Red Sox Notes: Albers, Reyes, Westmoreland

Some Red Sox links for Thursday, as Clay Buchholz looks to continue his dominant spring against the Marlins…

  • Matt Albers told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that he hasn't talked to any Japanese teams and doesn't know why a report yesterday had him going to Japan. “Don’t know where that came from,” Albers said.
  • Dennys Reyes agreed to extend the opt-out date in his contract by one day from Saturday to Sunday, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. The left-hander is battling for a spot in Boston's bullpen.
  • As Speier explains in a piece for Baseball America, Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent brain surgery last March, is continuing his attempt to return to the majors. The former top prospect has made impressive strides in his recovery, though his vision hasn't returned completely and he's still working on some fine motor skills. Best of luck to Westmoreland as he recovers.


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74 Comments on "Red Sox Notes: Albers, Reyes, Westmoreland"


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krosnest0713
4 years 3 months ago

This is awesome to see Clay keep turning into this awesome pitcher.
It has looked like he hasnt gotten out of this sweet groove since the start of last season!
I say Reyes is gonna make the team with Okajima heading to the minors.

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redsox4120
4 years 3 months ago

I’d say Hill and Reyes have the best shot to win the lefty pen role.

Hill: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s
Reyes: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 8 K’s

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4 years 3 months ago

they’re not going to make their decision off of spring training stats

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redsox4120
4 years 3 months ago

Their decision won’t all be based on Spring Training, sure. But it’s encouraging and will have some say, I think.

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krosnest0713
4 years 3 months ago

Id pick Reyes over Hill just because Reyes could opt out versus putting Hill and Okajima in the minors to start the season

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BoSoXaddict
4 years 3 months ago

^ this.

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4 years 3 months ago

Did Westmoreland ever play in the majors? Otherwise he can’t return.

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wickedkevin
4 years 3 months ago

Vanilla Ice begs to differ.

Yo MLB let’s kick it

Wes Wes baby (x2)
All right stop collaborate and listen
Wes is back with my brand new invention
Something grabs a hold of me tightly
Flow like a bat daily and nightly

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ugotrpk3113
4 years 3 months ago

… What the?

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0bsessions
4 years 3 months ago

Ice Ice Baby was Vanilla Ice’s only real hit, so the idea fo “Ice is back” falls under the same lines.

Ten points for ridiculously obscure joke.

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ugotrpk3113
4 years 3 months ago

No yeah, I got it. It was just awful :)

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wickedkevin
4 years 3 months ago

you’re awful!

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ugotrpk3113
4 years 3 months ago

Just playing haha

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 3 months ago

You mean….you guys didn’t like….”Play That Funky Music”? I mean neither did I or anything…I just ummmm…….I had a gf who liked him…and umm…never mind.

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East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

This is so stupid… yet I can’t stop laughing! You win?

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

story of my life

WINNING

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wickedkevin
4 years 3 months ago

I have tiger blood.

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4 years 3 months ago

The kid is still only 20, why can’t he make a comeback? Before last year he was ranked #20 by BA as a 19 year old. He had very good potential and if he can reclaim any of it he has a chance at a comeback. All to him.

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4 years 3 months ago

he’s saying you can’t come back to a place you never were, the majors

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wickedkevin
4 years 3 months ago

He’s stating that the article uses the word “majors,” while Westmoreland never left the minors. Thus, he can’t make a comeback to a place he never really was.

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umair56
4 years 3 months ago

Best of luck to Westmoreland. Hes so young that even if it takes him three years to return to baseball form, hes still a 23 year old prospect.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 3 months ago

I have an obvious dislike for the Red SOx organization but that doesn’t always extend to their players and certainly not towards any of their personal health issues or anything away from the field. I wish Westmoreland the best on his recovery and hope that he makes it to the majors. Maybe I’ll just root against him with RISP situations vs the Yanks? But otherwise, I hope he has a good mlb career.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

surprised you didn’t include showalter’s smack talk in this post. don’t you want the people to laugh and be merry?

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Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

That smack talk was a load of crap…

He mocks the red sox and yankees for being big money teams, and asks what would happen if Theo had Tampa’s budget..then he says thats why he loves beating those teams.. umm ok

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 3 months ago

You left out the part how he managed the yanks… Gee, I wonder how much better he’d do with a large payroll. I guess he’d still lose.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

that’s ridiculous. the teams he managed had tremendous success. right after they fired him

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 3 months ago

Kinda makes me wonder how the Orioles will do… after they fire Showalter.

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4 years 3 months ago

Yeah what are you supposed to do when you have 180 million dollars? Just let it sit?

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 3 months ago

Yeah I read that this morning too. Obviously, it was a ploy to try and motivate his team but what a weak attempt it was.

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0bsessions
4 years 3 months ago

Showalter’s an illicit video involving an appendage away from a deep playoff run.

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Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

at the same time, does it not burn a fire under the sox and yanks?

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

if by fire you mean a lit fart

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Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

well if someone is holding a lighter to it, fire and fart become one.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

synergy, showalter style

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hawkny1
4 years 3 months ago

It is not unreasonable to expect that the lefty/righty combination of Lester and Buchholz win 40-44 games with a combined ERA under 3.00 in 2011. They have the talent and sufficient know how to do it. Okijima may be done as a Red Sox pitcher, forever, in the next week to 10 days… As for Westmoreland, he is a strong kid with lots of potential. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was invited to the Red Sox spring training camp in 2012, along with Anthony Ranaudo…

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JB3
4 years 3 months ago

I wouldn’t exactly call those pitching expectations reasonable though either. Lester has never posted an ERA or FIP below 3.0, and last season was his first in which he won more than 16 games. Buchholz on the other hand had an FIP of 3.61 last year, and if he wants to win 20 games, he’s going to have to show that he can stay healthy all year long (no 15 day DL trips). He only made 28 starts last year, which is a good number, but it makes it awful hard to win 20 games, never mind the 21-22 that he would need for he and Lester to combine for 40-44 W’s.

As for the 3.00 combined ERA, I just don’t see it. I love those guys, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t see it as a reasonable expectation. That which is not reasonable, by definition, is unreasonable.

I would give you maybe 35+ W’s and a combined 3.30 ERA though.

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andrewyf
4 years 3 months ago

“It is not unreasonable to expect that the lefty/righty combination of Lester and Buchholz win 40-44 games with a combined ERA under 3.00 in 2011.”

God, I hope this is the mindset of RSN. Nothing sweeter than Sox fans’ confused tears.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 3 months ago

2 words about your pitching staff: Bartolo Colon.

Now I’m going to silently sit here listening to the laughter by the rest of the league… including Pirates fans.

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andrewyf
4 years 3 months ago

Daisuke Matsuzaka.

This is fun.

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rickjimbo
4 years 3 months ago

It’ll certainly be interesting to see who is first to hit the DL before May 15th, Daisuke or Bartolo

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ellisburks
4 years 3 months ago

It will be Dice-K not Bartolo because as Bruce Coslet ex-New York Jets coach once said, “You can’t pull fat.”

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rickjimbo
4 years 3 months ago

unless if it’s during interleague play at the plate, I only know this
because that is what doomed Bartolo’s stint in Boston

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ellisburks
4 years 1 month ago

An update, Dice-K is on the DL but got on May 16th. So there goes that theory of yours! :p 

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 3 months ago

Still prefer him as a #5 pitcher over Slowy McSlowpoke.

You’re right, this is fun.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 3 months ago

Good response. A guy makes a comment about how good or great Lester/Buchholz might be in 2011 and you point to the elephant in the room (yes “oohhh we” a Bartolo fat joke). Did he ever say Bartolo was better than anyone in the Sox starting 5 or say that the Yanks had a better rotation? C’mon….et tu’ Purp? You’re better than that’ bro.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 3 months ago

No, he made a comment about Red Sox fans in general and I responded in kind. I feel the open door was a good reason for me to walk through.

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YanksFanSince78
4 years 3 months ago

“God, I hope this is the mindset of RSN”. OR “Nothing sweeter than Sox fans’ confused tears”.

Ok…which one of those is a disrespectful comment regarding Red Sox fans?

Not that big a deal.

I feel like Bartolo is that fat kid that other kids made fun of at lunch time. (Here Bartolo…you can have my twinkies. Remember my chubby friend….sticks and stones. What? NO YOU CAN’T EAT THE STICKS AND THE STONES!!. Geesh).

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

i’m a red sox fan and i would bomb red sox nation if i knew how

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

brb fbi

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4 years 3 months ago

Wait, what? Do you actually not see how that was a disrespectful comment regarding Red Sox fans?

He’s hoping that the mindset of all Red Sox fans is that of unrealistic expectation so he can enjoy their misery when Lester and Buchholz don’t meet it.

I don’t really have a stake in the actual argument because I’d take the under on pretty much any pair of pitchers getting 40 wins, but I’m confused as to how you’re confused.

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

beer me

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hawkny1
4 years 3 months ago

Hmmmm. The Lester/Buchholz duo went 36-16 in 2010, when Bucky was just coming into his own. It is not unreasonable to expect a 10-15% improvement in their combined records for 2011, unless you are a troll from the Bronx, who finds reality difficult to handle..

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East Coast Bias
4 years 3 months ago

Hard not to root for Westmoreland. Wish him the best in his recovery.