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  • March 17th, 2008

    Red Sox 3, Pirates 6:
    On the Mend…

    Posted by Christine E. at 11:31 am in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox Comment (1)

    While Josh Beckett will not be joining his teammates in Japan (17 hours flight–each way does not equal good things for a bad back) he is certainly on the mend, throwing from 60 and 75 feet on flat ground yesterday without incident. Barring an unforeseen, he will throw from 90 feet today, then his normal long-toss tomorrow, then onto some pitching this Thursday.

    And the Sox plan on being VERY conservative with their ace, even hedging on whether or not he will pitch in LA for the exhibition games on the 28-30, or the Oakland games to open the season in the US, on April 1 or 2. From pitching coach John Farrell: “As good as he felt, he knows there are steps along the way which will we will look to accomplish…I’m sure he wants to go, but he’s well aware there will be a throwing program and a plan in place. The fact he feels nothing in there is a clear indication the inflammation has subsided. Now we’ll take the appropriate steps to build him up…We’ll look to use those games in L.A. to the best of our abilities. Until we get a more clear game schedule, it’s premature as to whether he would be out in L.A. at this point.”

    Kyle Snyder is making a very strong case for himself as a potential 5th starter for the 2008 campaign, throwing 2 innings, allowing only 2 hits and zero runs, while striking out 2…This was also his 4th scoreless outing in 5 appearances this spring…

    Well, Doug Mirabelli is gone, Wake is pretty bummed out about it, but he did not let it affect him on the field as Wake was positively brilliant on Sunday when he pitched in an AAA game. Throwing 64 pitches (48 for strikes,) he threw 5 innings, striking out 3–and retired the minimum batters he could face–15…And a notable thing about that is the majority of the pitches he threw were the knuckler–and Kevin Cash did not miss one…

    Wake’s next start will be in Japan on Sunday, where he will pitch in an exhibit game. Want to watch? Set your alarm clock–its at 6:05AM, our time…

    Daisuke and his wife welcomed a son on Saturday. Mom and baby are reported to be doing well, which means Daisuke will be able to join the Sox in Japan…

    With yesterday’s loss, the Sox’s current record for Spring Training is: 7-9-2…eh….

    Today: The only game in spring training against the Skanks, Bartolo Colon gets the nod, and will throw 3 innings…Andy Pettitte (who has been battling elbow woes, among other things) will throw 1st pitch at 1:15pm…

    One Response to “Red Sox 3, Pirates 6:
    On the Mend…”

    1. Ted D says:

      Christine, I know people won’t be happy with Colon today, but the fact it’s his second game, he’s hitting the mid 90’s with his fastball, and feels healthy gives me hope.

      I think he’ll be in the rotation when we need a 5th starter. I’ll be shocked if Beckett pitches before we get to Oakland, and I’m really glad it seems like he’s OK.

      Snyder looked great, btw.

      Hope you are well.

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