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Red Sox minor lines: Anderson Espinoza struggles, Carson Smith finishes rehab assignment

Carson Smith is headed to Chicago with the Red Sox as he gets ready for his debut with his new team.

Pawtucket L 0-5

Deven Marrero: 0-3, BB, K
Rusney Castillo: 0-4, 3 K
Blake Swihart: 1-4, K
Sam Travis: 2-4, 2B, K

Roenis Elias: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, E
Roman Mendez: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

Pawtucket L 4-5 (In 10) (5/1)

Deven Marrero: 1-5, K
Blake Swihart: 1-5, 2B
Sam Travis: 0-4, BB, K
Rusney Castillo: 2-5, 2B, K

Nobody is really putting together much of a run at the plate or on the mound in Pawtucket excepting the guys who have been hanging out in Boston of late and Ryan LaMarre who, as a right-handed outfield bat, has very little chance to join them. It's not great news given that the Red Sox' Triple-A depth was one of their strong points coming into the season, but so long as the big league team is 15-10...that might not be that big of an issue.

Portland W 6-3

Justin Haley: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Carson Smith: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Williams Jerez: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Portland W 7-6 (In 10) (5/1)

Wendell Rijo: 4-6, 2B, BB

Kevin McAvoy: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Carson Smith is done with his rehab stint, and set to rejoin the Red Sox for their series in Chicago. It's almost a shame that the Red Sox...aren't really in desperate need of him. They had to use Junichi Tazawa in a blowout yesterday because they just couldn't find any time to play him in the last week. But if the emergence of Heath Hembree combined with the rotation settling down has the bullpen in a good place, the next crisis is just one disaster start away, and having one of last year's best relievers in the mix can only help.

And hey, Wendell Rijo finally had a good game, so I don't look quite so silly for bothering!

Salem W 4-3

Yoan Moncada: 0-5, K
Andrew Benintendi: 1-4, BB, SB
Nick Longhi: 2-4, 2B
Rafael Devers: 1-4, SB

Travis Lakins: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

After giving up three runs in his first outing of the year, Lakins is 3-0 with just three more runs allowed in 21+ innings of work, striking out 24 while allowing just 7 walks. A good start to his professional career.

Greenville L 7-10

Josh Ockimey: 1-4, 2B, BB
Kyri Washington: 2-5, HR, CS
Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, 2B, 3 K

Anderson Espinoza: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

It will not, it appears, always be all sunshine and rainbows for Anderson Espinoza in Greenville. In fact, this is his second straight game lasting fewer than four innings with 4 strikeouts and 3 walks, and he now has a 4.50 ERA on the year. Get back on top of it, Anderson.