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Boston Red Sox Injury Report: Infielders Inching Closer To Return

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Boston Red Sox Injury Report: Infielders Inching Closer To Return, Pitchers Getting Closer As Well

The Boston Red Sox injury report is starting to show positive signs across the board.

“We have a number of encouraging things on the rehab front,” manager John Farrell said.

Below we have updates on Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, Josh Rutledge, and Jason Groome.

Utility Infielders Getting Closer To Return

Brock Holt started a rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket and was 1 for 3 as the designated hitter Saturday. He started in left field Sunday and went 0 for 3 in a 14-7 loss to Scranton.

Holt, who is recovering from concussion symptoms believed related to vertigo, is likely to stay in the minors through the All-Star break.

The issue with his rehab assignment has been the log of third basemen ahead of him in Pawtucket. Both Pablo Sandoval and Jhonny Peralta are both in Pawtucket not allowing Holt to get too much time at third.

Holt did, however, take grounders at third ahead of Monday’s game in Pawtucket.

Sandoval, on the other hand, is rehabbing an inner ear infection that placed him on the 10-day-dl. With the PawSox, the third basemen is 7-for-25 in six games with one home run and three RBIs.

The other utility player recovering from injury is Josh Rutledge. Rutledge is recovering from a concussion and took batting practice at McCoy on Sunday. But with the PawSox going on the road on Tuesday, Rutledge has traveled to the team facility in Fort Myers, Fla. He is expected to meet up with Boston in Tampa Bay this week but will still need a rehab assignment.

Lefthanded Pitchers On The Mend

The Boston Red Sox currently have three pitchers of note returning from injury.

Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Johnson, and Jason Groome.

Rodriguez will start on Tuesday for Pawtucket in Rochester with a goal of getting to five or six innings and 75-80 pitches. Farrell indicated to the media that it is unlikely Rodriguez would pitch in the majors before the All-Star break.

Brian Johnson, on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, is set to start for Pawtucket on Wednesday. He will have the same pitch and inning limits as E-Rod according to PawSox manager Kevin Boles.

Groome, on the other hand, is three starts into a rehab with the Lowell Spinners He is close to a call-up to the Greenville Drive.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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