Tito talks team

On the official day that pitchers and catchers reported, there was a scarce group at the park today. Nearly every key pitcher and catcher had already been at the complex this week, so there was no presence was required today. Many of the players spent part of the weekend in Miami at Mike Lowell’s retirement party, which is why there was such a small contingent today.

Bobby Jenks, Jonathan Papelbon, Clay Buchholz, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Hideki Okaima were among those who did workout.

And Terry Francona had his first media session of camp. Here are some bullet points from Tito’s session.

Is J.D. Drew’s hamstring going to be an issue this spring?
” We’re going to try not to let it be,” Francona said. “It’s something that he has voiced some concern about. He went to Dr. Andrews, he came up to Boston. I don’t think he’s real concerned about it, but it’s been there. I don’t think we want it to be a concern, so we’ll certainly monitor it.”

Will Beckett and Lackey bounce back?
“If I wasn’t [expecting that], I would be a horrible manager,” Francona said. “What a thing to do, to sit here and go, ‘Nah, I don’t think our guys can do well.’ Lack looks like he really worked. He’s thin, even in his face. Beckett looks strong. I was really pleased. Regardless of who you are, there’s a lot of pride that comes in with this. Both guys obviously went home and kind of got after it. Hopefully it’ll pay dividends with their ERA or their won-loss record. But they obviously both worked really hard.”

What will the plan be for Tim Wakefield this spring?
“For Wake, we’ll stretch him out just because that will serve him best, build his innings and arm strength, then if need be, that availability is there.”


Here’s how I look at JD Drew’s situation: If he has a nagging hamstring issue, back spasms, toe jam, busted eyelash, enflamed hangnail, dangling participle and on and on we can go…….Kalish, MacDonald and Cameron will be eager to step in and get some playing time. With this line-up, JD Drew’s absence will not be as critical as in years past. I can’t wait for this team to take the field and the AL East. Go Sox!!!!!!!

I am sooo happy that the guys are in camp early and that they seem eager to open up the season. When I hear “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Welcome to Fenway Park” I will once again become a child. I can’t wait to see the first pitch and hear the crack of the bat as the ball hits it. Every year it’s like Christmas as I wait for the 1st game, but much more so this year.
Come on.. Let’sGoRedSoxLet’sGo!!!!

I agree, Craig, about JD. Whether he is in the lineup or not, we should not be in bad shape. Hey, if he does have any injury or missed time, Cameron or Kalish & Company can get some more experience. I’m excited about what the youngsters can do.
I see that Robert Coello got traded to the Cubs. I don’t know what we’ll do with the 2B we got in return, but I thought Coello was a disappointment every time he came in relief. I hope he does better for the Cubs than he did with us.

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