A few notes from today's Red Sox workoutTuesday February 5th, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The workouts at Fenway South are done for the day. Here are a few notes:
OF Alex Hassan was back in Boston today to get his left foot checked out. He fouled a ball off his foot last month and has what manager John Farrell called a "stress reaction." Hassan is in a walking boot and may be a few weeks away from getting started.
Hassan, a Milton native, is on the 40-man roster. Even before the injury, he was not in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 24-year-old hit .256/.377/.365 for Pawtucket last season.
The Sox will name a bullpen coach later today. Farrell said only that the choice came from within. Given that Chad Epperson has been here working with the catchers, he is a possible choice.
Shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts will not be playing any outfield for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. The Red Sox have requested that he stay on the left side of the infield or DH. "Left side of the infield is here we're perfectly comfortable," Farrell said.
Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar has dropped off the Dutch team, so Bogaerts could get more innings at shortstop than expected. But the Dutch also have Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
Farrell and his coaching staff were here in December to get a good look at the place and draw up a logistical plan for spring training. After spending two seasons managing the Blue Jays and conducting spring training at their hardscrabble Dunedin facility, Farrell is enjoying Fenway South.
"There is no comparison to Dunedin," he said. "It's nice to have two field fields at a minimum."