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Grissom (groin) doubtful for Opening Day

@Sportsgal25
March 2, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Vaughn Grissom was expected to make his Red Sox debut this weekend. Instead, he’s now doubtful for Opening Day. Manager Alex Cora revealed before Boston faced the Nationals on Saturday that Grissom, the Red Sox’s presumptive starting second baseman, was “shut down” with what Cora deemed

Bello a mixed bag in latest bid for Opening Day nod

Houck goes three scoreless with sights on rotation; Casas debuts
@Sportsgal25
March 2, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brayan Bello showed up to Red Sox camp early this spring, even for pitchers and catchers. Barring injury, he’s already got a spot at the front of the rotation thanks to a strong 2023 campaign, but Boston’s homegrown talent didn’t crack the big league roster by

Burner Duran back from injury, plans to be faster in '24

March 1, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Already the fastest player on the Red Sox, Jarren Duran has already set in motion a plan to be even quicker this season. First, Duran had to get back on the field. As the calendar flipped to March on Friday, Duran finally got a chance to

Injuries & Moves: Veteran Cron agrees to Minors deal

March 2, 2024

This page will be updated to reflect any Red Sox transactions and injury updates made throughout Spring Training.

'It's nice to be wanted': Lester reunites with Red Sox at camp

February 29, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Five months shy of a decade since Jon Lester was traded by the Red Sox following stalled contract negotiations, the erstwhile ace left-hander finally came home on Thursday. Lester threw on a navy blue Red Sox hoodie, some team workout shorts and eagerly started his two-day

Willard's vital role: Change Boston pitching narrative

February 29, 2024

This story was excerpted from Ian Browne's Red Sox Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Winckowski impresses in spring audition for rotation

@paige_leckie
February 28, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Practically every team, every spring, is looking for some missing roster piece. And so, there’s always a battle between teammates to fill that void. This year, one of those competitions at Red Sox camp is for the coveted fifth rotation spot. One of three players

After offseason of change, O'Neill ready to empty the tank

February 27, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- New Red Sox outfielder Tyler O'Neill is a sculpted weightlifter and he’s not going to apologize for it. Remember his background. His father Terry was named Mr. Canada in 1975, an honor given to the country’s best body builder. Unlike his father back in the day,

Houck strengthens case for rotation in spring debut

February 26, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Red Sox manager Alex Cora dropped the nugget recently that Tanner Houck added the most velocity out of everyone on the pitching staff, it seemed to be an indication that the righty did so by design. It turns out the uptick came naturally, and that’s

1 prospect from each team who can light up the radar gun

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 29, 2024

As fictitious Cleveland manager Lou Brown says from the dugout to his mercurial young star, “Wild Thing” Vaughn, in a climactic moment against the Yankees in the movie “Major League”: Forget the curveball, Ricky, give him the heater. Spoiler alert, Ricky does indeed give him the heater and blows 101

Anthony looks like a pro in early first taste of big league spring

February 26, 2024

This story was excerpted from Ian Browne's Red Sox Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One of the most enjoyable parts of Spring Training is when a top prospect gets summoned to the big

Rafaela among prospects to watch at Spring Training

@JimCallisMLB
February 27, 2024

This story was excerpted from MLB Pipeline's newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Cora confirms Sox recently met with Jordan Montgomery

February 26, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Could Jordan Montgomery wind up with the Red Sox after all? The longer the 31-year-old lefty remains on the market, perhaps the better chance Boston has of finding common ground with a starting pitcher who would fit perfectly at the top of the team’s rotation. Before

Giolito shows off rejuvenated repertoire in Red Sox debut

February 25, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For Lucas Giolito, his Grapefruit League debut in a Red Sox uniform was a chance to gauge the status of his top project this spring: a new-and-improved slider. Veterans like Giolito don’t take much from linescores in Spring Training, even though the righty had a pretty

'Swiss Army knife' mindset freeing up Whitlock

February 24, 2024

SARASOTA, Fla. -- If you didn’t know Garrett Whitlock’s new-and-improved mindset, you’d probably think his Grapefruit League debut in the Red Sox's 4-3 loss to the Orioles on Saturday afternoon was yet another year of the right-hander trying to carve out a specific role on the team. Starter? Reliever? The

1 dark horse candidate to make each Opening Day roster

@Theo_DeRosa
February 25, 2024

From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming young players, Spring Training provides an opportunity for everyone to shine. While only 26 players per club will crack the Opening Day roster when all is said and done, those who stand out during the spring often find themselves rewarded. With the help of each

CF job? Fifth starter? Here are 5 key storylines to watch this spring

February 23, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The morning drill work the Red Sox have been doing the last couple of weeks will continue in earnest. But starting on Saturday, most afternoons will include Grapefruit League action. Friday was a soft launch of sorts, as the Sox suited up mainly Minor Leaguers for

Macho Man poised for breakout sophomore campaign

February 22, 2024

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Presumptive starter Grissom still determined to earn it

Offseason acquisition hits field early, displays blue-collar attitude in first spring with Sox
@Sportsgal25
February 21, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The beginning of Spring Training is usually a time to catch up with teammates, swap offseason stories and gently ease back into a very long grind. Vaughn Grissom didn’t get that memo. Grissom was already dressed and at it by 8 a.m. Wednesday, a new face

Hendriks expects to debut with Red Sox by Trade Deadline

February 20, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Three-time All-Star closer Liam Hendriks was in uniform and played catch for the Red Sox on Tuesday, just minutes after passing a physical that greenlighted the two-year, $10 million contract he agreed to on Monday. The pact includes performance bonuses that can bring the value up

Devers calls for additions to put Sox in 'better position to win'

February 20, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For his entire career, Rafael Devers has inhabited a clubhouse loaded with veterans. But this year, things have changed. Not only is Devers the face of the franchise -- a title, by the way, that makes him cringe -- but he has emerged into one of

Top power-hitting prospects -- one from each team

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 21, 2024

Slugging percentage, isolated slugging percentage, exit velocity, hard-hit rate, barrel percentage, good old-fashioned dingers. Power is one of the most qualitative, and thus easiest to measure, tools in the game of baseball. It’s also one of the most tantalizing and mesmerizing as tape-measure shots draw the most oohs and aahs

Cora sends message: 'We're still the Boston Red Sox'

February 19, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was the night before Monday’s first full-squad workout and several of the most important members of the Red Sox’s brass were enjoying dinner together when Dustin Pedroia joined the proceedings for a minute or two virtually. “[Assistant GM] Raquel [Ferreira] and [chief baseball officer Craig

Yorke eyes breakout showing in big league camp

February 19, 2024

This story was excerpted from Ian Browne’s Red Sox Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. FORT MYERS, Fla. -- One way for a prospect to make an early impression at Spring Training is to arrive, well, early. Nick