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Boston Red Sox – Tampa Bay Rays Series Notes

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Trouble in Youk-ville. Red Sox report Kevin Youkilis has bursitis but could return to the field by Tuesday. Gordon Edes also reports Youkilis also has a sports hernia. What’s not clear is whether these are “new” injuries or another case of the Red Sox medical staff misdiagnosing a player’s injury. Remember, Youkilis only came off the disabled list on September 2. None of this is good for the Red Sox and the playoffs. Youkilis has been battered all season – and his numbers have suffered. This is 2 sub-par, injury-filled years in a row for Youkilis. At age 32, Youkilis looks like he may be on a downhill descent. Start the Will Middlebrooks watch.

Baseball is a game of adjustments and Rays 2B Sean Rodriguez needs to make some to become an everyday player. Rodriguez shows good power for a middle infielder but makes contact too infrequently. The Rays see him as a work in progress who could pay off down the road.

Good news for Dice-K. Daisuke Matsuzaka has joined the Red Sox in St. Petersburg and reports he is a few weeks away from starting to throw again – as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

The Rays have baseball’s top pitching prospect – Matt Moore – but Moore was edged out for Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year – with Angels OF prospect Mike Trout getting the nod. John Manuel explains the publication’s decision here. Expect Moore to be in the Rays rotation next season – adding another quality, power arm to already strong rotation.

Written by Albie Jarvis

September 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Boston Red Sox – Tampa Bay Ray Series Notes

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One Ray looking good this series is recent call-up lefty reliever Jake McGee. He throws gas – hitting 97 mph.

There is still no timeline for the return of Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. He has been out long enough now that Buchholz will need rehab starts to get back in the groove. So we are probably looking at mid-August as a best case scenario.

The Rays have more big-time pitching help on the way. Lefty starter Matt Moore – off an impressive appearance in the Futures Game – was named the #3 MLB prospect by Baseball America. Look for Moore to arrive in Tampa Bay sometime next season.

Bobby Jenks hit the DL for the third time this year. It is officially time to declare this FA signing a bad move. Look for the Red Sox to acquire a reliever who can be reliably called upon in the 7th inning down the stretch. Appears Ozzie Guillen was right about Jenks. Lefty Randy Williams – who looked good in his Red Sox debut – was called up from Pawtucket to replace Jenks.

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg spoke with the media and sounded like a frustrated guy. Frustrated over attendance, stadium issues and rumors his respected GM Andrew Friedman is getting ready to skip town. Can’t say I feel sorry for him – he’s a big money guy who knew what he was buying into – but the Rays look forever destined to be “close but no cigar.”

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