John Schreiber turned into a stop reliever in high leverage situations

Schreiber, who threw a scoreless seventh in the Red Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night, began to dive into the dugout with the most enthusiastic succession of high-fives since Koji Uehara burst onto the scene in 2013. His technique?

“Unconscious and firm,” he said.

John Schreiber is a guy full of energy.Nick Cammett/Getty

At one point, his post-inning celebrations turned out to be almost detrimental.

“I made the mistake once of slapping his right hand. I thought I broke my hand,” Whitlock said. “I was just like, ‘Okay, I’m slapping his hand left-handed from now on.'”

Schreiber laughed at the characterizations and acknowledged that his competitive demeanor was very different than it was in the hours leading up to games.

“As a reliever, you just have to be able to flip a switch and almost become a different person. I feel like that’s what I do,” Schreiber said. “Anytime I can pull off a big shot or get out of a big situation, I get really excited. The adrenaline takes over.”

For the Red Sox, this transformation has occurred with considerable effect.

Once again ?

The Red Sox opted for the right-hander Connor Seabold return to Triple A Worcester, a day after allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Jays. But the right-hander made a favorable impression by recording seven strikeouts and having 21 swings and misses, most of those coming on his 90s fastball and a vicious change that Seabold said he used heavily out of necessity on a day when his cursor was flat.

“I received a text message from David Price at 1 a.m. yesterday. He was like, ‘This kid is good.’ I was like, ‘Oh, thanks for watching,'” the manager relayed Alex Cora. “There were a lot of positives from [Monday]. We want to make sure he understands that.

According to Alex Cora, former Boston pitcher David Price likes the look of young Connor Seabold.Jon Blacker/Associated Press

The Sox could do it in the most meaningful way possible this weekend. The team will need a fifth starter Sunday against the Cubs after rich hill at the mound on Friday and Josh Winckowski Saturday. (The team wants to give Michael Wachastarting Tuesday night in Toronto, an extra day of rest before starting July 4 against the Rays at Fenway.) Seabold remains with the team in his taxi team, and Cora said he is a strong possibility for the Sunday departure.

According to team sources, WooSox right-handed Brayan Bello is not considered for Sunday’s game.

Paxton gets angry

left handed James Paxton becomes anxious in his rehab from Tommy John’s surgery.

“I haven’t really felt like a baseball player in a while,” he said.

Paxton, who underwent the procedure in April 2021 and was approaching live batting practices in May before experiencing elbow pain that slowed his progress, got up to 30 bullpen sessions. He’s only thrown fastballs, but could add changes as early as Wednesday, with his breaking ball on the horizon. He hopes the week before or the week after the All-Star Break, he’ll be ready to kick off live batting practices and start getting feedback from hitters.

Barring a setback, that schedule could put him in line for a rehab assignment in July and a potential major league return in mid-August. Paxton spoke with Chris Sale – who returned from his Tommy John surgery in 2020 last August and contributed over time – on whether to return at this stage of the season and impact the team’s playoff hopes playoffs.

“He just talked about the mental and physical difficulty, but once you come back, how good you feel,” Paxton said. “I can’t wait to feel that and be 100 per cent.”

whitlock returns

Right-hander Whitlock (hip), who is scheduled to kick off a bullpen session and go through field drills Friday in Chicago, will likely need a rehab assignment before he can return to the rotation, Cora said… Righthander Nate Eovaldi is likely to kick off a bullpen session on Wednesday, which would mark the first time he has worked on a mound since going on the injured list with lower back pain on June 10… Josh Taylor is slated to pitch in back-to-back games for Double A Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday, a key test as he closes in on a potential activation… The Red Sox added the right-hander Silvino Bracho to the list. Bracho, 29, had a 3.16 ERA and a 36-to-4 strikeout ratio at Worcester as a multi-inning reliever. “I’m super excited,” said Bracho, who made 92 career major league appearances with the Diamondbacks over five seasons. Bracho said he’s worked to increase his slider’s break this year to great effect. “I have seen many [of progress]. I created more swing-and-miss on it, and that’s why there’s more swing-and-miss,” Bracho said… Monday, Raphael Devers hit a helicopter that bounced off second base and kicked shallow left center for a double. When he came in second, Devers appeared to give the bag an affectionate pat. Was that the case? “Yes!” he said on Tuesday afternoon. “It kicked me!” … Red Sox expect to use all of their left-handed hitters Wednesday against Jays starter Alek Manoahincluding hard-hitting infielder Yolmer Sanchez. Sánchez, who was added to the roster in Toronto with the outfielder Jarren Duran on the shortlist, hit .244/.391/.410 against right-handers with Worcester.


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