Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM
This week's minor league notes:
|Jackie Bradley Jr. (Kelly O'Connor)|
- After suffering a setback during his rehabilitation, Daisuke Matsuzaka will make a start Saturday for Pawtucket, reports the Boston Herald's Scott Lauber. Lauber also indicates that Matsuzaka's 30-day rehab clock has been reset due to the setback, granting the Red Sox more time to allow Matsuzaka to progress.
- Boston also has another important decision to make regarding a PawSox hurler this upcoming week. According to WEEI's Alex Speier, right-hander Ross Ohlendorf has an opt-out in his contract is he is not added to the major league roster by June 1.
- After being acquired on May 11 from the Philadelphia Phillies, Scott Podsednik was called up to Boston on Tuesday as Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney both hit the disabled list. Podsednik made an immediate impact, going 2 for 3 with a key home run in Boston's 6-5 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday.
- Che-Hsuan Lin was recalled from Pawtucket on Sunday to help bring reinforcements to Boston's beleaguered outfield. Mauro Gomez was optioned to Pawtucket after appearing in just two games with the Red Sox. Lin also paid immediate dividends in the 6-5 victory over Baltimore, making a key diving catch on what seemed to be a sure bloop single that would have tied the game.
- Greenville has dropped their last four games in a row, but not for lack of trying. They scored at least 5 runs in three of those games, and the team has had standout performances at the plate from Drew Turocy (5 for 15 in the last 4 games) and Jose Garcia (4 for 13 in the last 4 games). Their struggles have come with men on base. In three of the last four games, the Drive have left nine or more men stranded.
- Jackie Bradley, Jr. has continued his impressive work at the plate. In his last 10 games, he has batted .382 with a .512 OBP, with a slugging percentage of .618 and an OPS of 1.129.
- The Sea Dogs were on the other side of history Monday night as they were no-hit by the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR). Three New Hampshire pitchers combined on the no-hitter, blanking Portland across the board for the first time since 2006 and the fifth time in their history.
- SoxProspects Director of Scouting Chris Mellen checked in with a weekend of scouting from Hadlock field in Portland. Mellen discussed the white-hot Bryce Brentz, Kolbrin Vitek's approach at the plate as well as a take on the struggles of Chris Balcom-Miller.
- Reynaldo Rodriguez smacked two home runs this week, giving him a Red Sox system-leading and Sea Dogs' franchise record 9 home runs in the month of May. Rodriguez has had a stellar month, hitting .253/.349/.707 with 18 RBI and 15 extra base hits so far this month.
- Matt Barnes incredible freshman season hit a bit of a bump on Thursday as he picked up his first loss. Barnes tossed 6.0 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits while punching out 3 as he was the tough-luck loser in a 1-0 contest against the Winston-Salem Dash (CHW). Barnes has continued his dominance since his ascent to Salem, going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24.0 innings pitched.
- On the injury front, Stolmy Pimentel was activated from the disabled list on Saturday as Oscar Tejeda hit the DL with a strained hamstring. Brandon Jacobs (left hand contusion) and Kolbrin Vitek (intercostal strain) also hit the disabled list this week.
- SoxProspects.com will be featuring extensive pre-draft coverage coming up next week, make sure to follow @SoxProspects on Twitter to get the most up-to-date coverage and pre-draft information.
|Matt Barnes (Kelly O'Connor)|
John Gray and Karoline Zacherer are Staff Writers for SoxProspects.com. Follow John on Twitter @JohnRGray and Karoline @Sweet_KarolineZ.