Red Sox spring training reportWednesday February 13th, 2013
A daily recap from camp as the Sox prepare for their first exhibition game Feb. 21.
■ TUESDAY’S WEATHER: 82 and sunny.
■ MEDICAL REPORT: RHP Clay Buchholz grabbed his right hamstring covering first base in a drill and left the field. He is day to day with what is being called a minor strain. LHPs Craig Breslow and Felix Doubront were held back from throwing to rest sore shoulders. OF Alex Hassan (left foot fracture) is not ready to work out on the field.
■ FUNDAMENTALLY SPEAKING: The pitchers who threw in the bullpen also had a seminar on controlling the running game with Triple A pitching coach Rich Sauveur. The other group went through three drills: comebackers, covering first, and fielding bunts. Third base coach Brian Butterfield, who ran the bunt drill, had the pitchers working hard.
■ THUMBS UP: Daniel Bard looked solid in the bullpen. He is throwing all of his pitches, a bit unusual for this early in camp. When he missed the strike zone, it was low. “It feels right coming out of my hands, which is good for this time of the year,” he said. “It has felt right all along this year.” . . . Ryan Dempster takes the fielding drills very seriously, making crisp throws and working at a quick tempo. Veteran pitchers come to learn that fielding their position well often leads to an extra win or two every season.
■ THUMBS DOWN: Rubby De La Rosa fumbled the ball a few times doing the comebacker drill. He may have a great arm but he’s not very graceful on the field.
■ AROUND THE BASES: Daniel Nava took grounders at first base for the second consecutive day. The outfielder is hoping that more versatility will lead to a spot on the roster. He last played first base for 15 games in junior college in 2005. Ryan Sweeney, who could be competing for a job with Nava, watched from the bench and wondered aloud if he should be trying the infield, too . . . Jose Iglesias said he gained 8 pounds during the offseason. The Red Sox encouraged him to get stronger, believing that will help him at the plate . . . There was a fairly small crowd of fans for the first workout. Rarely were more than 30 fans behind the backstop at any field.
■ SCHEDULE: The team will be back on the field at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.