Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Notes: Ross to see concussion specialist
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- A few quick hits from manager John Farrell:
* Catcher David Ross is scheduled to be examined Thursday in Pittsburgh by neuropsychologist Dr. Micky Collins, MLB's consultant on concussions, at the University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center. Ross was not examined there the first time he went on the DL for concussion symptoms back on May 12 and missed 11 games.
In his first game back from the DL, on May 25 against Cleveland, Ross struck out in all five of his at-bats. He has played in just eight games, batting .136 (3 for 22) while striking out 13 times. Ross was struck again by a foul ball in the third inning Friday night in Baltimore, and though he remained in the game, he struck out in his final two at-bats.
“There was a further onset of symptoms," Farrell said. “That while he’s not as severe as the first time he was on the DL, there’s still some things that are lingering we’re going to have examined."
* Despite catching for 18 innings, 5 hours and 37 minutes, sitting through a rain delay of 2 hours and 59 minutes, receiving 261 pitches from 7 pitchers, and batting 7 times, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was behind the plate again Wednesday.
“He felt good coming out of yesterday," Farrell said.
Farrell also cited Wednesday night’s matchup -- Saltalamacchia was 6 for 20 with two home runs against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson -- and noted that Ryan Lavarnway, called up Tuesday night, would be catching Thursday in Detroit against Tigers left-hander Wilson Alvarez.
The Sox had hoped that Lavarnway would arrive in time to catch the second game of Tuesday’s double-header, but weather kept his flight grounded in Columbus and he did not arrive until around the fourth inning.
* Shane Victorino did not play Wednesday because he was a bit banged up after playing both ends of the double-header. Victorino singled, tripled and scored two runs in the opener, then went 0 for 4 in the second game. Mike Carp said he was good to go after coming out of Sunday’s game with a tight hamstring, but Farrell said he wanted to limit Carp to pinch-hitting duty. With both Victorino and Carp out, Jonny Gomes got another start against a right-hander, his 10th. He’s batting .200 (9 for 45) against right-handed starters, with 4 home runs.
* The question lingered a day later: Felix Doubront had thrown eight scoreless innings, retired the last 17 batters he faced, had not walked a man, and had thrown just 93 pitches. So, just what circumstances have to be present for a Sox pitcher to throw a complete game?
“He was in line to do that." Farrell said. “Everything lined up for him to do that. And yet, you also look at what Felix has come through.
This was the longest outing in which he’s ever pitched in the big leagues last night, eight innings. He’s making very good progress in terms of momentum in his own game. And the fact is that he walked off that field after eight innings with only one thing that could happen, and that’s to get a win.
Obviously, he gets a no-decision because of what transpired, but if there’s a little bit more room on the scoreboard, he’s probably going back out for that ninth inning.
“But yet, I thought it was important for him to end the night on a very positive note... He continues into his next start with quite a bit of momentum on his side.”
* Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster remain the two candidates to make Saturday’s start in Detroit.
The decision will be made, Farrell said, on “who has been most consistent of late and who’s throwing the ball over the plate more consistently."
De La Rosa threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings Monday in Columbus, allowing just two hits, but he walked five. Webster went 6 scoreless innings last Friday against Buffalo, allowing just one hit while walking just one. In his last four starts, he has walked a total of 7 batters in 21 1/3 innings, so the pendulum might have swung in his favor.