Farrell quick hits from Saturday morning

February, 23, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Some quick hits from Red Sox manager John Farrell Saturday morning:

-- He said Daniel Nava’s chances to make the club out of camp are not dependent on his ability to play first base.

-- Non-roster pitcher Oscar Villareal will join Alfredo Aceves on Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

-- Xander Bogaerts will play a few innings here Saturday, then fly to Taiwan Saturday night to join Team Netherlands. Bogaerts is flying first to New York, then to Taiwan, which he says will be a 16-hour flight.

“He’s well ahead of the curve,’’ Farrell said. “I don’t know if there’s a true template [to determine a timetable for a prospect to make the big leagues], but a player will let you know when he’s ready.’’

-- Other Sox players in the WBC are scheduled to depart March 3. That includes OF Shane Victorino, playing for Team USA for the second time.

-- Craig Breslow, who has been shut down because of shoulder discomfort, could throw today. The Sox want to make sure his shoulder strength is at a “minimum level” before they green-light him.

In discussing the left-handed candidates for the pen, Farrell identified Andrew Miller as his situational lefty, Breslow as a guy who can get both lefties and righties out, and said that Franklin Morales is “not pinned in to any one role,’’ noting how well he pitched as a starter last season.

-- Farrell reiterated that he doesn’t expect to use Mike Napoli behind the plate, except possibly in an emergency.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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