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Monday, November 5, 2012
Source: Farrell likes Peterson for pitching coach

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are expected to make a decision on their new pitching coach by Tuesday, and new manager John Farrell is “all in” on longtime pitching coach Rick Peterson as his choice, according to a baseball source.

Peterson, a New Jersey shore resident who was stranded for several days because of Hurricane Sandy, met Saturday morning with GM Ben Cherington, CEO Larry Lucchino, Farrell and VP/assistant GM Mike Hazen.

The interview went “very well,” the source said, with Peterson the preferred candidate of Farrell, who had Peterson as a coach when he was a pitcher in Cleveland’s minor-league system and credited Peterson with putting him on track to the big leagues.

Peterson is one of four candidates the Red Sox have interviewed for the job, according to the source. The only other candidate who has been publicly identified is Juan Nieves, bullpen coach for the White Sox.

Peterson, 58, has been the pitching coach for the Athletics, Mets and Brewers before serving this season as the pitching coordinator for the Baltimore Orioles, where he was credited with having a major impact on the development of the team’s young arms, including Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz and Jake Arrieta.

Peterson has also been in the vanguard of those espousing the principles of biomechanical analysis of pitchers’ deliveries, and worked closely with former Red Sox trainer Chris Correnti in the Orioles’ system in maintaining the arm strength of the team’s young pitchers, with impressive results.

Correnti was with the Red Sox from 2003 to 2005 and worked extensively with Derek Lowe and Pedro Martinez, who retained his services even after they had left the club. Correnti eventually joined the Mets after Martinez signed there. He has continued to work with Lowe through his career.

Interestingly, Correnti could possibly emerge as a candidate to return to the Red Sox. According to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe, the Red Sox have not renewed the contract of rehab coordinator Mike Reinold. The club had yet to confirm that report as of late Monday morning.