Terry Francona said he plans to have lefty Jon Lester pitch an inning in a minor-league “B” game next Monday morning. Lester will then pitch again in another minor-league game, later in the week, as the Sox bring him along slowly in his recovery from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Francona is planning to stay back here tomorrow and manage the game against Northeastern, with bench coach Brad Mills taking the club to Dunedin. Contrary to an earlier post here, OF Coco Crisp and J.D. Drew are not making the trip to Dunedin and presumably will see their first action here. Former Blue Jays Eric Hinske and Kevin Cash, who is also a Tampa native, will make the trip, along with shortstop Alex Cora and outfielder Wily Mo Pena. Dustin Pedroia will also make the day-after-a-night-game trip, Francona said, because “he’s Pedroia … he’s the Youkilis of last year.”
They’re unveiling a new statue of Ted Williams, a replica of the one that stands outside Fenway and used to be at Ted’s museum in Hernando, Fla., later this afternoon.
There’s also a new section of seats out in right field with a bar rail and stools like the ones on Fenway’s Green Monster.