Saturday, February 16, 2013
Wake to work with Wright next week
By Gordon Edes
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pedro Martinez has been here. So has Jason Varitek. Now, John Farrell says, Tim Wakefield will be coming to camp.
Can Johnny Damon and the rest of the Class of 2004 be far behind?
Wakefield, who has been primarily working on the community relations side for the Red Sox since his retirement after the 2011 season and also has a reality TV series in which he teaches non-baseballers, like former NFLer Doug Flutie, how to throw the knuckleball, will be here sometime next week, Farrell said Saturday.
Wakefield's assignment is to spend time with Steven Wright, the 28-year-old knuckleballer the Red Sox acquired last summer from Cleveland. Wright figures to start the season as a starting pitcher in Triple-A Pawtucket.
"Wake and I had a lengthy conversation yesterday," Farrell said. "Wake will be here in about another week to work with Steven directly. Understanding what worked for Wake is not to say the same exact points for Steven. It's a very tight fraternity, that of the knuckleball pitcher, and to have Wake here as a resource, he's willing to share some of his thoughts and talk about it.
"It's a little premature to talk about Steven, just not knowing him all that well. It's going to take a few outings to understand what works well for him."