Just a few observations around the spring training complex before I start reviewing the comments by Jonathan Papelbon and Jon Lester…
(Don’t worry. We’ll get to it all.)
Papelbon, Lester, and Josh Beckett all threw off the mound today in the cages protected from the chilly and wet weather. Assistant trainer Mike Reinold kept a close watch on all three of the major league pitchers, while some of the minor leaguers hit or threw in the cages as well. Joshua Papelbon sat behind the fencing, watching his brother’s nearly 40 pitches, all while jokingly complaining that he was scheduled to throw last.
Among the other players spotted at the complex today: Kason Gabbard, David Murphy, Craig Breslow, George Kottaras, David Pauley, Devern Hansack, Edgar Martinez, Abe Alvarez, and Travis Hughes.
Many of the players were wearing red versions of the traditional “B” caps, which Red Sox media relations chief John Blake indicated would be worn in spring training home games and in batting practice during the season.
For those of you interested in this sort of thing — and those who haven’t already been checking the Red Sox roster online — there are a few number changes to report. Lester has switched from 62 to 31; Manny Delcarmen from 57 to 17, and Kyle Snyder from 52 to 39. Dustin Pedroia, meanwhile, has not been moved from the 64 with which he was saddled last season. We’ll see if that changes. It would be an odd number for a starting second baseman.
Oh, and in case you were wondering if the J.D. Drew issue could get any more bizarre, the right fielder still isn’t on the 40-man roster. And there isn’t really any news on when it will happen. But, you can be assured, it will happen at some point.