FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Capuano is expected to arrive today and he will be worked into the group of starters in case a need arises. If not, he would give the Sox a third lefthander in the bullpen and one capable of multiple innings.
How Capuano performs in the American League is a question, but his peripheral statistics last season were promising.
As Buster Olney and others have pointed out, his 3.67 xFIP compares to pitchers like Justin Verlander.
Don't get worked up over how this affects the bullpen and who is on the Opening Day roster. The makeup of the bullpen changes frequently during the course of the season and who makes the team out of spring training is fairly meaningless. Brandon Workman pitched the eighth inning of the clinching game of the World Series and wasn't in camp at this time a year ago.
On to the links from our Globe coverage:
Dan Shaughnessy writes everything is rosy with the Red Sox these days.
For Will Middlebrooks the coming season could define what kind of player he is. He seems determined to change minds.
Chris Capuano has signed with the Red Sox and Nick Cafardo leads the notebook with that story.
In the media notes, Chad Finn writes that Jenny Dell is free to leave NESN.
Here's the daily report on training camp.