Red Sox utilityman Kelly Johnson will play in a pair of rehab games on Tuesday and Wednesday, putting him on track to be activated and potentially make his debut with his new team on Thursday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Johnson has been sidelined since July 23 with a strained left groin.
At the trade deadline, the Red Sox swapped infielder Stephen Drew for Johnson in a trade with the rival Yankees. Johnson, 32, did a little bit of everything for the Yankees and is expected to serve in a utility role for the Red Sox as well. In 227 plate appearances in pinstripes, Johnson posted a .219/.304/.373 slash line with six home runs and 22 RBI.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)