March 19th, 2007
Looks like Mike Timlin has finally made some progress in his on-going battle with left oblique strain, as he has played catch 2 days in a row, most recently on Saturday. Looks like the next step with be long toss, probably Tuesday. Friday was the 1st time he had thrown since March 7.
In an effort to get the pitchers who lost their turn on Friday due to the rainout, a number of them will throw to minor leaguers from the Pittsburgh Pirates organization on Monday, and Manny Delcarmen will throw a bullpen session. While this is not a optimal way to get this work in, with starters going deeper and deeper into games, the opportunities for the relievers to get their work in during “real” game situations, are getting more scarce.
The Forgotten Pitcher Update: C’mon, admit it–you forget all about Matt Clement, until someone mentions him–I know I do….But maybe will will be hearing more and more about him–even if he doesn’t ever see a real game with the Sox again (while there is a slim chance, I don’t see it happening) Apparently, he is moving forward with his rehab and is planning to throw 60 feet within the next day or so. This type of recovery normally requires a 12-month recovery cycle…
Chippy Chippy Chop: Taking the number to 41, 6 more players we removed from the Spring Training roster, with 3 (Craig Breslow, George Kottaras and Brandon Moss) going to Pawtucket, and 3 ( Runelvys Hernandez, Travis Hughes, and Ed Rogers being assigned to minor league camp.
Despite the fact that his start on Saturday was less than stellar (he threw 72 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, giving up a lead off homer and another run on 5 hits, while striking out 5. He also frequently got behind in his counts and had base runners in every inning.) Jonathan Papelbon was happy with his pitching and feels the transition from closer to starter is right on track. “…My body felt outstanding, my arm felt outstanding. Everything physically felt really good, and that’s a big, big plus for me…”I’m feeling good about my routine, my repertoire, which is coming along. Even though I didn’t get the results I wanted to…I felt like I got some great work in today.” He will make his 1st start of the 2007 campaign against the Rangers on Friday, April 6.
After yesterday’s win against the Oreos, the Sox record for Spring Training stands at 8-9-1…UGH
Because he does not like to face AL East opponents in Spring Training, Curt Schilling opted for a game in the Minor league complex against the Reds farm team, the Louisville Bats. Throwing 98 pitches, 70 for strikes, in 6 innings of work, Curt gave up only a solo homerun (the games only run) and 3 other hits, walking none and striking out 6, including striking out the side in the 1st inning. He continues to work on his new pitch, the changeup, throwing it 19 times during the game, and feels its getting better: “…Today was the first day I started to feel like it was one of my pitches. There was a lot less to throwing it than there has been in the past.”
Progressing Lester: As scheduled, Jon Lester threw 2 innings on Friday in a minor league game vs the Twins organization. And he did very well, only allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. His next pitching opportunity will come on Wednesday.
Coming up: Today is an off day, but then, miracles of miracles, there is a NIGHT GAME on Tuesday night! The Sox play the Twins, with Josh Beckett getting the start–at 7:05 pm!