As you read this, all of the Red Sox are dressed and headed out to play in a charity golf tournament after a brisk two-hour session today.
The highlight of the day was seeing the starting pitchers throw batting practice. Tim Wakefield looked good, baffling Dustin Pedroia with his knuckleball. Wakefield worked quickly and seemed to have no issues with his back.
“It felt great. I threw a lot of strikes. I had a lot of movement on my pitches. I feel like I’m right on track,” he said.
John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett had uneventful performances. The most interesting guy to watch was Casey Kelly.
The 20-year-old showed excellent fastball command and a curveball that is a plus pitch. Hes working on his other secondary pitches and adjusting to life as a full-time pitcher.
“I listen a lot and watch the other guys. I’m developing a routine and preparing for what’s ahead. It has been fun,” he said,
Kelly faced Jose Iglesias at one point as Theo Epstein, assistant GM Ben Cherington and player development chief Mike Hazen watched intently. It was hard not to imagine those two guys being teammates in the majors in two years.
Terry Francona is going to reveal his rotation for the first series of exhibition games tomorrow. Wakefield said he was starting a week from today.
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw again and during the 10 minutes I watched was letting the ball go with some zip on it. It seems likely he will get back on the mound early next week.
Adrian Beltre (right ankle) didn’t quite do everything today but as on the field for part of the workout. Francona expects he’ll be fully cleared tomorrow.