March 15 Notes: Pivetta’s Start; Outfielder in Hospital; Jeter Downs Injury Update

Pivetta Continues to Make an Impression

Nick Pivetta was on the bump for the beginning of the Red Sox’s exhibition game versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon and he went four innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Pivetta came over in the Brandon Workman trade to the Phillies last year and is competing for the fifth rotation spot with Tanner Houck, who made his debut last season.

OFer Santana Hospitalized

Red Sox manager Alex Cora told reporters that newly signed outfielder Danny Santana is currently in the hospital with a foot infection. Santana was signed on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training in Early March.

“It got bad two days ago,” Cora said, referring to the infection. “And hopefully, they’re going to do something today with him…It’s going to take a while now for him to get going. He’s been in the hospital for the last two days with the IV and antibiotics. So let’s hope that this is controllable and he’s going to be back with us sooner rather than later.”

Santana was previously with the Texas Rangers and he hit .283 with 28 home runs in 2019–the last full Major League Baseball season.

Downs Injury Update

Jeter Downs injured his side when diving for a ball yesterday up the middle at shortstop but Cora said he should come out of it fine. “He feels like he should be OK in the upcoming days. Nothing serious. But we’ll let the medical department decide that. Hopefully, everything is good….We’ll stay away from him tomorrow,” Cora told reporters.

Downs came over to the Red Sox organization when Mookie Betts was dealt to the eventual World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. He is expected to play a key role in Boston’s future success but isn’t quite ready for the big leagues yet.

(Photo: Kathy Willens – AP Photo)

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