John Farrell

John Farrell on D&H: Red Sox' troubles coming out of break 'not foreseen'

July 22, 2015 - 11:44 am

Manager John Farrell made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Wednesday before the second game of the Red Sox' series with the Astros. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. The Red Sox went into the All-Star break with momentum, having won 10 of their previous 15 games. However, they have not been so successful since returning to action, getting swept by the Angels in a four-game series and dropping Tuesday's contest to the Astros by a score of 8-3. "You come out of [the break] and run into a hot team out in L.A.," Farrell said. "We pitch a couple of good ball games and then kind of step on ourselves pitching-wise and we come away down four. That was not foreseen, personally, as we came out of the break." Looking to get back in the win column, the Sox will send Joe Kelly to the mound Wednesday for the righty's first major league start since June 23, nearly a month ago. While he was with the Triple-A club, Kelly made four starts for the PawSox. He had a 1-1 record and a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings. The outing follows Brian Johnson's first major league start Tuesday night in which he gave up four earned runs on three hits over 4 1/3 innings. Johnson hadn't pitched in 15 days because of his call-up and the break, but Farrell said he thought the rookie did some good things. "In particular he had a well-above-average curveball that he used quite a bit," the manager said. "I thought he managed the first inning where he's in a first-and-third situation with nobody out and minimizes the damage to just one run. He settled into a decent rhythm at that point, but unfortunately it looked like the running game was starting to expose itself, and we get a very quirky play where, with one out first and third, we get a stolen base where the throw caroms off [Jake] Marisnick's helmet and you're looking at two runs and a tie ball game. I thought he he handled himself all right and, approaching the high number of pitches that he had into that fifth inning, close to 90 pitches, it was time to get him." Farrell also said that while many of the PawSox have had a shot with the big club this season and are still getting looks, there could be even more roster possibilities down the line given where the team is. "The guys from Pawtucket are here," he said. "Brian Johnson [Tuesday night], Joe Kelly [Wednesday night], there's the need for a starter on Sunday, whether or not that's Steven Wright remains to be seen, but we're into the guys in Pawtucket. With Henry Owens, with his situation, he's throwing the ball well. I think at some point we may see those guys that have not been to the big leagues yet given where we are, so I think once we get through this next week we'll get a better sense of what opportunities exist to transition some other players." Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at On Brock Holt not being in the lineup for three of the four Angels games: "There were three left-handed starters that we had going. ... The one thing I was seeing coming into the All-Star break, and we dealt with this a year ago, is that when there was consistent play, there was the need for some time down and that was starting to show itself in the Yankees series. It felt like coming out of the break, there was a need for him to get his legs back underneath him, we were able to do it. He was back in the lineup [Tuesday], He's in the lineup again [Wednesday] so that's the sole reason for that in addition to the three left-handed starters." On whether Dustin Pedroia should have gotten a rehab stint: "If you look at the contact he's making, he's not getting any hits for it but it's been hard contact. The first game and a half, the first six at-bats in L.A., there were some balls that he flew out to the right-field line. Then in the second game there were some balls to the pull side, and since that game, since probably the sixth at-bat of the return, there's been consistent hard contact. He just misses a home run [Tuesday], foul, drives multiple balls to both gaps in both left and right center in the last five games that he's played. If he's got a couple of hits mixed in, everybody's saying, 'Wow it's amazing how he's jumped right back in and he's getting a couple hits,' but it's not because of the lack of hard contact." On Clay Buchholz getting a second opinion on his elbow: "There's been no setback to suggest that he needs to see Dr. [James] Andrews. As a matter of fact, he's put a ball in his hand three of the last four days, he's been playing catch, he feels good. That's a relative term, it's not feeling good to the point where he's getting ready to step back on the mound, but I think internally his gut instinct is he's feeling good enough to put a ball in his hand and that's what's taking place."