With Daisuke Matsuzaka not throwing off the bullpen mound today, there was considerably much more room to breathe, not to mention see, in the area to the rear of the minor league complex.
Red Sox pitchers Manny Delcarmen, Julian Tavarez, Brendan Donnelly, and Joel Piniero were in the first group. Delcarmen, Piniero, and Donnelly were audibly popping the mitt with a bit more oomph on occasion, while Tavarez and Timlin enjoyed more of a soft toss. J.C. Romero, Runelvys Hernandez, Craig Breslow, Craig Hansen, and Javier Lopez were in the second group to throw.
Meanwhile, over the fence, manager Terry Francona continued to put the hurlers through PFP (pitcher fielding practice). Francona sounds like he really enjoys this part of the job, kidding around with the pitchers, calling it yesterday a nice spring bonding exercise.
Speaking of Francona, he should be meeting with the media shortly, along with newcomer Julio Lugo. We’ll bring you those comments in a bit.