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Red Sox minor lines: Rainy days down below

It's another short schedule in the minors as weather continues to keep teams off the field.

The rainouts continue in the farm system, even as Greenville makes up for their own weather delays.

Pawtucket W 8-3

Marco Hernandez: 4-5, K
Blake Swihart: 1-5
Sam Travis: 2-4
Rusney Castillo: 1-3, 2B, BB

Pat Light: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Why is Marco Hernandez down in Pawtucket again? It seems likely that the answer has more to do with the Red Sox not having an obvious alternative to option than because he was actually the least important member of the roster. Hernandez filled a hole on the 25-man, but Heath Hembree was pretty much locked into his spot, the Red Sox don't have enough lefties to make them comfortable sending either Robbie Ross Jr. or Tommy Layne away, and Matt Barnes just hadn't been pitching like a guy who should be demoted.

Realistically, Barnes is the easy choice. Hembree has kind of leapfrogged him as the reliable middle-innings arm, after all, and with Carson Smith returning he's just that much more redundant.

Greenville Game 1 W 5-3 (In 7)

Josh Ockimey: 0-3, BB, 3 K
Kyri Washington: 1-4, 3B
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-3, K
Austin Rei: 2-3

Greenville Game 2 L 1-2 (In 7)

Kyri Washington: 0-3, K, SB
Luis Alexander Basabe: 0-1, 2 BB, SB

Man, you can't say something nice about one of these guys without leading them directly into a hat trick. Greenville is much, much better than Portland this year. But Portland's futility at least keeps them from being quite so frustrating.