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Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Timeline Revealed By John Farrell

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Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Timeline Revealed By John Farrell

Boston Red Sox reliever Carson Smith has had two rehab appearances with the Pawtucket Red Sox and another with the AA-Portland Sea Dogs. Smith continues to gain arm strength and command every day as he tries to get back to the big leagues after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Boston Red Sox Manager John Farrell noted prior to Sunday’s game that he has heard some positive reports from Smith and Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles.

“The command was better last night,” Farrell said. “There was an uptick a little bit in velocity from maybe five days prior and in talking with Carson he just feels now he’s gotten three appearances, the recovery time both in terms of his arm and his body is getting less. So these are encouraging things here as we go through the early phase here.”

The regimen that Smith is on right now with Pawtucket is getting him too pitch every three days. His next rehab appearance is scheduled to come on Tuesday for the PawSox. Many are wondering when the reliever will be back up in Boston. But according to John Farrell they are going to keep him down at AAA-Pawtucket until the end of their season.

“He’s got three appearances, it’s been a year and a half,” Farrell said. “We’re still spacing it out to no sooner than every third day in which he’d be in a game. At some point that will close down a little bit more to more frequent outings but I think for right now, given all that he’s been through the more we can keep his trend moving upward, we’ll stay the course for right now.”

The PawSox season ends on September 4th and a the moment their chances of making the International League playoffs are slim. Smith would likely be recalled shortly thereafter depending on how he feels. But for now, he is just taking steps in the right direction with Pawtucket.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“He looked good. He said he felt good after his outing. It was a positive step in the right direction.” Said Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles  [/perfectpullquote]

Trifecta’s Evan Cook happened to cover all three Carson Smith rehab’s at this point. His observations are below.

Rehab Appearance #1

Carson Smith had trouble throwing strikes in his 1st rehab appearance with the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday night. In that game, he threw 18 pitches and just 5 strikes. Smith was throwing his fastball between 88-90 mph while reaching as high as 91 at one point reportedly. His pitching line that night was 1/3 of an inning, giving up 0 hits, 2 runs, and 3 walks.

Rehab Appearance #2

Smith went 1 inning, giving up 1 walk, and struck out 1 swinging on 13 pitches (6 strikes). He pitched the 7th inning, where he came in to start the inning. His fastball topped out at 91 tonight on a consistent bases. He did throw two called strikes in the inning. He also had one called strike. That was on a slider to strikeout Ronald Bueno to end the inning.

Rehab Appearance #3

 He pitched in the 5th inning of the game where he gave up 1 hit and struck out 2 on 13 pitches (8 strikes). His last time out on Tuesday night, he walked one and struck out one on 13 pitches (6 strikes). Tonight, his fastball was consistently at 91-92 mph. Based on what I saw, he threw 7 fastballs, 3 curve balls, and 3 sliders tonight. His first strikeout was of Eric Stamets on a slider. His second strikeout was of Nellie Rodriguez on a curve ball to end the inning.

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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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade

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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition

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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat

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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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