Not wanting to use any more pitchers in a blowout loss to the Yankees last night, the Red Sox called on first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp to work the final inning. And it wasn’t pretty.
Carp threw just 15 of his 38 pitches for strikes and walked five batters, although he did induce a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Brian McCann and ended up allowing only one run in the first pitching appearance of his career.
He threw about half fastballs and half knuckleballs, and MLB.com has the video:
Carp averaged 82 miles per hour with his fastball and also threw 18 knuckleballs at an average of 68 miles per hour.
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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.