John Farrell said today that Daisuke Matsuzaka would pitch in Washington on Saturday and then appear in three minor-league games to finish up his preparation for the season.
If Matsuzaka pitches every five days, he would appear on April 8, 13 and 18 then be ready for the majors on or about April 23.
Pawtucket opens its season at home on April 8. Portland and Salem are on the road.
Pawtucket is home on April 12 with Portland and Salem on the road
Pawtucket is at Rochester on the 18th and Portland opening at home.
Boof Bonser, meanwhile, is scheduled for a minor-league game in Fort Myers on Saturday and another 60 pitches or so. That would seem to indicate he will not be on the Opening Day roster. What is the point of having a reliever who wouldn’t be able to pitch for the first series?
Bonser is out of options, so perhaps the Sox are planning to put him on the disabled list tp start the season.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Wanted to share this you guys. A bunch of writers went over to the complex today to see the Matsuzaka, Bonser and Delcarmen throw. As we were waiting by the clubhouse to speak to John Farrell, the minor-league players were coming off the field.
Jose Iglesias stopped and shook hands with a few of the beat guys, just to say hello. It was a quick chat, probably no more than 30 seconds.
Is that a big deal? Probably not. But it shows me that he expects to be in the big leagues and knows these are people he will be seeing every day, so why not have a good relationship with them?
Certain guys know who they are and what they can do and they conduct themselves that way. David Wright was the same way when he was coming up with the Mets. Evan Longoria had that quality, too. That kind of confidence stands out and it usually translates to the field over the course of time.
It’s too early to say yet when Iglesias will get to the majors. But I suspect that when he does arrive, he will be there for a good long time.