Assuming his pregame workout Saturday proceeds without a hitch, Mookie Betts will join Double-A Portland in Akron on Sunday. Game time is 2 p.m. Mookie fanatics, it's about a 10-hour drive from Boston to Akron, so leave it at 4 a.m., you should be there for first pitch. The plan is for Betts to rejoin the Sox for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami; the necessary paperwork for Betts to be cleared by MLB's medical director Gary Green is expected to be filed later Saturday.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, whose left thumb is sore after being jammed a couple of times this week, was iffy to play Saturday but was in the starting lineup. “Hopefully he won't get jammed again,'' manager John Farrell said. Sandoval had an infield hit off Tigers rookie left-hander Daniel Norris Friday, which makes him 12 for his last 35 (.343) vs. lefties. Sandoval was 2-for-41 (.049) against lefties before he abandoned switch-hitting and batted exclusively left-handed.
Infielder Deven Marrero was recalled for the second time this season, this time to take Mike Napoli's spot on the roster. Marrero gives Farrell more middle infield options in case he needs Brock Holt to play third.
Outfielder Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch Saturday with what the club said was a sore left foot. Ramirez said he has fouled a ball off the same spot at least four times, including in Friday night's game. Alejandro De Aza played left field in his place. Ramirez's two hits Friday night gave him 1,500 for his career. Ramirez hit his ninth double of the season Friday night, driving in two runs, but has not homered since July 11, when he took Ivan Nova of the Yankees deep. He has gone 77 at-bats since his last home run.
The longest current homerless streak on the Red Sox belongs to Xander Bogaerts, who has not hit a home run since June 15 off Dana Eveland of the Braves, a span of 176 at-bats. Bogaerts has 23 doubles, second on the club to Betts, and several scouts who have seen plenty of Bogaerts predict the power will come as he gains more experience.
With his right wrist still sore after being struck by a line drive, Koji Uehara is out of Saturday's game and unlikely to receive a summons Sunday, Farrell said. Junichi Tazawa is an option to close; Farrell also mentioned Jean Machi.
Since his recall July 27, Rusney Castillo has posted a .389/.421/.528/.949 slash line in 11 games (8 starts). He had three hits and scored three times Friday.