Random Red Sox notes from Wednesday morning
|02.29.12 at 9:29 am ET|
FORT MYERS — Here are some things you may or may not care about emanating from the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday morning:
— Andrew Bailey tested his ailing lat muscle, throwing from 200 feet away and reporting no lingering pain. The plan, he said, is to now get the go-ahead from the medical men to toss a bullpen in the next couple of days.
— Another throwing-related note comes from Ryan Kalish, who on Wednesday is throwing for the first time since August.
— The theme for Wednesday’s positive-reinforcement video — which has been playing in the clubhouse each day to identify aspects of the game the team will be working on — was simply Red Sox hitters hitting. There were a litany of home runs, a few bat-flips, and some hard-hit doubles. Mike Aviles identified it as the “hurting pitchers’ feelings” loop.
— One of those shown executing a bat-flip in the video was Cody Ross, who could also be seen wearing his pants just under his knees. With uniform fitting scheduled for Thursday, it was asked was the strategy was there. Ross explained that the only time he wears his pants lower is in cold weather, but he still has pants measured out just midway down his calf, the highest tailoring job usually on the team.
— Bobby Jenks made a quick appearance, stopping to say he is still just doing a lot of pool work to take pressure off his back. There is no timetable to advance in his exercise regimen.
— Since Ryan Sweeney came away with the team’s best vertical jump (37 inches), he was asked to identify his best athletic achievement. Answer: dunking in eighth grade. In case you’re wondering, he was recruited to play basketball by more than a few Big 10 schools.
— Jose Iglesias was one of the first to get his new shipment of bats, a development he was clearly excited about, partly due to his decision to switch to a new model. Iglesias is using a Louisville Slugger B363 instead of a C271, which means he will be wielding a bigger barrel. It’s a practice he started at the end of last season.
— Iglesias clearly is in Dustin Pedroia‘s torture chamber. First Pedroia said he doesn’t touch bats that don’t hit bombs, but then asked to see Iglesias’ new bat, asking if it was made out of balsa. The second baseman then promptly put up a sheet of paper that had two columns, with three checks under “Me (champ)” and none under “Iggy.” Evidently there is a fielding contest going on between the two.
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