TAMPA, Fla. — Red Sox manager John Farrell is getting closer to an everyday lineup, though he’s still struggling with the No. 2 hole against righthanded starters.
“Jonny (Gomes) had a lot of success in the two-hole last year,” Farrell said. “Against a lefty we have options. Righthanded — that’s where (switch-hitter) Nava’s situation comes into focus. And yet we’re not set on which of those lefthanders will make the club.
“At some point, we can’t totally neglect spring training. We’re going to balance that with the long-term production they’ve had.”
That’s why it appears that Nava, who is playing first base today against the Yankees, could have a leg up on MIke Carp, Lyle Overbay and Ryan Sweeney.
Farrell was also asked whether he would be opposed to having two catchers in the lineup (one at DH) as he he said he was a few days ago.
“I don’t object to that,” he said. “I understand the risk you run. If we were in a situation where Salty had to go behind plate, we’d go with pinch-hitters rather than go with Mike (Napoli) behind the plate.”
Of course, Napoli would still be an emergency option, even though he hasn’t caught all of spring training.
• LHP Franklin Morales has thrown back-to-back long toss sessions. Now the Sox will put him on a throwing program.
• The Yankees tried out their former righty Chien Ming Wang this morning. Wang is open to returning to the Yankees and starting at Triple-A Scranton.
He once won 19 games twice for the Yankees before injuries hurt his career. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he’s throwing 92-93 MPH. Wang used to throw in the mid-to-high 90s with a great, hard sinker.
Wang pitched for Taiwan in the WBC. He is 7-13 with a 6.39 ERA in 33 major league appearances since a foot injury led to a shoulder injury in 2008.