June 2012

Beckett gets clean bill of health

Some good news on the injury front. Red Sox righty Josh Beckett had an MRI Monday and there are no structural problems with his right shoulder.

Beckett said he should miss just one more start, and return to the rotation by the end of next week.

“We did an MRI yesterday and everything looks pretty good,” Beckett said. “Took the steps necessary. I think we’ll miss a start and maybe push me back a day.”

The discomfort Beckett felt wasn’t unfamiliar.

“I just had some pain that I was dealing within my shoulder,” Beckett said. “It’s stuff that I’ve dealt with before. But whenever it starts taking away from strength, that’s kind of where we got to, and the trainers made the decision that they made.”

Franklin Morales will again take Beckett’s spot in the rotation on Saturday against the Marlins.

In other news, the Red Sox activated Cody Ross before Monday’s game and put Scott Podsednik (left groin strain) on the disabled list.

Red Sox load up on pitchers on Draft Day 2

The Red Sox loaded up on arms rather than bats on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft.

The Sox selected Jamie Callahan, a right-handed pitcher from Dillon High School (S.C), in the second round with the 87th overall pick.

Callahan, 17, was the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in South Carolina this season and is committed to the University of South Carolina. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds.

He has a chance to develop three plus pitches and has a fastball that can reach 95 mph. Callahan’s best pitch is his curveball and he also has a solid changeup. He had 113 strikeouts in 50 innings this season, going 7-1 with a 0.89 ERA and one save.

The Red Sox selected righty Austin Maddox from the University of Florida in the third round with the 118th overall pick.

Maddox, 21, was a former two-way standout at Florida but his future is as a reliever. Currently playing in the NCAA tournament for the Gators, Maddox is 3-3 with a 2.24 ERA. The closer has 12 saves and 55 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings over 30 appearances.

The Red Sox opted for another hurler in the fourth round, taking right-hander Ty Buttrey from Providence Senior High School (N.C.) with the 151st overall pick.

Buttrey impressed scouts with his fastball, which was up to the mid-90s for most of the season. He’s effective when throwing inside and improved his breaking ball as a senior. Buttrey, 19, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds and is committed to the University of Arkansas.

Mike Augliera became the sixth pitcher drafted by the Red Sox when the Binghamton University righty came off the board in the fifth round with the 181st overall selection.

Augliera, 21, went 6-7 with a 3.16 ERA as a senior, striking out 83 in 82 2/3 innings over 13 starts. He tossed seven complete games, including two shutouts. Augliera issued just seven walks this season and held opponents to a .221 batting average.

He is Binghamton’s all-time leader in wins (23), complete games (13), innings (298 1/3) and starts (50).

The Red Sox spent their first six picks on right-handed pitchers on Tuesday, with Fresno State’s Justin Haley going in the sixth round and Kyle Kraus from the University of Portland in the seventh. They also used their final three selections on hurlers, including lefty reliever Dylan Chavez from Ole Miss.

“You want to develop pitchers, especially power pitchers,” said Red Sox amateur scouting director Amiel Sawdaye. “You need to do it within your own organization and that’s what we looked for. Certainly we got a handful of guys that fit that mold.”

When the Red Sox weren’t busy drafting pitchers, they selected two shortstops, one first baseman, one catcher and one center fielder during rounds 8-12.

J.T Watkins, the son of area scout Danny Watkins, went in the 10th round. The catcher from Army was one of two players from the service academies drafted on Tuesday. The other was Navy outfielder Alex Azor, who went to Toronto.

“J.T. is a really good player,” Sawdaye said. “He’s a big catch-and-throw guy, spent some time on the Cape this past summer and had a pretty good year. He’s a solid guy who can really catch and throw for us in the Minors.”

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