I’m here to apologize for a lack of updates yesterday. Apparently, like most of the players, the blog took a day off, too. But we’re back.
I spent yesterday at the minor league complex, obviously, watching the major league guys pitch in the minor league games, plus got some time in with Bryce Cox, potentially the closer of the future with the Sox. I told him I was disappointed not to get to see the nasty slider that has so much movement (since he threw 10 straight fastballs in his outing), but since he was pitching from behind on a couple of hitters, he had gone to the fastball. We’ll have to catch up with him again to see the movement on that slider. Should be interesting. It’s amazing how smoothly his transition to the shorter arm motion has been — he altered his delivery late in his college career and saw almost immediate results — when you compare it to the trouble many guys have after tweaking their deliveries. (Craig Hansen’s transition is not going quite so well this spring.)
Most of the front office was present to watch the sessions, from Hideki Okajima and Javier Lopez to Craig Hansen and Devern Hansack to Bryce Cox and Clay Buchholz. When Okajima pitched, the crowd was large enough that it forced Terry Francona to stand on a bench to see him.
The clubhouses open at 2 p.m. today at City of Palms Park before the 7:05 p.m. game against the Twins. Josh Beckett will be starting for the Red Sox.