In a groove
Reddick is unfazed by crowded outfield
Josh Reddick has no complaints about the way things are going for him in Pawtucket this season. Although he was disappointed not to get more playing time with the Red Sox during spring training, the outfielder understood the situation, given the offseason acquisition of Carl Crawford, so he had no illusions about making the Opening Day roster.
“I just went down there and tried to enjoy it and take it one day at a time,’’ Reddick said. “I knew I was coming here, so I was just trying to get into a little groove and carry it into the season.’’
Reddick has done just that. After going 3 for 5 with two home runs in a win over Lehigh Valley last night, Reddick is hitting .296 and has homered in four consecutive games, giving him eight for the season.
“Just trying to turn it around from what I did last year,’’ said Reddick, who got called up for four different stints in Boston in 2010, playing 25 games (15 starts) in all three outfield positions. He hit .216 with 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 3 RBIs.
“Just trying not to crush the ball as much,’’ he said. “Just trying to put it in play, stay the other way, and just battle until I get a pretty good pitch to hit.’’
Reddick, who led Pawtucket last season in at-bats (451), runs (59), hits (120), extra-base hits (50), RBIs (65), total bases (210), and slugging percentage (.466), leads the PawSox with 56 total bases, the eight home runs, and 16 RBIs.
“Just keeping a nice and easy approach, even working some walks to get the on-base percentage up there,’’ he said. “I just want to be the all-around player that I can be instead of that one-tool player that just tries to pull the ball out of the park.
“I just hope to keep getting up with guys on base and driving them in.’’
If last year taught him anything, it was that anything can happen. Witness the injury last Thursday to Pawtucket center fielder Ryan Kalish, who partially tore the labrum of his left shoulder diving for a fly ball.
Reddick has moved to center from right, flanked by Daniel Nava in left and Juan Carlos Linares in right, though they are all interchangeable parts.
“We’ve got a little more outfield depth up there and down here,’’ Reddick said. “So it’s going to be interesting to see what happens between the eight of us on the roster. It’s a fun challenge, especially with guys like Kalish down here and D-Mac [Darnell McDonald] up there.
“All three of us are kind of the same player,’’ Reddick said. “We can play all three [outfield positions], we can sometimes steal, we can sometimes hit the homer.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what they want to go with, but you just have to keep grinding every day.’’
Kalish rehabbing Kalish is trying to take an optimistic outlook on the rehabilitation of his shoulder.
“Everything that we’re doing right now is pretty standard as far the rehab goes, so I don’t see any other way to be but optimistic,’’ Kalish said.
The team medical staff decided to have Kalish do rehab instead of undergoing season-ending surgery.
“If I can come out of this just doing rehab, it’ll be nice,’’ he said. “That’s what I’m aiming for, so I’m optimistic and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be.’’
Kalish, who missed a few weeks last season rehabbing a minor hip issue, said there was no timetable on his return.
“I feel like I have a really good relationship with everyone at the Red Sox and I feel like everything we’re doing is making me feel better and better every day,’’ said Kalish, who was hitting .235 at the time of his injury.
“As far as that goes, I’m happy. I have a really good trainer here in Jon Jochim and I’ve worked with him for years and had him all the way back in the Gulf Coast League.
“I think there’s a plan and everything that they’re coming up with where, why not, just stay positive.’’
As for potential surgery?
“You know what? I haven’t even thought about it,’’ said Kalish. “I haven’t even looked into it. I have no idea.
“I’m just planning on having to rehab it. That’s all right now.’’
Salem slugfest Wednesday night was a wild one for the Single A Salem (Va.) Red Sox of the Carolina League. Salem erupted for 16 runs in the first game of a doubleheader in Kinston, N.C., only to get shut out in the nightcap, 6-0. In the first game, the Sox erupted for 10 runs on nine hits in the second inning, chasing starter Clayton Cook, who was charged with nine earned runs in one-plus inning. Shannon Wilkerson, in the game for David Mailman, who led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, crushed a three-run pinch-hit homer to make it 12-0. “It’s an incredible-looking column in my scorebook,’’ said Evan Lepler, the radio voice of the Salem Red Sox. “All black diamonds — a really dangerous ski course.’’ . . . Salem first baseman Reynaldo Rodriguez, 24, homered for the third consecutive game in the 16-6 romp, hitting a two-run shot in the third that made it 14-2. It was his second consecutive homer off an 0-and-2 pitch. Though Salem was shut out in the nightcap, Rodriguez extended his streak of reaching base to 16 games. In that stretch, he has hit .414 (26 for 59) with 17 extra-base hits (12 doubles, 1 triple, 4 homers), 21 RBIs, 20 runs, 9 walks, and 9 strikeouts.
Hot Dogs Second baseman Oscar Tejeda went 3 for 4 to help the Double A Portland Sea Dogs score an 8-2 victory over Binghamton Tuesday night. Tejeda broke a scoreless tie in the third with a three-run homer, his first of the season . . . Portland left fielder Alex Hassan, of Milton, had two hits Tuesday and two more Wednesday to raise his batting average to .426.
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