TORONTO — The Houston Astros have had internal discussions about adding Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar to their list of managerial candidates for the 2013 season, a major league source said.
Bogar had been a coach on Terry Francona’s staff and was kept on to be Bobby Valentine’s bench coach. But Bogar and Valentine have not worked out well together.
Bogar has been considered a managerial candidate for a while. He even interviewed for the Astros job before Brad Mills, another former Sox coach, was hired for the 2010 season. Mills was fired midway through this season, and the job was given to Tony DeFrancesco on an interim basis.
The Astros quietly have begun to interview candidates. Houston’s new management is very statistically based and is looking for a manager who will be able to groom young players with a combination of instruction and discipline.
Former Phillies manager Larry Bowa, now an analyst on MLB Network, confirmed to the Globe that he interviewed for the position Friday in Houston.
Relief packageOne area where the Red Sox seem to be OK for next season is the bullpen. That is, unless they start messing with success and try converting people such as Junichi Tazawa, Andrew Miller, and Clayton Mortensen into starters. The experiment with Daniel Bard didn’t work out. But have they learned their lesson?
As it stands, they could have Andrew Bailey, Tazawa, Mortensen, Chris Carpenter, Scott Atchison (if he re-signs), Miller (if he re-signs), Rich Hill (also a free agent), Bard, and Vicente Padilla (also a free agent).
They may have reached the end of the road on Alfredo Aceves and will try to deal him, if they can convince suitors that he isn’t as disruptive as all of baseball now thinks he is.
Carpenter was the pitcher acquired as the Theo Epstein compensation, but he had elbow surgery shortly thereafter and missed most of the season. He has come back strong.
Carpenter, who was once capable of throwing almost 100 m.p.h., worked two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief in the eighth Friday night, stranding a pair of runners to earn his first major league win.
“Heard from family and a bunch of friends,’’ Carpenter said. “It was kind of one of those special nights.’’
Valentine was impressed.
“First win, heck of a job,’’ Valentine said.
Since he was called up from Pawtucket, where he went 1-0 and recorded four saves with a 1.15 ERA in 16 appearances, Carpenter has tossed 3⅓ scoreless innings over his first four outings with the Red Sox.
“He’s pitched very well since he’s been here,’’ Valentine said. “I’ve been impressed with his velocity and his breaking ball, his kind of reset command. He’ll fire one that looked like it got away from him and comes right back and makes a real good pitch.’’
Dustin checks in
Dustin Pedroia (0 for 3) was back in the lineup after his wife Kelli gave birth to Cole Thursday.
“He’s big — he’s almost 9 pounds,’’ marveled Pedroia, who was weary from a lack of sleep but appeared none the worse for wear.
“I brought him home at 1 in the afternoon [Friday] and then got on a flight about 7 o’clock that night,’’ said Pedroia. “There was not much rest, but it was worth it.’’
After the baby was born Thursday, Pedroia said, he was driving his son Dylan home and listening to the Red Sox-Yankees game. With lefty Boone Logan warming up in the bullpen, he wondered for a moment whether he should stop at the ballpark and pinch hit.
But after a call to his wife, he realized that was a bad idea.
Pedroia, who has hit safely in all but three of his last 35 games (a major league-high .381 average in that stretch), said he was eager to get back to work, especially after the team had to reshuffle its infield, with Mike Aviles filling in at second base in Friday night’s 8-6 victory.