Red Sox prospect Mookie Betts made his first career start in right field last night for Triple-A Pawtucket.
This is significant as we just learned the other day that Shane Victorino suffered a setback in his rehab from back and hamstring injuries this week. Thus the move to put Betts in right — he had been playing center field and is naturally a second baseman — seems calculated to fill a hole at the big league level. Or to at least give the Sox some data on which to consider it.
Betts, 21, has torn it up at the plate across two minor league levels this year, hitting a combined .348/.437/.523 with eight homers, 48 RBI and 29 stolen bases in Double- and Triple-A. He’s slated to play in the Future’s Game next month. At what position I have no damn idea.
Horrible news for Marlins stater Edinson Volquez: Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today reports that his younger brother has been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic.
Brandy Volquez was just 25. He was involved in an early-morning fight on Monday with two men at a barbershop in Santo Domingo. One man is in police custody. Volquez, you may recall, lost his father mere hours before starting Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, so he is no stranger to tragedy, unfortunately.
“I will always remember you my brother. May God have you in his kingdom,” Volquez wrote in an Instagram post. “RIP one love.”
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Blanco hit a mere .224/.309/.311 in 106 games with the Giants in 2006. It was his worst campaign in his big league career, not counting a 24-game stint with the Braves in 2009. Blanco suffered at least one concussion in 2015 and was on the DL for concussion issues twice that season. There’s no telling if that had anything to do with his subpar year, however.
He’ll fight for a backup job for Arizona, who already has A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas in the outfield.