Red Sox demote Ryan Lavarnway, pair of pitchers
|03.27.13 at 9:31 am ET|
Lavarnway went 6-for-44 (.136) with a .347 OPS this spring, finishing with just one extra-base hit (a double).
“Right now, he needs everyday at-bats,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “I will say, and as I mentioned to Ryan in our meeting this morning, my benchmark was last September with him, and, one, he’s come back in at a weight that is more consistent with his in the past, overall strength. He did a very good job with the catching side of the game. His transfer and footwork and much improved. He threw out Ben Revere on a release time for a pitcher that was probably average release time, and we had him at a 1.9 flat from behind the plate, which is more than acceptable at the big-league level. The emphasis this spring training was on the defensive side, and yet we’ve known him to be an offensive player. When those two parts of his game are aligned, he’s a major-league player.”
The catcher had come into camp optimistic but realistic — knowing the Red Sox had Jarrod Saltalamacchia and David Ross penciled in as their catchers. Lavarnway had added muscle after playing at a lighter weight throughout 2012.
“In years past I focused a lot of on losing weight and trying to get stronger while at the same time being lighter. This year I didn’t concern myself so much with losing weight. I just wanted to be really strong,” he told WEEI.com at the outset of camp. “I lost 28 pounds last year. I actually lost it twice because I got sick the one time. It had more of an effect on me than I thought and didn’t notice it until later. That’s not a healthy transition for me to go through it twice. I noticed it later in the year.
“At the beginning offspring training Ben [Cherington] had said, ‘We want to try and stay thinner this year,’ where in years past I’ve had strong second halves and that was when I was heavier. But I’m strong right now. Guys I’ve told I was going to stay heavier said, ‘I thought you were going to stay heavier.’ I told them, ‘I am.’ I’m lean, but I’m still heavy at the same time, so that’s good.”
De La Torre, who made a positive impression pitching for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, appeared in five spring training games for the Red Sox. The right-hander, who finished with six innings of work with the Sox, allowed all of his runs (5) in one Feb. 26 outing.
The 26-year-old Carter appeared in 10 games in spring training, totaling a 1.64 ERA while striking out nine and walking one.
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