Monday, February 10, 2014
Buchholz taking things slow at start
Pitchers and catchers aren’t required to report before Saturday and position players a few days later, but already there are plenty of Red Sox players working out in Fort Myers.
According to early media reports, starters Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz were among those going through a light workout Monday at the team’s spring training complex. Also among the new arrivals were manager John Farrell and third base coach Brian Butterfield.
Buchholz, who was limited to just eight starts after June 8 with a shoulder injury, told WEEI.com he is fully healthy but is ramping up slowly.
“Usually coming into camp I've thrown four or five bullpens and ready to go. This year I didn't throw any bullpens,” he told WEEI.com. “So this year I’m using spring training for the purpose of spring training, that’s to get ready for the season this year.”
Pitchers Drake Britton, Matt Barnes, Andrew Miller, Edward Mujica, Craig Breslow and Shunsuke Watanabe have also been spotted at camp.
Newly sign outfielder Grady Sizemore was among the position players working out. He told the Boston Globe he’s healthy and ready to compete. The 31-year-old has missed the past two seasons with knee and back injuries.
“I’m happy to be healthy,” Sizemore told the Globe. “I’m good to go. There’ll be some things that I’ll be working on this spring trying to get back to 100 percent. I’m in good shape but not necessarily baseball shape, but I’m moving around good. I look forward to getting out there.”
Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., who is also in camp early, is considered the favorite to land the everyday job in center field.
Besides Sizemore and Bradley, position players Will Middlebrooks, Ryan Lavarnway, Daniel Nava, Xander Bogaerts and Jonathan Herrera were also spotted working out in Fort Myers.
ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes arrives in Fort Myers today and will begin our spring training coverage Tuesday.