February 2nd, 2013 at 1:43am
Boston Red Sox made some roster changes the last couple of days.
Lyle Overbay signed a minor league contract with a invite to spring training which hopefully sums up the question of who is going to back up and platoon at 1st Base with Napoli. Overbay’s numbers are down the past couple of years, but he still plays a mean defense at 1st.
Ryan Kalish had successful shoulder surgery this week and is recovering,Projected return time to the diamond is 5 to 6 months, tough break for Ryan.
Red Sox also signed 2 more minor league pitchers who could have potential in the future, right-hander Charlie Haeger and left-hander Christian Perdomo . Both area a ways away from making a start for the big club but do have some good stuff.
To end the week I would like to share a couple of the red sox prospects/talents that could certainly get their chance at some playing time with the red sox this season. J. C. Linares(Juan Carlos Linares) has certainly made his mark in the minors. Last season Linares had a superior season, Linares had a .316 batting average, his slugging percentage was a .510. Very impressive. Linares final stats for AAA Pawtucket in 2012
.316/.364/.510, 16 HR, 29 BB, 66 K. Linares has the chance to be a big part of the outfield for the red sox this season.
In Addition to Linares another guy to watch for this season making the move up to Beantown from Pawtucket is Terry Doyle. Doyle has a chance to join the red sox pitching staff , probably as a reliever at some point this season. I personally have experienced Doyle and his domination on the mound during his high school and legion playing years in New Hampshire. He throws a really good fast ball and off speed stuff to throw a batter off. He could be a big surprise for the Red Sox this season.
As an older wise deceased man (aka my later grandfather) always use to tell me February is the turning point to spring. Spring Training is almost here!