Boston Red Sox: Jose De La Torre

Bogaerts at SS for PawSox; hits 9th homer

August, 14, 2013
PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- After playing his eighth game at third base for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday night, Xander Bogaerts was back at shortstop Wednesday afternoon at McCoy Stadium.

He went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer to help the PawSox to a 6-5 win over the Louisville Bats. It was his ninth homer for the PawSox since his promotion to Pawtucket on June 14, and he extended his current hitting streak to eight games.

In his first at-bat, Bogaerts flied out to right field but put a good swing on the ball with the wind blowing in. He provided the homer in his second at-bat, when sent the ball over the left-center field wall.

“His first at-bat the ball was crushed and it didn’t go anywhere,” said PawSox manager Gary DiSarcina. “His next at-bat I had a great view and when it got over the [infield] dirt it had a different gear and that’s big-league pop. It’s raw power and that’s what everybody is excited for with Xander. The ability to hit a ball that far, if there wasn’t any wind it would have gone off that scoreboard because that ball was, I don’t think you can hit a ball better than that. It was like shot out of a gun.”

On Tuesday, Bogaerts went 3-for-4, but two of his hits were broken-bat singles.

“[Tuesday] I got the two bloopers and when I went home I didn’t feel that good because of the process,” Bogaerts said. “Result-wise it was good with three hits, but I really wanted a line drive and I got one today. I really felt good after the first one today, so I knew something was good. I just wanted to barrel up one and make me feel better and I did.”

During his next at-bat in the sixth inning, he showed bunt but pulled it back.

“I was going to bunt, but then I said, ‘Nah, forget about it.’ I was going to bunt the whole way.”

Instead, he provided a two-strike single to right-center field.

“It was just as good as the homer, in my mind,” DiSarcina said. “He’s up there, fighting, battling, surviving and performing. We’re lucky to have him -- no doubt.”

DiSarcina said the decision to bunt was Bogaerts’ idea.

“If he does get called up, he knows he’s not going to be hitting 2, 3, 4 or 5 in that lineup. He’ll be hitting down in the order and he’ll have to bunt,” DiSarcina said. “We’ve talked to him and he comes out early and works on the bunting... I’d rather see him hit a three-run home run than bunt, but that’s part of his development.”

Other news and notes from Pawtucket:

* Red Sox catcher David Ross continued his minor league rehab assignment and went 0-for-2 with a walk and played seven innings behind the plate.

“He was a little sluggish at the beginning just because it’s a noon game after a night game, but he felt good as the game went on,” DiSarcina said.

Ross will have Thursday night off and then catch a full nine innings in consecutive days on Friday and Saturday before a decision is made on whether he'll be activated.

* Right-handed pitcher Jose De La Torre has pitched well for the PawSox all season, but struggled Wednesday. He entered the game with a 3-1 record, three holds, one save and a 1.55 ERA. He had allowed only one run in his last 12 games (17 1/3 innings). He relieved PawSox starter Clayton Mortensen in the top of the seventh and faced only five batters, allowing four runs on five hits before he was lifted.

"He looked tired to me,” DiSarcina said. “The ball wasn’t coming out of his hand. As soon as he let it go it was either a ball or it was something right down the middle. To me, he just looked a little tired. He’s had a long year. He’s had a great year. His numbers are off the charts and he’s been great for us all year. He was a little wobbly his last outing, but this outing it just wasn’t coming out. He just didn’t have it for whatever reason. That is, without a doubt, an aberration for him.”

* Red Sox pitching prospect Anthony Ranaudo will make his McCoy Stadium debut Thursday night against Louisville. The 23-year-old right-hander made his PawSox debut on Aug. 4 at Buffalo, working six scoreless innings and allowing only four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. Currently, he’s 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA for Pawtucket since being promoted from Double-A Portland earlier this month.

Sox place Drew on DL, recall De La Torre

July, 5, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox were hoping to get by without putting shortstop Stephen Drew on the 15-day disabled list, but the move was made Friday prior to the opener of their three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.

The move is retroactive to June 29, as Drew has been sidelined with tightness in his right hamstring since leaving in the fourth inning of a 7-5 victory June 28 against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. He worked out with team trainers about five hours before Friday's game, but manager John Farrell said Drew wasn't confident "that everything is ready to go in the event that he has to make a hard break to a ground ball in the hole."

"He can be a little more controlled on the base paths, but defensively is where the concern was," Farrell said.

Drew is hitting .233 this season with five home runs and 31 RBIs. He was batting .211 following the first game of a doubleheader June 18 against the Tampa Bay Rays, but has 12 hits in 33 at-bats since then (.364) to bump up his average.

The move allowed the Red Sox to activate right-hander Jose De La Torre and give Boston a seventh arm in the bullpen. De La Torre, who pitched briefly for the Red Sox earlier this season before he was returned to Triple-A Pawtucket, traveled to Anaheim as insurance and is available tonight.

Though Drew would be eligible to come off the disabled list for the final game before the All Star break, Farrell wasn't ready to look that far ahead.

"If he gets through this next week with the same type of progress that he has made, we'll re-evaluate at that time," Farrell said.

De La Torre still undecided about WBC

February, 13, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Three Red Sox players -- Shane Victorino (USA), Alfredo Aceves (Mexico) and Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands) -- have definite commitments to play in the World Baseball Classic.

Non-roster pitcher Jose De La Torre, a 27-year-old right-hander who came to the Sox last July in a trade from Cleveland, is on the provisional roster for his native Puerto Rico but said he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether he will play. Teams have until Feb. 20 to finalize their rosters.

“I’m thinking what is better for me, if I stay here in camp or go there,’’ said De La Torre, who was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in 12 appearances for Pawtucket last season.

“I’d love to go. I’d love to pitch for my country. It’s a huge [honor].’’

De La Torre pitched this winter for Caguas, which won the Puerto Rican winter league and went to the Series Caribe. He pitched twice in the series, both times against the Dominican Republic in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Originally drafted by the Mets in 2006, this is De La Torre’s first big-league camp. That’s what makes the decision so difficult.

“I’m excited,’’ he said, broadly smiling. “I’ve done this for so many years, and finally get the opportunity to be in a big-league camp and show what I can do is, I like it. It’s fun.’’