Red Sox Make Flurry of Moves in Advance of Blue Jays Arrival

Boston Red Sox's Blake Swihart makes the catch on a pop foul by Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado during the first inning of a baseball game in Boston, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

One might think that given the timing (first two weeks of the season,) a break between a Wednesday night game and a Friday night game would provide for some downtime for the Boston Red Sox.

You’d be wrong.

A lot has happened since Joe Kelly and a stellar bullpen led the Red Sox to a 4-2 win over the previously undefeated Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

Here’s the recap.

Wednesday night the Red Sox demoted Rusney Castillo to Pawtucket.

Thursday the Red Sox announced that they intended to promote catcher Christian Vazquez to the majors.

Friday the Sox sent Blake Swihart down to Pawtucket. Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe tweeted that Vazquez would bat eighth and start at catcher on Friday night against the Blue Jays

 Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that Pablo Sandoval was heading to see Dr. Andrews for a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder. A trip to Dr. Andrews is generally not considered a good omen. If Sandoval’s ailing shoulder requires some sort of major surgery, the questions about what the team will do with him for the remainder of this season will most likely be answered.

The Red Sox made another promotion on Friday. Infielder Marco Hernandez was brought up to the big leagues. Hernandez will provide an additional left-handed bat off the bench.

Boston is playing host to yet another high-powered offense. For a team with shaky starting pitching, the early season schedule hasn’t been too kind.

Cleveland did not feature an elite offense, but the Orioles and Blue Jays will end up accounting for 10 of the Red Sox first 14 scheduled contests.

Friday night’s starter is Rick Porcello. Porcello wasn’t awful in his first outing. He’ll be facing the same feared Blue Jays lineup he faced last Saturday. He’d be wise to steer clear of Jays clean-up hitter Jose Bautista.

Last Saturday Bautista’s pair of two-run home runs accounted for all four of the Jays runs in the eventual 8-4 Sox victory. Toronto is coming off back-to-back wins against the New York Yankees. They arrive in Boston with a 5-5 record.

Once the Blue Jays leave town things will get a little easier for the Red Sox. They’ll host weak hitting Tampa Bay before hitting the road for three in Houston and two in Atlanta against the currently 0-9 Braves.

Friday night’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET. Knuckleballer R.A.Dickey will face Rick Porcello.

About the Author

Ben Shapiro

Red Sox columnist for ESPN New Hampshire. Originally from Western Massachusetts, I currently live in New York City with my wife and dog.

I’ve previously written for Huffington Post, Bleacher Report and MassLive.com

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