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  • Red Sox's Rob Refsnyder: Collects two RBIs in win

    Refsynder went 1-for-2 with two RBIs in Boston's 7-6 Grapefruit League win over Philadelphia on Monday.

    Refsynder smashed an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and hit a ground ball that resulted in another run for Boston later in the contest. It's a small sample size, but over three spring training games, the 32-year-old has maintained an impressive .900 on-base percentage. Given his career .324 slugging percentage, it's safe to say Refsnyder's value will be reliant on his positional versatility in the outfield. Expect the veteran to compete for a fourth or fifth outfielder spot throughout spring training.

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  • Red Sox's Jason Alexander: Inks deal with Boston

    Alexander signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Feb. 20.

    Alexander made 18 appearances (11 starts) for the Brewers in 2022 and had a 5.40 ERA and 46:28 K:BB over 71.2 innings. He spent last season at the Triple-A level and had a 5.86 ERA in 16 outings, and he'll serve as organizational pitching depth for the Red Sox.

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  • Red Sox's Triston Casas: Will return to camp Wednesday

    Casas (illness) will return to Red Sox camp Wednesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Casas has been away for a few days while battling the flu, although he was still taking some swings on his own. It will be a few days before the young first baseman is cleared to return to Grapefruit League contests, but he's on the mend.

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  • Red Sox's Garrett Whitlock: Will be built up initially

    Whitlock is expected to build up to five-plus innings even if he's not a projected member of the starting rotation, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

    Boston is being put to work immediately out of the gate with 23 games in 25 days across five cities. As such, a sixth starter could be needed during the first month of the season. Both Whitlock and Tanner Houck will be prepped for five-plus innings.

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  • Red Sox's Tanner Houck: Two perfect innings Monday

    Houck threw two scoreless innings in Monday's Grapefruit League start against the Phillies.

    Houck induced three groundouts, two infield pop flies and one line-drive out over two perfect innings. The performance was a good first step toward securing the final spot in the rotation. "We played good defense behind him," Boston manager Alex Cora told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe following the game. "That's what it's going to take with him. He can pound that sinker down to righties and we have to make plays." Houck is healthier than he was last spring, when he came off back surgery. He's in the mix for the last rotation spot along with Garrett Whitlock, and to a lesser extent, Josh Winckowski. In reality, Boston may need more than five starters early in a schedule that has them playing 23 of 25 days in five cities. The Red Sox are not expected to deploy a six-man rotation, but an extra starter could be needed during April depending on how hard the rotation works. Both Houck and Whitlock will be built up to five-plus innings, so they'll be available in any role.

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  • Red Sox's Liam Hendriks: Throwing from 60 feet

    Hendriks (elbow) was spotted Monday playing catch from about 60 feet, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Hendriks is in the early stages of his throwing program after undergoing Tommy John surgery Aug. 2. The veteran reliever has stated that he hopes to be ready to make his Red Sox debut by late July, though the final month of the season may represent a more realistic target for Hendriks, assuming he navigates his throwing program without issue. Hendriks signed a two-year deal with Boston last week, with the organization bringing him aboard with the aim of having him being a more impactful contributor out of the bullpen in 2025.

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  • Red Sox's Jarren Duran: Set to rejoin lineup Friday

    Duran (toe) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday versus the Twins, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Once fully healthy, Duran is projected to handle a regular role in the Boston outfield, but Abraham suspects that the 27-year-old will be deployed as a designated hitter Friday for what will be his Grapefruit League debut. Duran has been eased along during spring training after he underwent surgery in August to repair the flexor tendon in his left big toe, but barring any setbacks in his recovery, he should be fully ramped up by the time Opening Day arrives.

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  • Red Sox's Justin Slaten: Adds velo to bullpen

    Slaten's fastball topped out at 97 miles per hour during a scoreless relief inning during Saturday's 4-3 exhibition loss to the Orioles, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

    Slaten's upper-90s velocity made an impression during throwing sessions, and the pitcher carried it over into his Grapefruit League debut. Boston made it an offseason priority to add velocity to a bullpen filled with cutters and sliders, and manager Alex Cora took notice of Slaten following Saturday's game. Slaten was a Rule 5 selection during the offseason and must remain on the major-league roster all season in order to remain part of the Red Sox franchise. The possibility of the 26-year-old right-hander sticking around was bolstered over the weekend when the Red Sox announced Bryan Mata (hamstring) would be sidelined for an undetermined length of time. Both pitchers have been linked this spring due to neither having minor-league options.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Delivers as DH

    Wong (elbow) went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI as the designated hitter in Sunday's spring game against Atlanta.

    Wong is being held back from catching chores for a few games, but the injury doesn't prevent him from swinging a bat. He did play catch Sunday and is expected to throw to bases by midweek. Once the arm strength is built up, Wong will resume duties behind the plate.

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  • Red Sox's Lucas Giolito: Breaks out new slider

    Giolito walked one and struck out one over two no-hit, scoreless innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins.

    Giolito made his spring debut and broke out a new grip on a slider he's been working on since the start of camp, per Ian Browne of MLB.com. The right-hander, who threw 27 pitches (16 strikes) in Sunday's outing, said he still plans to use the changeup as a go-to off-speed offering. An up-and-coming starter with the White Sox between 2019 and 2021, Giolito had a difficult 2023, when he pitched for three teams and allowed 41 home runs.

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  • Red Sox's Garrett Whitlock: Makes spring debut

    Whitlock allowed one run on one hit while striking out two over two innings in Saturday's spring start against Baltimore.

    Whitlock allowed some loud contact during his opening frame, including an Adley Rutschman home run on a 3-1 changeup. Red Sox manager Alex Cora was largely pleased with the outing. "He fell into some deep counts," Cora told Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe. "Conditions were conducive to fly balls going out of the ballpark. But overall it was a good outing. The quality of pitches was good. So now we move on to the next one." Whitlock is in the mix for a spot in the rotation, but the right-hander said he's not as consumed with being a starter as he was the past two seasons, which have featured injuries and inconsistency. "I kind of took a page from Adam Warren (a former teammate), where he told me, once you adapt that mind-set of being a Swiss Army knife, where you can be thrown into anything and excel, it frees everything else up," Whitlock said. He's in the mix for one of two spots in the rotation along with Kutter Crawford, Tanner Houck and Josh Winckowski.

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  • Red Sox's Bryan Mata: Sidelined with hamstring injury

    Mata is set to miss time after pulling his right hamstring Sunday, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Mata is set to compete for a bullpen spot for Opening Day, but he will have to wait for his opportunities in spring training while recovering from his hamstring injury. He appeared in nine games -- starting in seven -- for Triple-A Worcester in 2023 and posted an 0-3 record with a 6.33 ERA, 2.19 WHIP and 28:30 K:BB through 27 innings.

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  • Red Sox's Triston Casas: Dealing with illness

    Casas is dealing with the flu Sunday and will be away from Boston's facilities for a few days, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Casas will sit out for a few spring training games while recovering from the flu. The left-handed batter showed improvement in his second year of the majors and finished the 2023 season slashing .263/.367/.490 with 24 home runs, 65 RBI and 70 walks in 502 plate appearances.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Ready to hit

    Wong (elbow) is batting eighth as the designated hitter for Sunday's spring game against Atlanta.

    The 27-year-old catcher is a bit behind schedule with his throwing program early in camp due to elbow soreness, but the injury won't prevent him from receiving his game reps at the plate. Wong's ability to hit through the injury is encouraging, though he shouldn't be considered fully healthy until cleared to work behind the plate.

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  • Red Sox's Connor Wong: Dealing with sore elbow

    Manager Alex Cora said Friday that Wong will be brought along slowly early in camp due to elbow soreness, Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald reports.

    Wong's availability for the start of the regular season isn't likely to be affected by the injury, but he'll be eased into spring training. The 27-year-old had a .673 OPS in 126 contests last season and is expected to open 2024 as Boston's primary backstop.

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  • Red Sox's Vaughn Grissom: Nursing hamstring injury

    Grissom is dealing with a hamstring issue, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    It's not clear when Grissom suffered the injury, but the team considers it to be mild and doesn't expect it to affect the infielder's availability for Opening Day. The expectation is that Grissom will be ready to play in Grapefruit League games around March 1. He is projected to be Boston's everyday second baseman in 2024.

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  • Red Sox's Jarren Duran: Delayed start to Grapefruit League

    Duran (toe) will not play in Grapefruit League games until March 1, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Boston considers Duran fully recovered from last August's surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his left big toe, but the team will nonetheless ease the outfielder back into game action. Duran is expected to be ready to roll by Opening Day and is slated to serve as the Red Sox' leadoff hitter. His absence from the lineup will give Ceddanne Rafaela more opportunities to establish himself in center field.

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  • Red Sox's Wilyer Abreu: Early favorite for right field job

    Abreu opens spring training as the leading candidate to start in right field, Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe reports. "His arm and the way he moves. He's a good defender," manager Alex Cora said. "That's why we're so confident. He's a good athlete. He likes to show off his arm."

    Abreu made his MLB debut in 2023 and posted an .862 OPS over 85 plate appearances. Boston's coaches rave about his arm strength, which is important when playing right field at Fenway Park, especially after last season's limitations to shifting prevented infielders from lining up in short right. The 5-foot-10 Abreu hit for power in the minors with 22 home runs and a .264 ISO at Triple-A Worcester last year.

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  • Red Sox's Josh Winckowski: Working as starter

    Winckowski will compete for a rotation spot this spring, Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe reports.

    Winckowski had a strong season as a reliever in 2023, but the Red Sox feel his stuff can hold up over longer outings. The right-hander is in the mix for Boston's final rotation spot along with Garrett Whitlock and Tanner Houck. Winckowski came up through the system as a starter, so pitching multiple innings is familiar.

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Injuries

Player Injury
T. Casas 1B Triston Casas 1B Illness
K. Jansen RP Kenley Jansen RP Lat
J. Duran CF Jarren Duran CF Toe
V. Grissom SS Vaughn Grissom SS Hamstring
L. Hendriks RP Liam Hendriks RP Elbow

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