Monday, August 2, 2010
Reddick makes a statement
By Joe McDonald
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- When the Red Sox placed outfielder Mike Cameron on the disabled list Monday afternoon, PawSox outfielder Daniel Nava was promoted from Pawtucket for the second time this season.
For the second time in a few days, prospect Josh Reddick saw a PawSox teammate get the call to the big leagues while he remained behind. Ryan Kalish made his major league debut last Saturday, and Nava continues his magical season.
Whether or not he wanted to make a statement, Reddick turned in a big offensive night for the PawSox, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a single and a three-run homer to help Pawtucket to a 12-0 victory over the Durham Bulls on Monday night at McCoy Stadium.
“I think about it for about two seconds and then I push it away,” Reddick said of not getting promoted. “That’s one of the main things at Triple-A that you see people struggling for, is seeing different people going up and then you’re wondering why it’s not you. Then you start pressing, trying to do too much.”
After PawSox manager Torey Lovullo told Nava of his recall to Boston, Reddick shook Nava’s hand and told him he probably wouldn’t be back in Pawtucket this season.
“Deep down you want it to be you, but at the same time I can understand why they didn’t want it to be me. It’s understandable. It sucks in a way, but I’m happy to be here and to be swinging the bat like I am right now. I hope I can continue that.”
“I think a lot of guys will see [other players] go up and it’s easy to say, ‘Hey, I’m getting passed over,’” Lovullo said. “Josh Reddick is too smart to know when and if he starts to get that feel back, and he takes care of his own business that he’ll be where he’s supposed to be.
“It’s easy to get distracted by those callups, but it’s something that we try to avoid here,” added Lovullo. “We preach avoiding that thought because you’re not keeping your mind in the moment. Josh simplified things today and it was good to see.”
Reddick made his major-league debut with the Red Sox in 2009 and has been recalled three times this season. He had been struggling at the plate in the first half of the season, but since the All-Star break he’s been on a tear.
In his last 11 games, he’s hitting .434 with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 2 homers.
“It’s about not thinking about it, or way too much,” he said. “I needed to quit worrying about the numbers. I think going home during the All-Star break has a lot to do with it, seeing family and friends and not worrying about baseball, not thinking about it. It did a lot of good for me. I kept my mind off of it, and when I got back it was time for business.”
Reddick has been asking Lovullo for the last few weeks to bat in the leadoff spot, but the manager didn’t feel like Reddick was ready for the top spot until he penciled him in on Monday.
“He’s finally starting to solidify his approach with his lower half, and he’s not so jumpy,” Lovullo said. “And he got a little shot in the arm by leading off today. He had a great day and we’re looking for that to continue.”