Red Sox prospect made a nice diving grab in center field to begin Friday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. Starter Rick Porcello had gotten ahead of outfielder Ramon Flores 0-1 before Flores laced a line drive to shallow left-center. Betts ranged over and made a diving snag for the first out of the game.
[mlbvideo id=”45774183″ width=”600″ height=”336″ /]
Betts, 22, entered the game batting .400 in 15 spring at-bats. He’s expected to serve as the starting center fielder for the Red Sox during the regular season. Rusney Castillo is still sidelined with a strained oblique and may not begin the season in the majors.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.