May 20, 2022

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes works on speed issues

“We are almost [to Opening Day] and we have to go, ”said the Red Sox manager alexander Kora. “The bike is not there. We see it. … It was a game-changer last year – bike and attack. So we’ll take a look at it and continue to work with it.

Barnes, who will make two more spring training appearances before the team breaks camp on Tuesday, isn’t the only one with concerns.

At Ryan Brasier the speed was down in early spring. left handed Jake Diekmanwho kicked off a minor league camp game Saturday, his second of two straight days on the mound, struggled to throw strikes. Hansel Robleswho signed a minor league contract two weeks ago but has just joined the club after working out visa issues in recent days, has yet to play a spring training game.

Cora noted that, during a lockout-compressed spring workout, the bullpen arms seem to be scrambling to get the reps needed for a normal spring buildup.

“The relievers are the ones who suffered in quotes,” Cora said. “[But] we expect them to be ready. I think everyone is in the same boat.

Sale still moored

For Chris Sale, a recent painless sneeze reassured that the stress fracture in his right rib cage had healed significantly. An MRI on Thursday offered greater clarity.

“The bone heals, everything shrinks. The edema goes away,” Sale said. “Good news.”

The bone healed to the point that Sale was able to increase her physical activity to running, jumping and, most notably, twisting. But the southpaw, now just over five weeks out from injury, was not allowed to start throwing. Sale described his situation as one of “dotting the I’s, crossing the T’s”, with a determination to let the bone fully heal before it starts to throw rather than at the point of pain tolerance.

“I feel like I could go out and throw today and I’ll be fine. But there’s a difference between going out and throwing and being good and going out and throwing and being great,” Sale said. think it’s along the lines of who they want me to be.”

Because he hasn’t pitched in over a month, Sale will have to go through a full progression – pitching, then pitching from a mound, then hitting batters in live batting practice before pitching in rehab games – before joining the big league team. While the 33-year-old has expressed optimism that he won’t start from “zero” due to his arm strength prior to his injury in late February, the best-case scenario remains a return in May.

Cut to size

first baseman Travis Shaw was told by the team that he ‘tended’ to make the opening day roster, giving the 31-year-old enough reassurance not to exercise his right of withdrawal on Saturday. Shaw, who had been locked out in free agent limbo, signed a minor league contract with the Sox in mid-March.

“Going from eight days sitting at home in spring training to possibly making the Opening Day roster is all you can ask for,” Shaw said.

The team informed the left-hander Derek Holland that he will not make the opening day roster, leaving the veteran, who signed a minor league contract with the club last month, with a decision to opt out of his contract or accept a posting to Triple-A Worcester. Holland was one of six cups on Saturday. The Sox also went left-handed Darwinzon Hernandez and right-handed Edward Bazardowhile reassigning Holland, right-handed Kaleb Ortoutfielder Christine Stewartand infielder Yolmer Sanchez at the minor league camp.

The moves left 34 active players in the camp, six more than the opening day limit of 28 players.

Special guests

An eclectic group of Red Sox champions visited Fort Myers on Saturday. Derek Lowewho won three decisive games in 2004, visited the backyards of Fenway South to admire Garrett Whitlock’s exit before spending a few rounds in the pit on WEEI. Daisuke Matsuzakawho has a 2007 World Series ring, and Koji Ueharaa 2013 tracklist, were also on hand, with Uehara joined by his son, Kaza hope to pitch at the IMG Academy… Former Red Sox Michael Chavisdistributed in Pittsburgh last year for austin davishad a terrific day for the Pirates, putting up a great backhand play in the third and a home run to the center right Nate Eovaldi … The Red Sox were relieved to avert disaster on Saturday when Shaw collided with a Red Sox prospect Nick York on a windblown indoor pop-up. Yorke, after a brief visit from the coach, stayed in the game and went 0 for 2 with a walk.


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