boston's win over the Yankees on Friday. The two hits raised his average above .200 for the first time this season.
Impact: Gomes is slow out of the gate in 2014, having struck out 13 times in 28 at-bats. He's hit leadoff three times and may get a few more chances there until Daniel Nava finds his bat.
News: Sizemore slugged a three-run homer that helped propel Boston to a comeback win over the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: The Red Sox are attempting to ease the oft-injured outfielder into their lineup, but Sizemore, who had two hits, is batting a robust .333 with a pair of home runs. If he remains healthy and keeps up his current pace, it will be hard to keep him out of the lineup most days.
News: Uehara felt stiffness in his shoulder during pregame long-toss Friday, reports Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Impact: Uehara (shoulder) was not brought into a save situation Friday night, as Edward Mujica closed out the win instead. Manager John Farrell claimed the decision was "precautionary," and there are no immediate plans to send Uehara back to Boston for further tests.
News: Mujica tossed a scoreless inning to record his first save in a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night. He struck out one.
Impact: Regular closer Koji Uehara experienced some shoulder soreness earlier in the day, so the Red Sox decided to play it safe and hold him out. There has been no word yet on Uehara's availability going forward, but Mujica is the likely benefactor should he be forced to miss time.
News: Lester allowed two runs on six hits, walking two and striking out six over 6.2 innings of a 4-2 win against the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: Lester (1-2) logged his first win of the season despite compiling a solid 2.57 ERA over three starts. He'll take on the White Sox in Chicago next time out.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Buchholz suffered Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Yanks.
Impact: Buchholz pitched six innings and gave up four runs - two earned. He fanned six and faces the White Sox next.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Nava homered in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Yanks.
Impact: Maybe this will get him going since he owns a sickly .455 OPS.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) took 40 swings and fielded grounders Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: While Middlebrooks is able to take part in certain baseball activities, he has still not been cleared to run. It remains to be seen if he will be ready to go when he is eligible to be activated from the disabled list April 20.
News: Sizemore went 0-for-4 while hitting leadoff and playing left field in Thursday night's loss to the Yankees.
Impact: Jackie Bradley, a superior outfield defender who has played very well in center field, started in center instead of Sizemore. The thought was that Bradely can cover more ground in the spacious center field at Yankee Stadium. As for the leadoff spot, that had more to do with dropping Daniel Nava in an effort to jumpstart him.
News: Nava was dropped from leadoff to fifth in the batting order in Thursday night's loss to the Yankees. He went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the season.
Impact: Nava's struggled out of the gate, and manager John Farrell told the Providence Journal that dropping him in the order was an effort to jumpstart Nava. Farrell added that Nava will eventually get back to the top spot.
News: Buchholz regained some of velocity in his second start, hitting 94 mph on his fastball, the Providence Journal reports. "My arm strength and everything, it got a lot better within a five-day span," he said. "Usually it doesn't happen that quick. I felt a lot more comfortable with each pitch out there tonight."
Impact: Buchholz relied heavily on the cutter, had a sharp curveball and used the changeup frequently, getting strikes with all of them. He's not out of the woods yet, but be cautiously optimistic.
News: Carp (back) received a pinch-hit at-bat in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Carp had not batted since being scratched with a sore back last Friday, but the pinch-hit opportunity he received Wednesday indicates he is feeling better. Carp is not starting Thursday against the Yankees, but he should be available moving forward.
News: Sizemore is back in the lineup Thursday against the Yankees, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Sizemore will lead off for the Red Sox, and start in left field as opposed to center, as Jackie Bradley will use his fresh legs and speed to hopefully cover more ground and take some of the load off Sizemore. Sizemore will likely continue along the pattern he's established of playing in a game or two, followed by taking a regular day of rest.
News: Breslow (shoulder) made his season debut Thursday, pitching a scoreless seventh inning against the Yankees.
Impact: As long as Breslow can stay healthy, he should be an important part of Boston's bullpen. He won't make a huge fantasy impact, however, unless your league counts holds.
News: Buchholz took the loss against the Yankees on Thursday, but pitched well, allowing four runs -- two earned -- and seven hits in six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Impact: Buchholz's velocity appeared to be more in his normal range, which is great news considering it was way down in his first start. It's probably best to keep an eye on Buchholz and his velocity over his next couple of starts, but it probably won't be much of an issue.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Peavy did not get a decision Wednesday for the BoSox.
Impact: Peavy gave up a run in 6 2-3 innings. His next start is against his former team, the White Sox, in Chicago. It could be emotional so you may want to give the guy a rest.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Ortiz hit a three-run homer high over Fenway Park's right-field foul pole on Wednesday, helping the Boston Red Sox rally for a 4-2 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Impact: Ortiz next faces the Yanks. He had a 1.096 OPS against them last season with a .371 average and 15 runs scored.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) expects to start hitting balls off a tee Friday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks was sent to the DL with a calf strain, and although it's not quite fully healed, his condition seems to be improving. After Friday, the next step for Boston's third baseman will be to begin taking batting practice.
News: Bradley walked three times and scored two runs in Wednesday's win over Texas.
Impact: He didn't have an official at-bat in the game, but made an impact on the bases. Bradley leads Boston with a .400 batting average and .478 on-base percentage, and is tied for the team lead with five runs. We're starting to hear the first words of speculation about Bradley remaining with the Sox when Shane Victorino (hamstring) is ready. It would be an outfield alignment of Bradley in left, Grady Sizemore in center and Victorino in right.
News: Ortiz had two hits, including a game-deciding three-run homer in the eighth inning of Wednesday's win over Texas.
Impact: It was the first clutch moment of 2014 for Ortiz, who has three extra-base hits and five RBI in the last two games. There continue to be reports that he doesn't look right when running due to lingering calf soreness, but other than a day off to rest it, the injury hasn't been an issue.
David Ross - #3 - Catcher - 6'2" - 230lbs
News: Ross started Wednesday's afternoon game and went 0-for-3 in a win over Texas.
Impact: With a day game following a night game, manager John Farrell did what he normally does and used both of his catchers. Ross has started three times in the first nine games. He's on pace to play 50-to-55 games, which has been his average the last six seasons.
News: Uehara notched his second save of the season, throwing a scoreless inning with one strikeout in Wednesday's win over Texas.
Impact: He hasn't seen many opportunities to close games in the early part of the season, but Uehara has pitched flawlessly when he's been called on for a save.
News: Peavy allowed one run on three hits and four walks while striking out eight in 6.2 innings in Wednesday's win over Texas.
Impact: It was the second quality start for Peavy, who's allowed three runs on nine hits and six walks in 12.2 innings to open the season. Peavy kept the Rangers off balance with an array of offspeed stuff, using his slider and curve effectively and incorporating a mid-80s slider to complement his cutter. He generated swings-and-misses on five different pitches.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Sizemore went 3 for 4 with a run scored in Tuesday's 10-7 loss to Texas.
Impact: Sizemore is now batting .364 on the young season. He should continue to post respectable numbers as long as he stays healthy.
Wed. Apr 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Napoli went 3 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's 10-7 loss to Texas.
Impact: Napoli has now collected three hits in back-to-back games. He's hitting .364 on the young season.
News: Victorino (hamstring) believes that he'll be ready for activation from the disabled list after 2-to-3 rehab games, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Victorino recently dealt with the flu, stating that it "... set me back a few days...," according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald. However, he hopes that he'll be back with the Red Sox when first eligible next Monday, after an upcoming rehab assignment.
News: Breslow (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day DL on Wednesday.
Impact: As expected, Breslow is active for the first time this season, after enduring complications with his historically balky left shoulder. However, it remains to be seen when he'll be counted on in hold situations.
News: Pierzynski is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Impact: Pierzynski picked up three hits in each of his last two games, but he will get a day off with the Red Sox playing a day game following a night game, and facing left-hander Robbie Ross. David Ross will get the start behind the plate Wednesday afternoon.
News: Sizemore is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
Impact: Sizemore racked up five hits over his last two games, but with him still working his way into an everyday role, he will get a day off with the Red Sox playing a day game following a night game. Jackie Bradley will man center field Wednesday in Sizemore's place.
News: Pedroia had a hit, a double and a run scored in five at-bats in Tuesday night's loss to Texas. Boston's second baseman has hits in seven of the first eight games.
Impact: Pedroia's second on the team with 11 hits, but has just one RBI to show for it thus far.
News: Bradley had two hits, a double, two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday night's loss to the Rangers. He has multiple hits in two straight games with four RBI.
Impact: Bradley has been the best player in terms of hitting with runners on base -- a glaring team-wide deficiency to start the season -- so it's not set in stone he'll return to Triple-A when Shane Victorino (hamstring) is ready to return. Bradley could become a regular starter in left field if he maintains the production offensively. The Red Sox haven't publicly discussed that possibility yet, but Bradley's bat is forcing the conversation.
News: Sizemore had three hits, a double and a run scored in Tuesday night's loss to the Rangers. He's hitting .364 with a .440 on-base percentage through six games.
Impact: The offense has been encouraging, but we're beginning to see some cracks defensively. He initially broke the wrong way on a fly and didn't recover in time on a ball that would have been the third out and prevented a big inning for Texas.
News: Workman will pitch as a starter at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Impact: The Red Sox still view Workman very much as a starter, although he's made a mark for himself in the majors as a reliever.
Burke Badenhop - #35 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 205lbs
News: Badenhop was lit up for four runs on five hits and a walk in 2.1 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Badenhop's allowed five runs and nine hits in 5.0 innings spanning three appearances to start the season. If baseball were a meritocracy, it would be Badenhop losing his roster spot to make way for a returning Craig Breslow. Instead, the very useful Brandon Workman will be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket.
News: Roberts batted eighth in the order and went 0-for-2 with two walks in first start at third base for Boston in Tuesday night's loss to the Rangers.
Impact: Injuries are testing Boston's depth early and third base is a position where they a bit thin. Roberts, who was signed Monday, will get at-bats along with Jonathan Herrera while Will Middlebrooks (calf) is sidelined. Middlebrooks is expected to initiate baseball activities by the end of the week, so it would appear the Herrera/Roberts duo has another week or so of fantasy viability remaining.
News: Middlebrooks (calf) is scheduled to initiate baseball activities later this week, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The Grade 1 strain he suffered last week isn't expected to sideline him much beyond the 15-day minimum (if at all), but he'll likely need a short minor league rehab assignment before returning.
News: Victorino (hamstring) is scheduled to initiate baseball activities later this week, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: In addition to his injury, Victorino has been slowed by the flu recently. He resumed cardio work during his workout Monday.
News: Breslow (shoulder) will likely return from the disabled list Wednesday, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: His value to the Red Sox exceeds his rotisserie utility, but Breslow could provide help for owners in leagues that count holds.
News: Doubront got chased in rapid fashion Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks in just 2.2 innings against the Rangers.
Impact: It's hard to be too surprised whenever Doubront gets shelled, especially against an offense of the Rangers' caliber. He offers some streaming value in deeper leagues because of his access to wins, because of his team, and his solid strikeout rate for a fifth starter (almost 20 percent in 2013). But he also posted a 1.43 WHIP in 2013, which demonstrates his ability to get into trouble early and often.
Tue. Apr 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Lackey allowed one unearned run and five hits over seven innings to beat Texas 5-1 on Monday.
Impact: Lackey is now 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA on the young season. He'll try to continue his hot start this weekend at Yankee Stadium.
News: Workman did an admirable job in four innings of long-relief Tuesday, giving up one run on two hits with three strikeouts against the Rangers. However, he will be optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket before Wednesday's game to make room for the activation of Craig Breslow (shoulder) from the disabled list.
Impact: Workman is a valuable arm for the Red Sox out of the pen, but he's one of the few guys who isn't out of options for the Red Sox, so he's an obvious candidate for demotion. There will likely come a point this season when he is useful again in deeper leagues, but there will be better options for the time being.
Jonny Gomes - #5 - Left Field - 6'1" - 230lbs
News: Gomes is at the top of the order and manning left field Tuesday against the Rangers.
Impact: As he did last Thursday, Gomes is batting leadoff against a left-handed starter, Martin Perez. Gomes is replacing the disappointing Daniel Nava, who has begun the season on a 4-for-29 stretch.
News: Roberts is starting at third base and batting eighth Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Impact: After inking a deal with the Red Sox on Monday, Roberts will handle the void left by Will Middlebrooks, who landed on the disabled list Sunday due to a strained calf. The vacancy was initially filled by Jonathan Herrera both Sunday and Monday versus right-handed starters, so it remains to be seen if Roberts will get the nod solely against southpaws during Middlebrooks' stay on the sideline. Note that Roberts has in hand a career .266/.341/.444 slash line against lefties (versus .233/.310/.362 against right-handers).
News: Nava isn't in the Red Sox's lineup Tuesday versus the Rangers.
Impact: With Texas sending out lefty Martin Perez, Nava will yield left field to Jonny Gomes, who will bat leadoff. Meanwhile, Nava has tallied a mere four hits in 29 at-bats, though he legged out his first extra-base hit of the season (a double) Sunday.
News: Nava went 1-for-3 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and an RBI in Monday night's win over Texas. The walk was his first of the season.
Impact: Nava's off to a slow start atop Boston's batting order, but has hit the ball hard the last two games.
News: Pierzynski had three hits and scored two runs in Monday night's win over Texas.
Impact: It's been a slow start for Pierzynski, who had two hits in his first 16 at-bats entering Monday night's game.
News: Herrera went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored in Monday's win over Texas. It was his third straight start at third base in place of the injured Will Middlebrooks (calf).
Impact: Boston signed Ryan Roberts on Monday, meaning Herrera will have competition for at-bats while Middlebrooks is on the disabled list the next two weeks.
News: Bradley had three hits, two RBI and made a couple of flashy fielding plays in right field during Monday night's win over Texas.
Impact: Bradley (6-for-16, three RBI) is taking advantage of Shane Victorino's injury and is giving management something to consider before a decision is made when Victorino's ready to return. It's likely the team wants him getting regular at-bats and that may not happen in Boston, but at least he doesn't appear to be damaged from having lost the center field job to Grady Sizemore.
News: Manager John Farrell is not concerned with Buchholz's reduced velocity, CSN New England reports. "It was [expected]," Farrell said of Buchholz's velocity, which topped out in the low 90s a handful of times in a 7-6 loss to the Brewers. "Just going back to Saturday night, that was location-related if you ask me."
Impact: Buchholz allowed six runs on 13 hits in 4.1 innings Saturday night and Farrell thought location was a bigger cause of the poor results. The manager added that Buchholz will make his next scheduled start and will throw his normal bullpen Tuesday.
News: Herrera will start at third base and bat eighth in the order Monday against the Rangers.
Impact: Herrera will start at the hot corner for his third consecutive game, despite the Red Sox signing and activating Ryan Roberts for Monday night's game. While awaiting the return of Will Middlebrooks (calf), look for the two of them to split time at third once Roberts gets acquainted.
News: Uehara is still stuck at just one save for the season, after pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 5-1 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Uehara entered for the top of the ninth with a four-run lead, and while he made things a bit interesting, said lead meant that he couldn't grab a save. Fantasy owners still get a strikeout and a scoreless inning, but Uehara allowed a pair of hits along the way.
News: Lackey held the Rangers to one unearned run over seven innings to pick up his second win of the season Monday night.
Impact: Lackey struck out five and gave up five hits and two walks, beating a strong offensive team for the second time in two tries this season. So far, he looks like the pitcher we saw in 2013, rather than the guy who took a beating in 2010 and 2011. The veteran right-hander draws a better matchup next time out, as he's scheduled to face the Yankees in the Bronx on Saturday.
News: Victorino (hamstring, illness) resumed cardio work Monday, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.
Impact: A case of the flu slowed Victorino's rehabilitation efforts last week, but now that it's behind him, he'll start the initial stages of baseball activities. Once he start picking up his level of involvement, Victorino could head out on a rehab assignment.
Mon. Apr 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Lester fell to 0-2 after allowing four runs - only two earned - and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings of Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: With a total of one run of support to back up his 2.51 ERA through two starts, Lester has had some tough luck thus far.
News: Breslow (shoulder) started and threw one inning in a rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
Impact: The Red Sox planned for Breslow to be reevaluated for activation from the disabled list after this appearance, so news on his status should be forthcoming Tuesday.
News: Sizemore is back in the lineup Monday against the Rangers.
Impact: Sizemore received a day of rest Sunday, but he'll return to center field and bat fifth in the order for Monday's matchup. Expect Sizemore to continue to get regular days of rest moving forward.
Steven Wright - #65 - Pitcher - 6'1" - 218lbs
News: Wright (hernia) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Monday.
Impact: The move is simply a formality, as the Red Sox needed to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Ryan Roberts. Wright is expected to return in mid-May, and will likely begin pitching in Triple-A Pawtucket when that day arrives.
News: Holt was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday.
Impact: Holt's stint in the big leagues turned out to be brief, as he was merely a fill-in for one day after Will Middlebrooks (calf) was placed on the DL. The Red Sox signed infielder Ryan Roberts on Monday morning, making Holt's services unnecessary for the time being.
News: Roberts signed a major league deal with the Red Sox on Monday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.
Impact: Roberts was granted his release by the Cubs just over a week ago, and it didn't take him long to catch on with another squad. The defending world champions didn't take their time finding a replacement for Will Middlebrooks, who was placed on the DL prior to Sunday's game with a calf strain. Roberts will compete with Jonathan Herrera and Brock Holt for reps at third base.
News: Breslow (shoulder) will make a third rehab appearance for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday and then be reevaluated, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: Breslow reported no problems following back-to-back outings Thursday and Friday, indicating that he's on track to return to the Red Sox soon.
News: Herrera started in place of the injured Will Middlebrooks (calf) for a second straight game and went 1-for-4 in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Middlebrooks was placed on the disabled list prior to Sunday's game, so Herrera will get more starts and at-bats over the next two weeks. He and Brock Holt will man third base until Middlebrooks returns.
News: Ortiz (calf) started Sunday's game and went 1-for-4 in a loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Ortiz didn't start Saturday's game to rest a calf injury he sustained late in spring training.
News: Lester allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out six in 7.1 innings in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Lester pitched well enough to win, retiring 16 consecutive batters at one point, but got little run support and some shoddy defense along the way. In his two starts, the Red Sox have scored one run and are 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
News: Buchholz struggled in his season debut Saturday against Milwaukee but avoided his second loss in two campaigns.
Impact: The Boston right-hander was tagged for six runs and a career-high 13 hits in 4 1-3 innings. A Red Sox rally rescued Buchholz, who was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in an injury-plagued 2013 season, from matching his loss total from all of last year.
News: Napoli hit a three-run homer and went 2 for 5 in Boston's 7-6 loss in 11 innings to visiting Milwaukee on Saturday.
Impact: Napoli is 5 for 19 (.263) with two homers and seven RBIs in his first five games.
News: The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain and called up Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Impact: Holt played 26 games for Boston last season with 17 starts, all at third base. He batted .203 with 11 RBIs.
News: The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list with a right calf strain. The move is retroactive to April 5.
Impact: Middlebrooks hit .231 with one homer in Boston's first four games before being scratched from the lineup for Saturday night's 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Milwaukee Brewers.
News: Holt was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Holt was recalled to help take out at third base, as the regular starter, Will Middlebrooks, was placed on the DL on Sunday with a Grade 1 calf strain. While Middlebrooks is on the shelf, Holt will likely split time at third with Jonathan Herrera.
News: Middlebrooks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 calf strain Sunday, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Middlebrooks received an MRI on Sunday after being scratched from Saturday's lineup, which confirmed the Grade 1 strain in his calf. Brock Holt was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his spot on the roster, and he's expected to split third base duties with Jonathan Herrera while Middlebrooks is out.
News: Mujica's fastball velocity in his first two appearances with Boston has been lower than career norms, WEEI.com reports. In the early days of last season, Mujica's fastball lived around 92-93 mph. This season, all of his fastballs have been between 89-91.
Impact: It's still early and we're making no sweeping generalizations based on this small sample, but it's something to monitor as the season carries on into May. Mujica is considered the backup closer and his Friday night meltdown against the Brewers (four runs, four hits, two-thirds of an inning) may be an anomaly, but the reduced velocity coming off a pedestrian spring training bears watching.
News: Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Sunday, according to WEEI.com.
Impact: David Ross enters the lineup for the second time in six games. Pierzynski is 2-for-15 with one RBI and four strikeouts in four games thus far with his new team.
News: Herrera is getting a second consecutive start at third base in place of the injured Will Middlebrooks (calf) Sunday, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: This was expected because Middlebrooks is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday. Herrera went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
News: Bradley is the starting center fielder for Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Grady Sizemore is getting the day off Sunday. Bradley will be making his third start of the season.
News: Sizemore is not in Sunday's starting lineup, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: Jackie Bradley will start in center field. This will be Sizemore's second off day in six games. He has yet to play more than two consecutive days, which is roughly the plan for him early on in the season.
News: Ortiz (calf) is in the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Brewers, WEEI.com reports.
Impact: As manager John Farrell suggested, Saturday's day off was more planned than a problem with Ortiz's calf. The Red Sox will take it easy on him until they are sure the calf is no longer an issue of any level of concern.
Junichi Tazawa - #36 - Pitcher - 5'11" - 200lbs
News: Tazawa allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Tazawa worked around the baserunners by striking out the side in his fourth appearance (all scoreless) of the season.
News: Uehara struck out the side Saturday night in a non-save appearance in a loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Uehara needed just 13 pitches (10 strikes) so there should be no question as to his availability Sunday.
News: Workman pitched 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out three in Saturday night's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Workman has two scoreless appearances to start the season, though he may be headed down to Triple-A Pawtucket with Craig Breslow (shoulder) eligible to come off the disabled list. A decision on Breslow is expected Monday.
Chris Capuano - #55 - Pitcher - 6'3" - 221lbs
News: Capuano pitched two scoreless innings while striking out four in Saturday's extra-inning loss to Milwaukee.
Impact: Capuano has two scoreless appearances so far in his debut season with the Red Sox. He came on early in relief of a battered Clay Buchholz (4.1 innings). He's stretched out enough to give Boston multiple innings and fill in as a starter if need be.
News: Bradley went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
Impact: Bradley may get a start Sunday as Grady Sizemore was supposed to get a day off. It will depend on the health of David Ortiz (calf) and Mike Carp (back), both of whom did not start Saturday's game but made late-inning appearances in the extra-inning loss.
News: Herrera made his season debut Saturday, filling in at third base for the unavailable Will Middlebrooks (calf) in a loss to the Brewers. He went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
Impact: Herrera, who is serving as Boston's utility infielder, may get at least one more start with Middlebrooks scheduled for an MRI on Sunday.
News: Bogaerts moved up to fifth in the batting order Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and two runs scored in an extra-inning loss to the Brewers.
Impact: The Red Sox scratched David Ortiz (calf), Mike Carp (back) and Will Middlebrooks (calf), necessitating a re-shuffling of the bating order. However, if Bogaerts continues to hit (7-for-17, four walks), he'll move up in the lineup regardless of teammate's health.
News: Nava was dropped to third in the batting order, taking the place of David Ortiz, who was given a planned day off due to lingering calf soreness.
Impact: Nava continued his slow start Saturday, going 0-for-5 in an extra-inning loss to the Brewers. He's 2-for-22 without a walk in five games.
News: Sizemore was moved to the top of the order for Saturday's game due to order reshuffling caused by a day off for David Ortiz, the Providence Journal reports. Daniel Nava, who had been hitting leadoff, was dropped to Ortiz's spot in the order while Sizemore moved up to leadoff.
Impact: The Red Sox will use Sizemore at leadoff, but aren't ready to commit to that assignment full time at this stage of the season. Sizemore had been expected to get a day off Sunday, but that will be dependent on the availability of Mike Carp, who was scratched Saturday because of back tightness.
News: Ortiz (calf) entered Saturday's game as a pinch hitter and grounded out in his only at-bat.
Impact: Ortiz has been dealing with lingering stiffness in his calf, but manager John Farrell insisted the day off was a planned event. We suspect Big Papi will be back in the lineup Sunday.
News: Carp, who was scratched from Saturday's lineup because of tightness in his lower back, entered the game and played the final two innings.
Impact: The game went into extra innings and some lineup shuffling was necessary. It remains to be seen if Carp's injury will cause him to miss any more time.
News: The Brewers pounded Buchholz for 13 hits and six runs over 4.1 innings Saturday night. Buchholz struggled with his command and his velocity, the Providence Journal reports. "I was basically missing in the middle of the plate or missing up, and that's where their hits came off," Buchholz said. "I don't think I threw one good pitch that they hit."
Impact: Buchholz's fastball sat around 89-90 mph Saturday night, compared to the 92-95 mph range he had early last season when he got off to a blazing start. This is the same velocity he had in October when he was getting hit around, too.
News: Though Carp (lower back) was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday night, he entered the game in the 10th inning.
Impact: On a night where the Red Sox had other injuries, Carp's injury at least allowed him to play. It did cost him another start against a right-handed starter, something he's getting a lot of with Shane Victorino out.
Sat. Apr 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Peavy did not get a decision Friday for the BoSox.
Impact: Peavy allowed two runs in six innings.
News: Pedroia was 1 for 5 on Thursday against Baltimore, "lowering" his average to .467.
Impact: Pedroia's lone hit was a double, his first extra-base hit this season.
News: Bogaerts was 3 for 4 and scored twice in Thursday's win over Baltimore.
Impact: Bogaerts is 5 for 9 with three walks through three games.
News: Ortiz was 3 for 5 and drove in a run Thursday against Baltimore.
Impact: Ortiz has reached base seven times in 15 plate appearances thus far.
News: Doubront earned the victory in Thursday's win over Baltimore, yielding three runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings.
Impact: Doubront walked only one batter, a good sign after he averaged 3.94 per nine innings in 2013.
News: Pedroia had four hits as the Boston Red Sox spoiled the Baltimore debut of Ubaldo Jimenez by beating the Orioles 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Pedroia has six singles in his first 10 at-bats of the season.
News: Napoli homered and drove in four runs as the Boston Red Sox spoiled the Baltimore debut of Ubaldo Jimenez by beating the Orioles 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Napoli also hit a two-run single to left with the bases loaded. He had a major league-leading 31 RBIs last year in those situations.
News: Lackey allowed three hits in six innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-2 on Wednesday night.
Impact: Lackey (1-0) gave up two runs, walked one and struck out six. The right-hander is 14-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 24 career starts against Baltimore.
Tue. Apr 1, 2014 | STATS
News: Sizemore went 2 for 4 with a homer in Monday's 2-1 season-opening loss at Baltimore.
Impact: It was a memorable day for Sizemore, who was playing in his first major league game since 2011. If he can stay healthy, this former All-Star could put up big numbers in Boston.