While manager Terry Francona was hitting fungoes to pitchers on one side of the fence, the other boasted Boston’s potential starting rotation, fully intact, with Tim Wakefield, Jonathan Papelbon, Curt Schilling, and Josh Beckett, plus Hideki Okajima, pitching left to right on the handful of practice pitching rubbers aligning the field.
On the far end was pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who threw 40-plus pitches, and was popping the mitt of Jason Varitek at a much more audible rate than any of the others.
“That’s really not what we want today,” Francona said. “You know, talking to John [Farrell, pitching coach], he had to back a couple of guys off, just because he thought they were throwing a little firm.”
Matsuzaka met with the media following the workout and said he threw about 60-70 percent of his normal velocity.
“It was a different way of approaching, but overall I think it worked out well,” he said.
And the positional players aren’t even here yet.