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John Farrell notes on Day 1: ‘No one is going to certainly make the team today’

02.12.13 at 2:02 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — All business.

That was the approach of John Farrell on the first day for pitchers and catchers to work out at JetBlue Park. And, it went mostly according to plan.

“We got our work in,” Farrell said. “The guys who threw off the mound did what we anticipated and that’s just to begin to develop some rhythm, repeat their delivery. No one is going to certainly make the team today but I thought overall, a good work day.”

The one hiccup – a strained right hamstring for Clay Buchholz.

“Clay strained his right hamstring covering first base,” Farrell said. “So, there’s no timeframe yet. He’s day-to-day. He’ll get re-evaluated [Wednesday] and then we’ll have a better read on how many days he’s going to need treatment. A mild strain but enough to get him off the field. He’s going to be receiving treatment multiple times a day. It’s a mild strain in the belly of the hamstring. It’s not the connective areas, either up under the buttock or down by the knee. So, in terms of the placement, it’s probably the best you could hope for in this situation. It’s a matter of treatment and strength testing before we get him back on the field.”

“Well, it’s not what we drew up. We’ll know more [Wednesday] in how many days he might miss, how many bullpen sessions he might have to make up but at this point, he wasn’t scheduled to make his first appearance until Game 5 of the game schedule, so we’re not going to pin ourselves to any timeframe right yet until the trainers get their hands on him [Wednesday] when he comes in.

“Time will tell how many days he misses. In my conversations with him over the offseason and when he came into camp, he was in good shape. Yet, when he reached down for a ground ball on the move covering first base, he felt a strain and we weren’t going to take any chances at that point.”

Buchholz’ injury is on top of the shoulder fatigue for lefties Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow. But Farrell made a point of saying he’s not adjusting his spring training schedule because of the early bumps and bruises.

“Nothing out of the norm,” Farrell said when asked if he’s going to take it easier on the pitchers. “There’s no reason to be. Individual guys have conditions that we’re monitoring, whether it’s Doubront, Breslow and certainly now with Clay, but other than that, no.”

The other major issue to monitor early on is the World Baseball Classic. Pitcher Alfredo Aceves (Mexico), center fielder Shane Victorino (USA), infielder Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands) and right-handed pitcher Jose De La Torre (Puerto Rico) will be the Red Sox players leaving camp early (March 1) to train with their national teams.

“The only thing that is sped up are those players involved in the WBC,” Farrell said. “And yet, we can’t shortcut anything. We can’t increase the pace in which they get to game condition. We certainly take into account they’re going to be in competitive situations, probably more so than spring training in the early part of March. That’s the delicate balance to the tournament being played at this time of the year, but that’s a discussion for another time. We have to be sure to build each pitcher’s foundation and that starts today.”

Bogaerts will get a look at third base::

“He’ll compete to play third base with the Netherlands,” Farrell said. “If not, he’ll get his at-bats DHing. We’ll get some work for him at third base, yeah. We don’t want to send him in cold where he’s been primarily at shortstop. There’s going to be different angles to ground balls that he’ll be exposed to and we’ll be sure to get some work days leading up to that.”

Good times: : “I think it’s very important because in addition to the talent that was needed and brought in, Ben [Cherington] and his staff combined the make-up of the individual to bring into a team environment some of the culture that is in the process of changing. So, when we sought the person inside the player, there were clear targets for us.”

Farrell provided a glimpse of what his message to the full squad will be later this week before the team’s first full workout.

“There’s a balance to how much that’s to be talked about,” Farrell said in putting 2012 behind them. “Certainly, we can’t wipe away what’s taken place. It’s important that we acknowledge it but, as I’ve talked to guys in the offseason, what we do going forward is where the focus has to be. Just by virtue of nine new players on a 25-man roster is going to have some naturally tendency to change that but the most important thing is that we earn the trust of one another inside our clubhouse first. And going from there, is the style of play that people can identify with this group as a team, and confident of the group initially, we’ll put ourselves in a position to do that.”

“To a point but we can’t just talk about it; we’ve got to go out and do it. Part of that regaining that trust or faith of the fans, I’m confident that the talent that’s here, plus the people that they are, this will be a team that I really believe people will identify with, the effort and the energy they bring every night, and the respect of the game they have.”

As for a beer ban?

“That’s something we’re still having discussions, internally,” Farrell said. “And at the appropriate time, we’ll make that announcement, if it needs to be. We’ve got a lot of other things to take care of first before we worry about if a beer’s going to be open after the game.

Pitch calling from dugout:

“Hopefully, none,” Farrell said, when asked if there would be any pitches signaled into the game. “We have the full trust of the guys that are going to be back behind the plate. We’re confident that the system we’ll use as far as preparing a game plan will be carried out. It’s very common to have constant conversation in between innings. That’s normal in-game dialogue that will be used. If we prepare the right way, that game plan will be a starting point that we’ll be able to adjust to consistently. The important thing is the work we do leading up to that game.”

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