Author: Aaron Gleeman

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John Farrell responds to report that Red Sox coaches “all hate” Yoenis Cespedes


Earlier this week Bill Madden of the New York Daily News wrote that the Red Sox will likely trade outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in part because of “his open disenchantment with Boston and his refusal to pay any heed to their coaches.”

Madden also quoted “a Red Sox insider” source who said: “He marches to his own drum and the coaches all hate him.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell responded to those claims yesterday–and particularly the “coaches all hate him” part–during an interview with MLB Network Radio, saying:

Totally surprised and completely off-guard. It’s unfortunate that a comment like that is made from elsewhere. We had two full months with Yoenis. I think you get a pretty good feel for a player or a person when you’re around them every day for the length of time in a given day that we are. We know him to be one thing, and that is a guy that works well. He became a very good and strong performer in the middle of our lineup.

We’re happy he’s here. We’re certainly looking forward to building a lineup with him in the middle of it next year. Completely unfounded and kind of a shame that someone would write something like that because we see him and from what we know of him is completely 180 degrees from what was written.

Two things: One, it’s not as if Farrell would ever say “well, yeah, it’s true we all hate Cespedes” even if it were true. And two, regardless of what they think of Cespedes as a person the Red Sox’s glut of outfielders could lead to them trading him with one season remaining on his contract and good but not great numbers over the past two years.

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer undergoes shoulder surgery

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After aggravating his season-long shoulder problems in the Arizona Fall League last week Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer underwent what the team is calling “minor” shoulder surgery.

Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft and ranked as a top-25 prospect according to both Baseball America and coming into the season, but then the 23-year-old right-hander was limited to just five innings by arm problems.

Last year, in his first full season as a pro, Zimmer struck out 140 batters in 108 innings between Single-A and Double-A.

Jake Peavy has a thumb injury, but will start Game 6

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Confirming reports from last night the Giants just revealed that tonight’s starter, Jake Peavy, suffered a bruised right thumb while trying to catch a foul ball in the dugout during Game 3.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy assured reporters that Peavy passed various physical exams and was able to throw a bullpen session to prepare for his Game 6 start against the Royals, but he will be pitching with a swollen thumb.

Peavy has a 7.05 ERA in eight postseason starts, including allowing four runs in five innings against Kansas City in Game 2.

There will be a moment of silence for Oscar Taveras and Edilia Arvelo before Game 6

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