Lowell, Hermida, lineups, etc.
Quiet morning in Sarasota, where the Red Sox were preparing to play their final road game (excluding Saturday’s exhibition at Washington) of the spring.
One thing has become increasingly clear is that Mike Lowell is more likely to start the season as a Red Sox backup instead of getting traded. Lowell is making the start today at third base. Manager Terry Francona credited the way he is handling his situation.
“I can only tell you how he’s been around me. he’s been professional, like he always is,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “I think the challenges start more when the season starts. again, you look up at the schedule here and you know when you’re playing or when you’re supposed to play. You’re trying to get ready. Quite honestly, I’m sure there will be some challenges presented. That’s part of it.”
Jeremy Hermida (tight right hamstring) is making progress and could play Friday at home against the Nats.
Does manager Terry Francona have his lineup combination in place for the start of the season? He seems to just about there, but is leaving some wiggle room in case he has a change of heart. For now, it is looking like Ellsbury-Pedroia-Martinez-Youkilis-Ortiz-Drew-Beltre-Cameron-Scutaro. Francona’s only hesitation with that combination is the way the lefties and righties are stacked up in the last five spots, But he also seems to think it’s his best combination right now.