John Farrell on D&H: 'I don't think [any upcoming roster move] will be surprising'

June 25, 2014 - 12:34 pm
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Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday to discuss the struggles of Xander Bogaerts and A.J. Pierzynski and the condition of the team. To listen to the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. The Red Sox continue to disappoint in 2014, as the team is mired in fourth place in the AL East with a 35-43 record. Boston is reeling during a West Coast trip, producing a 1-5 record and getting outscored 36-18 in games against the Athletics and Mariners. Despite Boston's struggles, Farrell says his team has the potential to turn things around this season. "I think what we'€ve all shared, from top to bottom, is some frustration with how the first 78 games or so have gone,"€ Farrell said. "€œWe've had areas on this team that have been very strong, and until lately, that'€™s been the rotation and really the bullpen. The last couple of days have not been good for us from the mound. ... We'€™re starting to get some guys back. [Clay] Buchholz obviously starts tonight for us, Brandon Workman is in line and a strong candidate for Friday, so we'€™re starting to get some help back to us. "Some of the inconsistencies on the offensive side, that'€™s got to change for us to got on a little bit more of an extended run."€ Bogaerts is going through the worst slump of his brief MLB career, posting a .157 average with five extra-base hits in June. The 21-year-old slugger has been even worse over his last seven games with a .080 average and two singles in his last seven games. "I do know that he'€™s obviously working on some things and right now, he'€™s quick to get out to his front side,"€ Farrell said. "He'€™s a little jumpy, he'€™s a little anxious, and when he'€™s missed his pitch in the zone, there'€™s been some mounting, I don'€™t want to say pressure he'€™s put on himself, but he knows he missed his pitch. That'€™s part of dealing with the anxiety that sometimes emerges inside of a player. ... We'€™re trying to get him back on track. ...We fully feel he'€™s going to be an impact player." Farrell also defended Pierzynski, who ranks last amongst MLB catchers with at least 200 plate appearances in OPS at .636. Pierzynski has only walked seven times in 224 plate appearances this season. "We knew full well when we signed A.J., this was his track record," Farrell said. "He was an aggressive type of hitter, not of the same ... approach as many of our hitters use, which we were fully accepting of that. All things combined, we felt that A.J. was a good fit -- from a length of contract, to left-handed hitter, veteran presence -- all those types of things fit what our needs were." With Buchholz returning to the team Wednesday night, a roster move is needed to make space for the righty. While Farrell would not reveal the move, he acknowledged that are multiple ways for the team to create a spot for Buchholz. "We haven't announced that yet, we're still working through a number of things," Farrell said. "Obviously, that'€™s coming within the next few hours, but nothing to announce here on this call." Farrell continued: "€œI don'€™t think the move will be surprising. There'€™s one of three ways that this space will be created, and that'€™s either through an option of a young pitcher to Triple-A, someone goes on the disabled list or a trade. Those are the three avenues that we can pursue. I do know this, [general manager] Ben [Cherington] is always working at ways to improve our roster, and that includes competition from within. ... The easy thing to do would be to send one of the young guys down, but because they'€™re pitching so well, I don'€™t know if we'€™re willing to accept that right now, and that's why everything is being exhausted up until game time tonight to make a move." For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.
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