AARON BATES MOVIN’ ON UP
You never know what’s going to happen in baseball. Jeff Bailey, called up to Boston on June 30 to replace Mike Lowell, has been placed on the 15 day disabled list, himself, opening a space for Aaron Bates. Bates, has struggled since his promotion from AA Portland. Bates was hitless in his last 29 at bats for Pawtucket and just 6 for his last 60. He is a right handed hitter with power. At the time he was promoted to the PawSox, Bates was tearing up the Eastern League, hitting a robust .340 with 70 hits and 41 runs. Bates had 7 HR and 39 rbi. Bates is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Monday, playing first base and batting ninth. He has played terrific defense, despite his offensive woes. The former North Carolina State star makes his offseason home in Los Gatos, California. Ironically enough, the Red Sox are playing the A’s at Fenway. Oakland is about 45 miles from Los Gatos. Bailey suffered a high ankle sprain and has been placed on the 15 day DL. High ankle sprains can be difficult to come back from quickly and are said to be painful. With Lowell, and now Bailey out, it seems all the more important for Jed Lowrie to get back ASAP. Given the lousy field conditions in Moosic (see yesterdays blog) The Red Sox have sent Lowrie to AA Portland to continue his rehab. (Lowrie had 3 hits in his Sea Dogs debut on Monday) The Yankees did the same with catcher Jose Molina, shipping him to AA Trenton. Bates’ promotion should mean increased playing time for Jeff Natale.
Ivan Ochoa has rejoined the PawSox. The talented infielder has been activated from the DL where he has been since May 1 with a hamstring strain. Ochoa is in the starting lineup for game 2 of the twin bill. The former PCL All Star and San Francisco Giant has been in Fort Myers rehabbing the hammy. Ochoa says he is back to 100%.