Remember a month ago when the Red Sox seemed to be auditioning everyone for the outfield? Infielders like Brock Holt and Mookie Betts found themselves in the outfield more often.
A month later, Boston has a glut of outfielders on its 40-man roster, with nine listed (including Betts; Holt remains listed as an infielder since he goes back and forth).
Boston traded for two – Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig – and just added Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo
All nine outfielders are under contract for least another year:
Cespedes, Craig, Castillo, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Hassan and Bryce Brentz.
It figures that Boston may be dealing one or more of the above.
We look at Bryce Brentz in today’s column. Battling injuries for two seasons, Brentz may be the power bat the Red Sox desire so much.
Boston lost again as Brandon Workman (1-8, 4.39) allowed seven runs in the fourth inning. Remember when Workman began the year in the bullpen (1.42 ERA in three appearances). That may be his spot … Alex Wilson (1.26) has been impressive in the pen. He pitched 3 2/3 scoreless on Saturday.
The Portland Sea Dogs (83-50) are 33 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history, after a 7-1 win in New Hampshire. Brian Johnson (10-2, 1.83 ERA) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before yielding a two-out home run. He went 7 innings: 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K … Sean Coyle (.300) hit his 14th home run.
Elsewhere in the minors, Pawtucket’s Blake Swihart (.255) went 2-for-3 … Teddy Stankiewicz, 20, upped his record to 10-8 in Greenville (3.85 ERA), allowing two earned runs in six innings … Rafael Devers (.306/.855 OPS) went 2-for-3 with a double in the Gulf Coast League.