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Monday, November 5, 2012
Source: Boston set on pitching coach

By Gordon Edes
ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- The Red Sox are expected to decide 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 general manager Ben Cherington, CEO Larry Lucchino, Farrell and vice president/assistant GM Mike Hazen.

The interview went "very well," the source said, with Peterson the preferred candidate of Farrell. The Red Sox manager 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 other candidates are believed to be White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves, Marlins pitching coach Randy St. Claire and Royals bullpen coach Steve Foster.

Peterson, 58, has been the pitching coach for the Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers before serving this past 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 also has 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 throughout his career.

Interestingly, Correnti could emerge as a candidate to return to the Red Sox. The team did not renew the contract of rehab coordinator Mike Reinold, according to a source, but have offered him another position within the organization.