Sox Spring Roundup I

It’s 40 degrees and pouring like a mother out here in Texas, but in south Florida, the temperature is balmy, the sun is turning the infield grass that rich shade of green, and for the first time it feels like spring is coming.

Which is why I’m introducing the first Sox Spring Roundup, a semiregular series of posts that will, appropriately, round up the news that emanates from spring training for perusal and comment. (If the YFs want to start a Yanks Spring Roundup, that’d would be great, too).

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka for the first time talked to the press with a competent translator. He’s been working out, preparing for the transition to a five-man staff, and been studying the glossy magazines — so he can recognize his teammates, unlike certain other magazine-loving Japanese superstars we could name. Amazingly, Matsuzaka’s workout routine is the same as mine: "I negotiate with my body, see how I feel, and decide what to do that day."
  • Jon Lester also spoke at length for the first time since undergoing treatment for cancer. He says he’s not quite at 100 percent, but expects to be in about two weeks. He’s regrowing his hair and says he doesn’t want any "special treatment."
  • Roger Clemens says he’s "failing at retirement." He’s also failing at leaving us the heck alone.
12 comments… add one
  • My body is often a tough negotiator. My brain knows I should be working out more often, and my body is convinced that watching cartoons or playing video games is the way to go. My body is a persuasive SoB, as you’d imagine.

    QuoSF February 1, 2007, 12:22 pm
  • My body went on strike with the rest of MLB in 94, it never came back to the table and is still holding out.

    LocklandSF February 1, 2007, 12:28 pm
  • “… He’s regrowing his hair and says he doesn’t want any “special treatment.” ”
    For some reason when I saw that sentence, all I could think of was a handful of people trying to give him samples of Propecia or Rogaine and having him holding out his hand in refusal.
    Needless to say, it’s been a weird day at the office. Now it’s snowing. O spring, how I miss thee…

    Scott SF February 1, 2007, 12:35 pm
  • Scott – I thought the same thing. =) Let’s hope he comes back optimal.. so the Yanks can destroy him! ;)

    Lar February 1, 2007, 12:39 pm
  • Yeah, my problem is that my body has brainwashed my brain into believing that working out is unnecessary and really just a waste of time. So the negotiations don’t really get far because they’re in total agreement.

    Paul SF February 1, 2007, 12:56 pm
  • zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    dc February 1, 2007, 1:04 pm
  • If Lester’s healthy for ST (a big if), and excels, what happens to the Sox’ rotation? Does he move to the pen as long man? Does someone get converted to closer? Does Wake move back into that role? I hate the idea of a knuckleball closer, but he has done it before.
    It’s not a bad problem to have, if Lester is healthy and performing, but not an easy problem to solve, either. Consider that the Sox may not really even need a fifth starter for almost 2.5 weeks in April and someone’s going to be rusty come the third week of the season.

    SF February 1, 2007, 1:17 pm
  • sf, what is the latest on lester?…i think i heard he’s feeling better, but how far off is he in terms of being in pitching shape?…i’m rooting for him, but it wouldn’t be good to rush him back…he’s bound to be weak, and a bit out of shape…

    dc February 1, 2007, 1:38 pm
  • sorry, i meant news other than the carfado piece…

    dc February 1, 2007, 1:39 pm
  • I think, no matter what, you leave Lester in Pawtucket until at least a month or two in and feel it out. This isn’t just about his physical body, we need to see where his head is at. If everything checks out, I think you have to move Wake to the BP.

    LocklandSF February 1, 2007, 1:48 pm
  • Yeah, presumably you put Wake or Papelbon in long relief for those first couple weeks (or you go with a five-man roptation over six days to give Matsuzaka some adjustment period), and let Letser start in Pawtucket. Assuming he does well, I’d say bring him up as the primary long reliever/first backup if one of the first five goes down or needs a rest. Considering the Sox have six starters I’d feel comfortable starting any game, that really boosts the flexibility and may allow them to add some breaks in there for Schilling or Matsuzaka.

    Paul SF February 1, 2007, 2:23 pm
  • too much starting pitching is always a problem for us. i say we go arroyo on lester and ship him off for a glenallan hill or a jay buhner. those guys are gonna pan out one day.

    sf rod February 1, 2007, 2:33 pm

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