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By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â€“ Some PawSox notes to pass along as the locals close out an eight-game homestand with a matinee against Indianapolis.
-- Tuesdayâ€™s starter was supposed to be Rubby De La Rosa, but those plans were scrapped after the hard-throwing Pawtucket pitcher tweaked a muscle in his side while throwing on flat ground on Monday.
â€śBetter safe than sorry with him,â€ť said manager Gary DiSarcina. â€śItâ€™s nothing to get concerned about. He came in (Tuesday) and said he felt better.â€ť
Taking De La Rosaâ€™s spot is Chris Hernandez, the lefty who started the season in Pawtucketâ€™s starting rotation before getting moved to the bullpen earlier this month. Tuesday will mark Hernandezâ€™s first start since April 21.
-- Another change of note involves Jose Iglesias, who will make his first-ever professional start at third base on Tuesday. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Iglesias has played 313 at shortstop between the majors and minors.
DiSarcina talked about the rationale behind moving Iglesias around the infield prior to Mondayâ€™s game.
â€śIf you donâ€™t have those tools and if someone calls down and says they need a utility player, itâ€™s tough to recommend someone if theyâ€™ve never done it,â€ť DiSarcina acknowledged. â€śJose is a major-league shortstop, but the goal is to give him a tool. Not just for himself, but for the organization to have.â€ť
-- Jackie Bradley Jr. is not in Tuesday's lineup, as DiSarcina noted that it will work to the outfielder's benefit to have a scheduled day off followed by the PawSox having Wednesday off and playing a night game in Indianapolis on Thursday night. (For more about Bradley's playing schedule, click here: http://www.woonsocketcall.com/node/8310).
-- It was announced Monday that Portland will be the only Red Sox affiliate to participate in â€śFutures at Fenwayâ€ť this season. Now in its eighth season, â€śFutures at Fenwayâ€ť has usually featured a doubleheader that includes some combination of Pawtucket, Portland or Single-A Lowell.
This yearâ€™s Futures game takes place Saturday, July 27. Ironically, Pawtucket is playing at McCoy Stadium the same night. The PawSox have participated in five Futures contests.