Monday, March 3, 2014
Morning report: Koji time
By Gordon Edes
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Good morning from McKechnie Field, where the Red Sox have ventured outside of the Fort for the first time this spring to play the Pirates. That’s an 88-mile jaunt one way, for anybody keeping score, which is one reason why the Sox lineup isn’t brimming over with regulars.
This is a heavy travel week for the Sox, who have back-to-back games across the state in Jupiter against the Cardinals and Marlins on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. There’s a split-squad game in Sarasota on Saturday against the Orioles, and a return engagement against the Pirates on Sunday in Bradenton.
Daniel Nava draws the leadoff bead in Monday’s game, the third leadoff batter used by John Farrell in four games. Jonny Gomes has led off twice and Grady Sizemore once so far in camp. The team’s presumptive leadoff man, Shane Victorino, is still some time away from playing in games.
Also notable Monday is that Ryan Lavarnway is making his first start at first base and batting cleanup. Mike Carp made the trip, but is serving as DH.
On the pitching side, Brandon Workman is starting in place of Jake Peavy, who sliced his left index finger with a fishing knife. The accident occurred, manager John Farrell said, when Peavy tried to cut plastic ties off a new fishing rod. Peavy told reporters in the Fort that he was planning to take his 5-year-old son fishing when the accident occurred. Even after he cut himself, he said he waited until Sunday to tell the Sox.
“When the knife came out of me, I hit a little vein, so it was pretty bloody -- blood got all over my shorts," Peavy said, as recounted in the Boston Herald. “I'd promised my little boy that I was going to take him fishing, and that's why I didn't seek attention. I'd promised my 5-year-old.
“I had to wrap it up and I just wrapped it up and we went over to (John) Lack's, and when I got over to Lack's, I had to throw my shorts away. I just wore the same ones. They go, 'What in the world?' I said, 'I cut my hand.' They were like, 'You probably ought to get that looked at.'
"Someone was going to do it in the morning. I couldn't tell my 5-year-old I didn't want to go fishing anymore. It was his last day here. I couldn't say, 'We'll go tomorrow.' It wasn't the biggest deal in the world.”
Peavy said he would like to make his next start, but said the Sox want to make sure he keeps the wound clean.
Also scheduled to pitch here are Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa, whom Farrell had said he originally intended to hold out till later in the schedule.
“I know we talked about him and Junichi, their first (game) appearances being somewhere around the third of the spring training schedule mark, but sitting down with both of those guys... they're going to have ample rest in between their outings. We still target roughly seven outings in spring training for both of them, so we can use the schedule to our advantage."
Here are the lineups:
1. Daniel Nava, LF
2. Jonathan Herrera, 2B
3. Mike Carp, DH
4. Ryan Lavarnway, 1B
5. A.J. Pierzynksi, C
6. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
7. Bryce Brentz, RF
8. Garin Cecchini, 3B
9. Brock Holt, SS
Brandon Workman, RHP
* Also scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox: LHP Henry Owens, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Junichi Tazawa.
1. Starling Marte, LF
2. Russell Martin, C
3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
4. Pedro Alvarez, DH
5. Neil Walker, 2B
6. Travis Snider, RF
7. Andrew Lambo, 1B
8. Robert Andino, 3B
9. Clint Barmes, SS
Francisco Liriano, LHP
* Also scheduled to pitch for Pirates: RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Tony Watson, LHP Justin Wilson, RHP Bryan Morris, RHP Jared Hughes.