Red Sox pregame notes: Former Padres GM Kevin Towers thinks Jake Peavy will thrive in Boston
|08.03.13 at 5:35 pm ET|
It’s been four years since Jake Peavy left the National League West behind, but as he prepares for his first start with the Red Sox, it will be hard for him to avoid those old connections.
Not only are the Diamondbacks the team he’s faced more than any other in his career, but their general manager, Kevin Towers, was San Diego’s GM throughout Peavy’s tenure there. It was Towers who traded Peavy to the White Sox back in 2009.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Towers took a couple minutes to talk about his former ace.
“He’s a winner,” Towers said. “Very intense. Very focused. Every fifth day you’re going to get everything he’s got. I probably have yet to come across a pitcher like him that competes like him. To me, that’s contagious. I think it rubs off on the rest of the pitching staff. They got a good one.”
The Diamondbacks were rumored to be the frontrunners for Peavy at one point prior to the trade deadline, but Towers said that although the team was looking at starters, they were probably never the frontrunners for Peavy.
As for how Peavy will adapt to the Boston market — and the pressure that comes with it — Towers said he thinks Peavy is made to pitch on this kind of stage.
“He relishes pressure, being in situations like the ones he’ll have here at Fenway,” Towers said. “He got drafted by the Padres, he had to pitch there, but that’s not really his makeup. He won’t be fazed by the settings here or the expectations. He’s a good pickup for them. I just hope he doesn’t have a good one tonight.”
On the Boston side of things, manager John Farrell said Peavy and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia have been talking for the last couple days about what Peavy likes to throw in certain situations.
Farrell said he sat down with Peavy as well, just to talk about the pitcher’s routines and how he likes to prepare.
“For instance, yesterday he spent most of the game tracking the game inside,” Farrell said. “That’s what’s familiar for him. It’s just to see hitters that he’ll anticipate in the lineup tonight, how they reacted to certain pitches similar to his.”
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-Farrell said Clay Buchholz felt good after Day 1 of a three-day period in which he’ll ramp up his workload a bit.
“Long toss, he was able to get more of that crow hop involved,” Farrell said. “He felt good about the way the ball came out of his hand. He spun his breaking balls in his flat-ground work. We’ll look to repeat that again tomorrow.”
-David Ross, who has been out since June 14 with a concussion, caught a bullpen session and took batting practice on Saturday. Farrell said he could begin a rehab assignment by the end of next week.
-Farrell said the team has decided to change up the plan regarding Franklin Morales a little bit. On Friday, Farrell said Morales would throw both Saturday and Sunday in Pawtucket. The new plan has him throwing 30-35 pitches Saturday in an effort to stretch him out a little, then getting Sunday off.
-Farrell said Alex Wilson, who has been out since July 8 with a thumb injury, has been showing consistent velocity in Pawtucket and came away from his outing on Friday night feeling fine. Wilson is scheduled to throw two innings on Monday, at which point the Red Sox will re-evaluate him.
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