Jemile Weeks

Red Sox pregame notes: Jemile Weeks recalled; How will Sox approach trade deadline?

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2015 - 2:46 pm

With Dustin Pedroia going on the disabled list prior to Saturday's game, the Red Sox needed some infield help. With their bullpen in better shape that it was a few days ago, the team optioned Noe Ramirez back to Triple-A Pawtucket and recalled utility man Jemile Weeks. "All over the infield as well as he's played a couple of games in the outfield," manager John Farrell said of Weeks. "So kind of a super-utility that gives us some flexibility all around the diamond." It's the 28-year-old's first appearance in the majors this season. In 51 games with Pawtucket this season, Weeks has a slash line of: .207/.307/.310. He came to the Red Sox last season from the Orioles along with Ivan DeJesus, Jr. in exchange for Michael Almanzar and Kelly Johnson. Ramirez was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three games with the Red Sox. With the Red Sox entering play Sunday 12 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and 12 games below .500, the team will likely be active at the trade deadline. Their focus has shifted towards 2016 and trying to get a head start on building next year's team. "There's a couple things that quickly come to mind. One, that you're always looking for additions," Farrell said of how the team will approach this week. "You're looking for ways to improve your team. You're looking for guys that might come in to sure up an area that's in need of. Like I said, I think the temperature in the clubhouse can be different depending on the intensity of some of the rumors. Our guys are smart. They're aware of what's going on whether it's communication from their agent or otherwise. But again, I'd like to think that we've got enough veterans that stay focused on what we've got to do tonight." With a few names already rumored of being shopped around, there could be some distractions leading into Friday's deadline, but Farrell hopes that won't become an issue. "You'd like to think that the attention and focus is on today's work and preparation for tonight," Farrell said. "Sure it's a natural thing to start to see players get traded. Every day there's probably going to be a prominent name that changes uniforms. But I don't know that there's been a lot of rumor surrounding any guys in our clubhouse. If there's any talk, what has been handled in the past is that there's some communication with the player that you try to stem some of those distractions or thoughts. But we're not at that point."