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Red Sox claim utility man Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from Braves

Red Sox claim utility man Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from Braves

BOSTON - The Red Sox added some utility help Thursday, claiming Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from the Braves. With Dustin Pedroia banged up and Brock Holt and Pablo Sandoval both on the disabled list, the Sox’ infield depth was worn down. 

How exactly the Sox make room for d’Arnaud on the 25-man roster wasn’t immediately clear. He’s not going to be on the active roster until Friday.

Manager John Farrell on Tuesday, the day d’Arnaud was designated for assignment, said the Sox were actually comfortable with their infield depth, despite all the injuries. Josh Rutledge, Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are center stage these days.

“No, I think we’re good because with Rutledge’s ability to play all four, Marco’s ability to play three, we feel like we’re in pretty good shape,” Farrell said. “In addition to Selsky’s ability more comfortably at first base and the outfield as well, we feel like our depth has us in a good position to be covered.”

The 30-year-old d’Arnaud was on the Opening Day roster for the Braves and went 3-for-8 with a couple walks. He can play any position, infield or outfield, and is a .231 lifetime hitter in 170 games between three teams.

The Pirates drafted d’Arnaud, who bats right-handed, in the fourth round in 2008. He’s done well as a pinch hitter, going 11-for-37 (.297) with a .381 on-base percentage in his career.

He's also well known for his music.

Right-handed reliever Carson Smith was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. He is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and not expected back until June any way. (The point Smith went on the DL, which was the start of the season, doesn't change.)

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.