Red Sox taking their time with Masterson and Victorino
BALTIMORE — In Justin Masterson and Shane Victorino, the Red Sox have two veteran players on the disabled list who are making $22.5 million this season.
But the Sox don’t appear to be in much of a hurry to bring them back.
Masterson is scheduled to start for Triple A Pawtucket on Wednesday afternoon against Charlotte at McCoy Stadium. It will be his third injury rehabilitation start and manager John Farrell isn’t ruling out a fourth.
“I think we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Farrell said before the Sox’ 1-0 loss against the Orioles Tuesday night.
Masterson didn’t pitch particularly well in his first two minor league starts, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and four walks over 6⅓ innings.
Masterson has been on the DL since May 13 with what the team termed shoulder tendinitis. The righthander said at the time that he didn’t agree with the decision and started throwing again only two days later.
Masterson had a 6.37 ERA in his first seven starts.
The Sox do not have an open spot in their rotation. Masterson could pitch out of the bullpen but the Sox are pleased with the work of Steven Wright as a long reliever.
Masterson has been staying with the Red Sox, traveling with the team and leaving only to pitch his rehab games. He even accompanied the team here on Sunday before returning to Boston less than 48 hours later.
Under the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, a rehab assignment for a pitcher can last as long as a month.
The Sox have slowed the progression of Victorino, who has been on the DL since May 24 with a strained left calf. Plans were for Victorino to start a rehab assignment this week but that’s been pushed back. “We’re trying to get him through some final stages of physical testing,” Farrell said. “That’s includes additional intensity, a lot of change of direction.”
Victorino is not with the team. He is working out with a therapist back in Boston.
Farrell kept track of which players the Sox were selecting on the second day of the draft but was otherwise not involved in the process. “I have enough to worry about,” he cracked.
Farrell took particular notice of Matheny, the son of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
The Cardinals drafted Tate Matheny in the 23d round out of high school but he elected to play in college.
Matheny, who also played on Team USA, hit .291 as a junior with an .888 OPS. He stole 12 bases in 14 attempts.
Matheny was in Colorado with the Cardinals and followed the draft on-line with his father.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “It’s every kid’s dream to play professional baseball and I’m getting an opportunity to do that. It made it a little more special to be here with my dad [and] see his reaction when they called my name. It’s a memory we’ll have for the rest of our lives.”
Tate Matheny had a good idea the Sox would select him and he expects to sign, “Unless something really bad happens.”
Mike Matheny was happy the Sox selected his son.
“Great organization,” he said. “They take a lot of pride in the way they develop their players. Obviously a great place to play if you do make it to Boston, and good [minor league] cities along the way. This team has been on him for a while. They like what he can do.”
The Red Sox beat the Cardinals in the World Series in 2004 and 2013. Mike Matheny was the St. Louis catcher in ’04 and the manager in ’13.
“Tate was quick to say he hopes it’s one more. That didn’t go over real well,” Mike Matheny said.
Farrell, who saw his three sons get drafted, sent a congratulatory text message to Mike Matheny.
“You live a little bit vicariously through your kids now as they’re fortunate enough to blaze a path that you traveled,” Farrell said. “In Mike’s case, he’s got talented boys. It’s good to see him continuing his career. It sounded like Tate was elated about being drafted by the Red Sox. We’re looking forward to getting him out and getting him playing.”
Infielder Jeremy Farrell, 28, is playing in Double A for the White Sox. Righthander Luke Farrell, 24, was a sixth-round pick by the Royals in 2013. He was promoted to Double A Northwest Arkansas this season and has a 3.07 earned run average in four games.
Shane Farrell was drafted by the Blue Jays but elected to pursue a career in the front office. He now works for the Cubs in their amateur scouting department.
“You’re proud of what they’re able to accomplish,” Farrell said.
Of the 10 players selected by the Sox in the draft so far, eight are college products.
The Sox started the second day by taking catcher Austin Rei of the University of Washington with their third-round pick. A thumb injury limited Rei to 25 games but he showed enough to merit the 81st overall pick.
The Sox took shortstop Jagger Rusconi of West Ranch (Calif.) High School, in the fifth round. They announced him as a center fielder.
Three pitchers were selected from rounds 6-8: Ohio State righthander Travis Lakins, South Alabama righthander Ben Taylor in the seventh, and lefthander Logan Allen of IMG Academy in Florida.
The Sox used their ninth-round pick on first baseman Tucker Tubbs, out of Memphis, and their 10th-round pick on third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus of Gonzaga.
Locally, Vanderbilt outfielder Rhett Wiseman of Mansfield, Mass., and BB&N, was selected in the third round (103d overall) by the Nationals. The draft continues on Wednesday.
Farrell had a lengthy closed-door meeting with closer Koji Uehara before the game. The manager said it was a routine talk about how Uehara felt after pitching three consecutive days. Uehara pitched Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, tossing 52 pitches and allowing five hits . . . Baltimore promoted outfielder Nolan Reimold from Triple A Norfolk and optioned lefthanded reliever Cesar Cabral. Reimold started in left field and was 0 for 2 with a walk . . . Mookie Betts was following the draft and was pleased to see his cousin, Nick Shumpert, go to the Tigers in the seventh round. He is the son of former big leaguer Terry Shumpert.
. . . Tuesday was the anniversary of Ted Williams’s 502-foot home run into the right-field bleachers at Fenway Park in 1946. The ball landed on a seat in Section 42 that is now painted red. The blast, off Detroit’s Fred Hutchinson, struck a fan, Joseph Boucher, and punched a hole in his straw hat . . . Eight players from Single A Greenville made the South Atlantic League All-Star team: righthanders Mario Alcantara and Michael Kopech, third baseman Rafael Devers, utility player Mauricio Duhon, shortstop Javier Guerra, outfielder Derek Miller, and catcher Ben Moore and Jordan Procyshen
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