Signs of Spring
Twenty-four hours and counting until the official reporting date, but almost every Red Sox pitcher is already here for a morning workout. I’m sorry to rub it in, but the weather could not be any nicer than it is. Beautiful sun, great temperature, laid-back atmosphere.
Josh Beckett is clearly healthy at the outset of camp, as he went through a bullpen session today, looking impressive enough for Takashi Saito to utter a “wow” when he watched a couple of Beckett fastballs.
Jon Lester was next to throw a side. Then it was Brad Penny’s turn. The fact that Penny is throwing a bullpen before camp even starts is, at the very least, an encouraging sign that his shoulder is recovered from his problems of a year ago.
Tim Wakefield, the venerable vet, began his 15th season in Boston by arriving at camp today. Most of the pitchers projected to make the team have been on the grounds the last couple of days. I’ve yet to see Papelbon or Justin Masterson.
Position players Kevin Youkilis and Rocco Baldelli were again on the field working out.
Jason Varitek hasn’t arrived just yet, but he will make his first public comments since signing his new deal before the week is out.