Links 6-17-2010: Last night redux, Shealy signed, bullpen overuse, more draft signings


For those that missed the game yesterday, I have to say that the box score just doesn’t do justice to the way the game went. The Sox were pounding Rodrigo Lopez all night, with loud outs all over the outfield. Dustin Pedroia is smoking balls every at-bat now. Jon Lester was a bit inconsistent, but his stuff was still electric, freezing guys at the dish. Also not reflected in the box score: Justin Upton’s mammoth home run in the 2nd that landed in Landsdowne Street. That was a Manny Ramirez-type blast. That kid’s got some incredible power.

The Red Sox have signed 30-year old first baseman Ryan Shealy to a minor league deal. Theo Epstein has long coveted Shealy’s on-base skills back when he was still a prospect, but as Ben Nicholson-Smith points out, he does provide some right-handed depth for when Mike Lowell is dealt.

Is Daniel Bard being overused? Bard has appeared in 33 games this year, and is tied for the AL lead in that category. With 34.2 IP and 522 pitches thrown already, he has pitched more than half of his innings total from 2009 (minor leagues included). The Red Sox assure us that they are monitoring both Bard and Jonathan Papelbon closely, but all the more reason for us to go out and get an established reliever to add to our bullpen.

The Red Sox continue plugging away at signing their draftees, making 10 signings official yesterday.

Shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias has an occult (minor) fracture in a finger on his right hand. He is expected to be out another two weeks or so while it finishes healing.

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