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John Farrell expects improvement with the regulars

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 9, 2014 01:27 PM

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BRADENTON, Fla. Red Sox manager John Farrell said he's pleased with individual performances he's seen in camp so far, but expects a better result once the team is able to get their regular lineup and pitching staff out there on a more regular basis.

That day is coming soon.

Shane Victorino had one more day of workouts and how he came out of that will determine whether he will get back into the lineup either Monday or Tuesday. Victorino has not participated in game action yet, taking it slow after thumb surgery this offseason.

Grady Sizemore will see his first back-to-back action Monday and Tuesday.

"We've had a number of guys who have shown very well in camp, individual performances are the things that stand out, yet personally we have yet to get our team together. We've had the majority of our team together on home games, but when we start to go in this next turn in the rotation and get our starters in sync with everyday players as we saw with Felix (Doubront) on the mound the other day, there's a more consistent flow to the game. We play a much cleaner game in those situations," said Farrell, who endured his team's eight-error performance in Saturday's doubleheader.

Part of the slow meshing is the fact that Farrell and his staff decided they would ease some of their pitchers and everyday players into action after a short winter following a World Series championship.

"We've taken a little different approach with the first outings in the rotation. We've done some simulated game action where you ease into the intensity. It'll be more earnest the next time through," Farrell said.

Farrell isn't into spring training records. "I look at what our needs are right now. The roster and personnel changes from year to year. It's how we prepare that's the most important. Look back to a year ago, we played consistently in spring training," he said. "We got off to a very good start. We're a third of the way through the game schedule here. and we have work to do, there's no doubt about it. But at the same time we're seeing more of our normal team together."

Farrell has been impressed with veteran reliever Francisco Cordero.

"He's not pitching like a guy who didn't pitch for a year. He looks very much like the guy in Toronto, and Houston a couple of years ago. He's made necessary adjustments. He now uses an assortment of pitches rather than just rely on velocity," themanager said.

Brandon Workman has worked his way up to 50 pitches. It appears now, however, with Jake Peavy scheduled to go Thursday after recovering from his finger laceration, that Workman will have to stretch out in minor league games.

Mike Carp, a possible trade chip (the Pirates could use a first baseman), will continue to have the same role as last season.

"Last year was highest number of at-bats he'd had at the major league level. He came up with a number of big hits. He and (Daniel) Nava are a couple of guys who can go to different positions," Farrell said.

Farrell thought three innings and 45-50 pitches out of Clay Buchholz today would be sufficient.

Farrell was also asked about where the team stood on Stephen Drew.

"I don't have anything to say about it. He's a free agent and that's where it stands," he said.

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