Morning report: How ex-Sox are doing

March, 28, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where the Red Sox are not scheduled to play a game Wednesday, the schedulemakers having blessed them with just their second day off of the spring.

Or as Darnell McDonald, whose Twitter handle is MacDime54, tweeted Wednesday morning: @RedSox hope everyone enjoys their last off day of the spring before its #GoTime

It will not be a day off for everyone. Pitchers Clay Buchholz and Aaron Cook are scheduled to start in minor-league games Wednesday, while closer Andrew Bailey is also scheduled to get some work in.

"I'm sleeping in this morning,'' manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday. "I won't be getting here until 7:15.''

With the Sox idle, we thought this might be a good time to catch up on how some recently departed Sox players are doing with their new teams:

* Marco Scutaro (traded to Colorado for reliever Clayton Mortensen): Scutaro, the Sox shortstop for the last two seasons, will open the season at second base for the Rockies, who would like to bat him in the No. 2 hole. Scutaro didn't hit this spring, batting .188 as of Wednesday, but he had drawn 11 walks, which is 11 more than Mike Aviles, and had a .391 on-base percentage.

* Josh Reddick (traded to Oakland for closer Andrew Bailey): Reddick won the starting right fielder's job for the Athletics, batting .333 this spring, and went 0 for 4 in the team's season-opening 3-1 loss to the Mariners in Japan this morning. The Athletics also received two prospects in the deal, first baseman Miles Head and pitcher Raul Alcantara. Head was rated the 13th best prospect in the Sox system, while Alcantara, one of the best young arms the Sox had out of the Dominican Republic, was ranked 27th and is just 19.

* Jed Lowrie (traded to Houston for reliever Mark Melancon): Lowrie will be the Astros' Opening Day shortstop and has posted a team-leading 1.043 OPS this spring. Hitting coach Mike Barnett said a slight change in the position of Lowrie's head is enabling him to see the ball better from the left side. Lowrie also has started his own photography website,

* Kyle Weiland (traded to Houston along with Lowrie): Weiland is bidding for a job as the Astros' fifth starter, going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Even if he doesn't win that, he appears headed to the bullpen.

* Jonathan Papelbon (signed as a free agent by the Phillies): Papelbon has made 9 appearances this spring for the Phillies and has allowed one run while holding opponents to a .212 batting average. He is in the first year of a four-year, $50 million deal and should have the advantage of a league full of hitters who have never faced him.

* Erik Bedard (signed as a free agent by the Pirates): Bedard, who won just one game for the Red Sox after coming in a trading-deadline deal with the Mariners and pitched a total of six innings after Sept. 3, when Sox pitching collapsed, has been named the Pirates' Opening Day starter.

* Dan Wheeler (signed as a free agent by the Indians): Lit up early in camp, Wheeler is unscored upon in his last four outings and is trying to win a spot in the Indians' bullpen.

* Conor Jackson (signed as a minor-league free agent by the Rangers): Jackson, a backup outfielder for the Sox, was released by the Rangers after going 3 for 33.

Finally, an update on Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo, the top prospects the Red Sox traded away last winter for slugger Adrian Gonzalez. Kelly is still in Padres' camp and has a 2.30 ERA, but will open the season with Triple-A Tucson; Rizzo, who was reunited with Theo Epstein in Chicago, hit .364 this spring but also is returning to Triple-A. Both could be in the majors before the end of the season.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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