Red Sox pregame notes: Red Sox plotting September call-ups; plans for Clay Buchholz; Xander Bogaerts a 'work in progress' at third base

August 28, 2013 - 2:24 pm
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With roster expansion on Sept. 1 looming, the Red Sox expect to reinforce their roster in the not-too-distant future. Manager John Farrell said that the team would have eight or nine call-ups in September, though not all of them will come at the start of the month, with some players remaining in Pawtucket through the end of the PawSox' playoff run while getting regular plate appearances. Farrell said that the team will add recently acquired outfielder Quintin Berry (whom the Sox added in a deal with the Royals on Tuesday, in exchange for right-hander Clayton Mortensen) as one of its Sept. 1 call-ups to see how he performs as a potential impact base runner off the bench, while also bringing up a third catcher and a right-handed reliever. Third baseman Brandon Snyder, on the disabled list with an elbow injury since August 8, is starting a rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. Farrell, asked if he would be a Sept. 1 call-up, said the team plans to activate Snyder "sooner rather than later, yeah." -- The Red Sox will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Berry. With Alex Wilson now having been out since July 10, the Red Sox could move the right-hander to the 60-day disabled list to avoid having to part with another player on the 40-man roster. -- Xander Bogaerts will make his first start at Fenway Park on Wednesday, his first big league start at third base. The reports on his progress at the position from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he played 10 games at third? "A work in progress, particularly on the long and short hop, depending upon the speed of the runner," said Farrell. "There's different footwork that will be executed in reading that hop. With just a handful of games, there's limited opportunity, so the early work was critical in him getting comfortable over there, but he's such a good athlete and he's got that internal clock that we saw on the play at shortstop the other night out in L.A. -- [Yasiel] Puig is flying down the line, and he doesn't waste movement and he uses the ground to skip a throw. He's got that instinct. The repetition at third, just because he's been a shortstop his whole career, that's a little bit on the short end." -- Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, with 15 pitches off the mound in a normal bullpen setting and then 15 more with a batter in the box. His next stop, Farrell revealed, will be a rehab outing for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday night, in which the right-hander is expected to throw 50-55 pitches. From there, the team expects that he will have one more rehab start (likely Sept. 4 -- though that date could prove problematic since Buchholz's wife is scheduled to have labor induced for the delivery of the couple's second child) of 70 or 75 pitches before returning to the big leagues, with a targeted date of approximately Sept. 10 in Tampa Bay.

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