Matt Barnes

Red Sox pregame notes: Travis Shaw promoted, Matt Barnes optioned; Multiple injury updates

Ryan Hannable
June 14, 2015 - 8:18 am

There was an unfamiliar face in the Red Sox clubhouse Sunday morning when first/third baseman Travis Shaw walked through the door. Shaw has appeared in just one major league game, an early May game in Toronto. The corresponding move for Shaw was optioning reliever Matt Barnes back to Triple-A Pawtucket. "Given the physical situation with a couple of our position players, we needed some depth at a corner position, so Travis is here today," manager John Farrell said. Barnes suffered the loss Saturday, allowing a towering home run to Jays catcher Russell Martin in the 11th inning. Following a string of five straight scoreless appearances, Barnes has allowed runs in his last three outings, including three Friday night without recording an out. For the year, the right-hander is 2-2 with a 4.24 ERA. A starter turned reliever, he will remain a reliever with Pawtucket. "It's been more in hitter counts where the mislocated pitches have cost him," Farrell said. "Yesterday [Saturday] was a prime example of that. The one thing about Matt is if you look back at his progression to get to the big leagues, there's been obviously a learning curve at each of the levels he's advanced through. If you combine that with a change of role, this is part of his continued learning and the required consistency at this level. He's got all the ingredients to be a very good late inning reliever. There's a lot of trust in him. You look at the three-pitch mix that he has and yet we're striding for consistency." -- Mike Napoli is out of the lineup again Sunday, as he's in the midst of a 1-for-20 slump, but is expected back Monday against the Braves. Farrell said he would be available to pinch-hit Sunday. "Second day down," Farrell said. "Much like we did with David and with Pablo. A couple of days to regroup. Fully expect him back in the lineup tomorrow." -- Pablo Sandoval is starting after leaving the game Saturday with right quad tightness. The third baseman went through a full workout before the game and came through it with no issues. Shaw was brought up in case it did flare up within the game. -- After crashing into the Red Sox bullpen wall Friday night, Mookie Betts is out once again, but will taking batting practice on the field prior to the game. "Improved throughout the night. We'll know more coming out of BP," Farrell said. -- There is no rehab date set for Shane Victorino as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury. "He still goes through his full baseball activity and running program, but not to the point that we can say that later this week he'd be out on a rehab assignment," Farrell said. "Every three days, every two-three days you get a sense of how close he is getting, but yet I don't have an exact day for you." -- Justin Masterson will start for Triple-A Pawtucket in Charlotte on Tuesday. The team will reassess his status following the start. It will be his fourth rehab start (right shoulder tendinitis).