Bobby Valentine notes: Jose Iglesias can catch pop-ups like nobody’s business
|03.05.12 at 4:40 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The biggest news Bobby Valentine delivered before heading up Daniels Ave. to Hammond Stadium for the Red Sox’ game against the Twins Monday night was regarding Carl Crawford.
According to Valentine, Crawford will be shut down from participating in any hitting or throwing for the next 5-7 days, and classified any chance the outfielder had at being ready for Opening Day as “probably not realistic.”
In other news …
- David Ortiz is in the lineup at first base Monday night, which may be the last time he mans the position for a while.
“This is the time. If he gets his foundation in, you know, working the PFP’s (pitchers fielding practice) the way he’s working and then taking them into the game where he’s used to doing that, I don’t know that it’s going to take many more games,” Valentine said. “Maybe a couple of refreshers before the end of spring, but not many.”
Valentine also said that Adrian Gonzalez will probably play some outfield in a game before spring training concludes.
- Daniel Bard’s sore back is better and he is slated to start Tuesday.
- Andrew Bailey came away from his bullpen session – in which he threw 30 pitches – Sunday in good health. The Red Sox have mapped it out so the closer should make seven spring training outings before the team breaks camp.
- Valentine talked at length about Jose Iglesias (which you can read in a subsequent blog post). In a nutshell …
On Iglesias’ offense: “I don’t think that his technique is what they need to be yet. If we start adding just a little more technique, a little more rhythm, a little more something to give him the ability to recognize the pitch a little earlier so he can time it when he gets to the plate, he might be close.”
On Iglesias’ defense: “Here’s what the specialness: He has a special tracking device on fly balls, OK, unique to very few from what I’ve seen so far. And he has a special ability to transfer the ball from the glove tp the hand. That’s all I’ve gotten to see. I don’t know about specialness moving off the bat and range and game awareness and those things. He can transfer the ball from a longer distance than just about anybody I’ve ever seen. And he has that GPS in his mind. He can track a popup. … I dare say no one in this camp [could make those catches Iglesias did the other day], just based on the skill set that I’ve seen. Very few maybe anywhere. Ozzie could do that. Rey Ordoñez could do that. There’s a few, very few.”
- Valentine hinted that the Red Sox may go right up until the start of the regular season before figuring out who will be at the back-end of their starting rotation.
“My initial impression, and I haven’t talked it all the way through with Ben [Cherington] and Bob [McClure] and all, but I think we have more time than people think.
“I don’t know whoever the fourth or fifth guy is, I don’t know when they’re going to pitch in the big leagues. I’ve seen a lot of (stuff) where they don’t break with the team or they’re even a couple guys left. I’m not there yet. “
In case you missed it, the first two pitchers Monday night for the Red Sox will be Clay Buchholz and Vincente Padilla.
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