Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn suffers stroke
DETROIT — Red Sox hitting coach Greg Colbrunn remains hospitalized in Cleveland after suffering a stroke before Wednesday’s game against the Indians.
Colbrunn, 44, was taken from Progressive Field to the Cleveland Clinic after experiencing dizziness. He was then found to have a “subarachnoid hemorrhage,” according to the team. That is a ruptured brain aneurysm that sends blood into the space around the brain.
According to the Red Sox and team medical director Dr. Larry Ronan, Colbrunn will remain in Cleveland for a few days for treatment and evaluation. He is expected to be able to resume his duties at some point this season.
Assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez will fill in for Colbrunn during the weekend series against the Tigers.
The Red Sox have not yet decided if they will add to their staff in Colbrunn’s absence.
This is Colbrunn’s second season with the Red Sox. He is married and has three daughters. He played 13 seasons in the majors from 1992-2004 with seven teams.
Lefthander Felix Doubront, who has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a shoulder strain, started a rehabilitation assignment with Double A Portland on Thursday.
Doubront allowed two runs on three hits over four innings against Erie. He struck out two without and walk.
Manager John Farrell said Wednesday that Doubront would make two or three minor league starts before the Red Sox consider returning him to the rotation.
Doubront was 2-4 with a 5.12 earned run average in nine starts before going on the DL in the wake of banging his shoulder on a car door.
The Sox lost, 7-4, at Cleveland Wednesday in a 12-inning game that started at 9:33 p.m. after a long rain delay and did not end until just after 2 a.m., when Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer off Edward Mujica.
Farrell used closer Koji Uehara for two innings, matching his longest stint of the season, in an attempt to win the game. But Mujica replaced Uehara to start the 12th and the game ended four batters later.
Uehara threw only 30 pitches, retiring six of the seven batters he faced.
“I knew with [a day off on Thursday] I could pitch two innings,” Uehara said. “I was prepared.”
Uehara has 15 consecutive scoreless innings, dropping his ERA to 0.70 in 25 games.
The Red Sox were held to seven hits and were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. They scored nine runs in the three-game series.
David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Brock Holt had a two-run single.
The Red Sox activated righthander Steven Wright from the 60-day DL and optioned him to Triple A Pawtucket. The knuckleballer had offseason hernia surgery. Wright started for Pawtucket on Thursday and threw seven shutout innings against Durham. Ryan Lavarnway, who had surgery on his left wrist Tuesday, was moved to the 60-day DL . . . The second annual David Ortiz Children’s Fund Gala will be June 15 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston at 6 p.m. Ortiz and many of his Red Sox teammates will be at the event. For information or to purchase tickets go to davidortiz.com.
Chavis picked at 26
The Red Sox selected Michael Chavis, a high school infielder from Georgia, with their first selection (No. 26 overall) in the amateur draft.
Chavis played shortstop Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga., but projects to play third base or second base. Chavis hit .557 as a senior with 13 home runs.
Chavis attended two workouts the Red Sox held in Georgia and suspected they would draft him.
“I talked to them a pretty decent amount before the draft,” Chavis said. “I’m really, really thrilled it came out that way.”
Chavis has committed to Clemson. But he said he was open to the idea of signing with the Sox.
“Fairly comfortable saying that I am,” he said.
Chavis attended the draft in New Jersey sporting a bowtie and showed plenty of personality during a conference call with reporters.
“A little flashy, kind of classy. Thought I’d bring it out,” Chavis said of his distinctive neckwear.
Chavis was considered one of the best high school hitters in the draft. The 5-foot-10-inch righthanded hitter has good power and speed.
With the 33d overall pick, a selection gained as compensation for free agent Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees, the Sox selected Texas high school righthander Michael Kopech.
The 6-4 Kopech, who is from Mount Pleasant, Texas, has hit 98 miles per hour with his fastball and has a good curveball. His mechanics need work, although he is a good athlete.
In the second round, 67th overall, the Red Sox took Sam Travis, a 6-foot, 210-pound first baseman from Indiana. He hit .347 with a .991 OPS as a junior with 12 homers and 58 RBIs over 59 games for the Hoosiers.