The Boston Red Sox got an interesting bit of news while the team is busy getting in shape in camp. No, it wasn't about any of the players in camp, but instead it was, weirdly, about a player that they lost in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason.
Noah Song was Boston's fourth round pick back in 2019 out of the US Naval Academy, but because of his active military service, he hasn't pitched professionally since then. Boston opted not to protect him in the Rule 5 and the Phillies snatched him up. Now he is no longer on active duty and is reporting to the Phillies which, in a weird way, almost makes it MORE likely that he could end up back with Boston.
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While there are certainly some real strengths to this Red Sox roster, it also feels like one that has a very fine line to walk in 2023. With guys already hurt and others that have a history of injury issues, it sure doesn't seem like much more would have to go wrong for things to go really sideways.
Finally, we had an interview with Red Sox prospect Enmanuel Valdez about his journey in the minor leagues. Valdez came over to the Red Sox from the Astros in the Christian Vasquez trade and as it turns out, his entire family were Red Sox fans growing up.
Over in the grossness that is the Yankees organization, they got some injury news as both right-hander Frankie Montas and catcher Ben Rortvedt had to undergo surgery yesterday. We already knew that Montas was going to have to have arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, but apparently Rortvedt had to have a recently discovered aneurysm in his shoulder dealt with surgically as well.
It looks like Albert Pujols is going to be sticking around the game of baseball for at least a little while longer as the future Hall of Famer is coming back to the Angels as a special assistant. Pujols clearly has connections with the Angels from his time there, but it is still a little weird that he didn't take that sort of role with the Cardinals (although we don't actually know if the St. Louis front office even offered such a thing).