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Red Sox Reel In Tony LaRussa As VP And Special Assistant, Also Stock Up On New Coaches

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As announced on Thursday morning, the Boston Red Sox hired Tony LaRussa as Vice President and special assistant to general manager Dave Dombrowski.

The Boston Herald was the first source to break the impending news.

According to NESN per the Red Sox, LaRussa will “assist Dombrowski in all areas of baseball operations, including player development and consultation with the major and minor league coaching staffs.”

LaRussa, 73, enjoyed a 33-year managing career from 1979-2011. He followed that up as assistant to Chief MLB Officer Joe Torre for two years, and the Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2014; it was announced almost three weeks ago that LaRussa had stepped down from the position.

“It’s not that I can’t contribute,” LaRussa said. “It’s that they (front office and scouts) don’t need it. These guys are sharp.”

This is a huge acquisition for the Red Sox. LaRussa is a truly brilliant baseball mind, having won three World Series rings as a manager, and four Manager of the Year awards. His track record speaks for itself. His presence along with Dombrowski should do great things as far as trades, free agent signings, and draft picks go.

But wait- the Red Sox weren’t done there!

Also on Thursday, Boston announced three additional hirings: Ron Roenicke as the bench coach, Tom Goodwin as the first base coach/outfielder instructor, and Carlos Febles as the third base coach/infielder instructor; all three are former Major League players with solid coaching and/or managing experience.

Boston continued their busy week by announcing Sunday the hiring of Tim Hyers as hitting coach, and Andy Barkett as assistant hitting coach.

The Red Sox are going hard right now. A new manager, a new VP, and two new hitting coaches. Also- the first and third base coaches have roles on top of that. The World Series ended about five days ago, and Boston’s wasting no time. With these personnel voids filled, now they can focus entirely on how they can improve their team that performs.

It should be an extremely busy next three months for the Red Sox, no question. We’ll see how that goes.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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