Notes From Fenway South: Open House
The Red Sox opened their doors and field to their fans.
Open House Saturday at jetBlue Park featured coaching clinics, bounce houses, face painting, a yard sale of memorabilia, autograph and photo sessions with Boston Red Sox players…oh, and several hours of the spring camp going through normal field activities following a scheduled domestic violence meeting with MLB officials.
Fifteen pitchers threw live batting practice to three groups of hitters on the Fenway South Complex, and position players worked on defensive and team fundamentals prior to the 4th annual jetBlue open house which began at 11am.
Overcast skies gave way to intermittent sun as the fans mingled about enjoying the activities on the field and atop the left field green monster,but the buzz in camp was another snowfall to hit the Boston area later in the weekend. Photo day for the 40 man roster players and non-roster invitees is held on Sunday with a final day on workouts on Monday prior to spring games which begin Tuesday.
Fourteen players with the Red Sox at the end of the 2014 season are now with other clubs and Boston welcomes ten new additions to the 40 man roster.
Former Boston outfielder Alex Hassan, designated for assignment by Baltimore after the Orioles signing of Everth Cabrera earlier in the week was acquired by Oakland, adding to the A’s roster of ex-Red Sox players which includes outfielders Coco Crisp and Josh Reddick, infielder Niuman Romero, catcher Carson Blair and pitcher Raul Alcantara.
Oakland also placed righthanded pitcher A.J. Griffin on the 60 day disabled list. He is still recovering from last April’s Tommy John surgery and joins pitcher Taylor Thompson on the A’s 60 day DL. Thompson is recovering from a right shoulder strain.
Ex-Sox lefthander Rich Hill signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on Friday and will likely be added to the Nats’ list of non-roster invitees.
Elsewhere around baseball, recent signees this week include pitcher Bruce Chen with Cleveland, pitcher Clay Rapada and infielder Ronny Cedeno with the Giants. Texas signed former Braves and Rays infielder Elliot Johnson. The Houston Astros signed catcher Randy Vasquez and the Kansas City Royals also added a new catcher, Anderson De La Rosa.
The Baltimore Orioles announced their full minor league mini-camp roster which includes among others pitchers Bobby Bundy, Parker Bridwell, Frank Gailey, Travis Seabrooke and former number one pick Mychal Givens (in his second season after converting to the mound from shortstop), catchers Jonah Heim and Steel Russell (son of former Phillies catcher John Russell), infielders Trey Mancini and Garabez Rosa and outfielder Glynn Davis. A number of players from the mini-camp will see action in major league spring games. Infielder Buck Britton, a spring regular as an addition to the Orioles travel squads in past years due to his appearances in the minor league early camp finds himself this year as a non-roster invitee to the Los Angeles Dodgers camp.
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