Rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez is certainly making a strong case to be a part of Boston’s rotation next season.
The 22-year-old got a 2-0 lead thanks to David’s Ortiz’s 497th career home run and held Philadelphia to one run over seven innings as the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep with a 6-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday.
”I would say he has – nine wins,” Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said when asked if he’s making a push to be a part of next year’s starters.
It was Rodriguez’s third win in four starts.
”What’s not to say about the run he’s on,” Lovullo said. ”He controlled the pitch counts, a great game.”
”I just want to keep working to stay here next season,” said Rodriguez (9-5). He gave up eight hits, striking out seven and walking one.
A day after he posted his club-record ninth season with 30 homers, Ortiz stepped up in his first at-bat and sent a 3-1 fastball from rookie right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (1-3) over the Phillies’ bullpen to give Boston a 2-0 edge.
”It went about as far as I’ve seen a ball go this season,” Lovullo said. ”A beautiful swing, typical David.”
It was Big Papi’s 200th career homer in Fenway Park. The 39-year-old slugger is looking to become the 27th player to reach the 500-homer mark.
San Diego Padres officials met with Johnson Sunday and came to the mutual decision that Johnson will be shut down for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Additionally, Johnson will fly to Alabama to meet with “Tommy John surgery” leader Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.
Johnson did not meet with the media Sunday. He returned to San Diego Saturday and immediately had his elbow examined by team physician Dr. Heinz Hoenecke. The Padres did not disclose the results of that exam.
But Johnson was expected to throw up to 25 pitches Friday night in Visalia in the first of two rehab scheduled appearances for Class A Lake Elsinore over the last weekend of the minor league season. But he walked off the mound after four pitches complaining of pain in his twice reconstructed elbow and right forearm.
“Josh definitely wants to pitch again,” said Padres assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. Sunday.
“He’s a very positive guy. He’s a great teammate and like I said yesterday, no one has worked harder at getting back on the field.”
Johnson signed with the Padres in November of 2013. But he suffered the elbow injury during spring training in 2014 and never pitched in a game for the Padres.
And every once in a while, if you’re really unlucky, as the Pittsburgh Pirates were, you find yourself on the really short end of the scheduling and traveling stick.
With its game in St. Louis picked as the prime-time game this week, Pittsburgh was put in a very difficult situation after a 7-1 win as it hurriedly packed, dressed and headed for the bus so that it could get to the airport and fly to Cincinnati.
Once in Cincinnati, the Pirates won’t have long to rest. That’s because they are to play the Reds Monday at 1:10 p.m. That would be Eastern time, an hour ahead of the time zone in which they played Sunday night.
So if Pittsburgh looks sleepy and plays sloppy in Cincinnati Monday, it may be aggravating for players and fans, but it would be perfectly understandable. Even the best-conditioned athletes might struggle with playing two games 17 hours apart in two time zones, as the Pirates have been asked to do.
Cueto faced 18 batters and half reached base — seven hits and two walks — and five scored before he was yanked after three innings in a 7-5 loss Sunday to the White Sox.
Cueto had thrown 77 pitches before manager Ned Yost said that was enough and brought in Chris Young.
“Eighty pitches in three innings is the equivalent of 135 in nine innings,” Yost said. “It’s just too much of a work load.”
In his past four starts, all losses, Cueto has a 9.45 ERA, allowing 37 hits and 22 runs, 21 earned, in 20 innings.
“I’m not frustrated at all, but I’m a little bit disappointed I haven’t been able to help the team the way I was supposed to help this club,” Cueto said.
Yost insists Cueto has no health issues. Cueto said he feels normal and “strong.”
But the results have been a debacle.
“His mechanics were pretty good,” Yost said. “There was nothing mechanically wrong.”