Wrist Fracture Sidelines Red Sox's Garin Cecchini





BOSTONIn the midst of his best stretch as a pro, 2010 fourth-rounder Garin Cecchini's season came to an untimely halt.

The 20-year-old, who passed up a scholarship to Louisiana State to sign for $1.31 million out of a Lake Charles, La., high school, had shaken off a slow start to enjoy a terrific stretch with short-season Lowell.

After hitting .200 in June, Cecchini hit .342 with 13 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 22 games in July. The outburst pushed his overall batting line to .298/.398/.500 with three homers in 114 at-bats, impressive numbers in the college-dominated New York-Penn League.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound third baseman also stole 12 bases in 14 attempts, demonstrating surprising athleticism for a player who missed 2010 while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

"I don't want to be characterized just as a hitter," Cecchini said. "I want to bring everything to the table."

However, Cecchini's impressive debut came to a sudden end when he suffered a season-ending hairline fracture of his wrist when he was hit by a pitch. The non-displaced fracture should heal in time for him to participate in instructional league this fall.

Though his debut was curtailed, Cecchini showed the ability that led the Red Sox to sign him for first-round money one year earlier. He delivered 16 extra-base hits in 32 games while walking nearly as many times (17) as he struck out (19).

"This guy's a really impressive bat," farm director Mike Hazen said. "(A) lefthanded (batter), he's got a nice inside-out swing, an ability to cover the middle to the outer half of the plate well, and with power. He had the ability to not just hit the ball the other way, but to hit it over the outfielders' heads the other way, which at that age is a huge separator."

Cecchini said he benefited from having gone through early-season struggles that predated his torrid July.

"I'm glad that both things happened to me—struggling a little bit and getting back to trusting your swing and having good at-bats," Cecchini said. "Now I know I can do this."

Sox Yarns

• Shortstop Jose Iglesias returned to the lineup with Triple-A Pawtucket after missing a few weeks with a concussion in early July.

• Chris Martin, a 6-foot-7, 25-year-old righthander signed out of the independent American Association this spring, ran off a streak of 291⁄3 consecutive scoreless innings between low Class A Greenville and high Class A Salem.