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Farrell: Still some settling into roles ahead for Red Sox bullpen

Farrell: Still some settling into roles ahead for Red Sox bullpen

BOSTON - The Red Sox bullpen has about as much definition as Pablo Sandoval this time a year ago. 

Joe Kelly and Robbie Ross Jr., two of the perceived most reliable relievers going into spring training, don’t seem to be at the top of manager John Farrell’s list right now. If there’s a sense of roles yet — seventh inning, eighth inning, whatever — John Farrell isn’t putting it forth publicly.

“Without a returning lockdown eighth-inning guy, we’re about settling into some roles as quick as possible,” Farrell said Monday. “There’s going to be a little more matching up right now, before we bridge to [Craig] Kimbrel in the ninth. So, you take some of the momentum that certain guys have coming out of spring training throwing the ball. 

“[Heath] Hembree and [Matt] Barnes from the right-handed side have probably been the most consistent. Robby Scott and Fernando [Abad] from the left side have probably had more momentum coming out of spring training. So, we’ve got to settle into the roles as quick as possible.”

Tyler Thornburg’s shoulder injury is a culprit here. 

It doesn’t sound like there are any relievers Farrell wants to keep to clean innings, a la Koji Uehara last year.

“No, I wouldn’t say there’s [anyone],” Farrell said. “We’ve checked those boxes off in spring training with guys coming in in the middle of the inning, just to give them at least in preparation of this season, that experience. They’ve done it in the past. 

“We know last year Matt Barnes was very effective with inherited runners when he entered ballgames. How that unfolds, that’s the one … the bullpen is the most unpredictable component of any team. Like I said, the sooner we can settle into roles, the better.”

Thornburg’s halfway through his 10-day no-throw period, Farrell said.

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”