John Farrell notes on Day 5 of spring training: Chris Capuano provides pitching flexibility
|02.21.14 at 2:42 pm ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Chris Capuano can start making his case Saturday for a role on the Red Sox pitching staff.
“We don’t want to limit it,” Farrell said of Capuano’s versatility. “When he switched to the bullpen last year with the Dodgers there was very good performance, and that’s the one thing that attracted us to him, in addition to the experience as a starter.
“We don’t anticipate once he joins us that it would be too long before he jumps into the rotation of work here.”
Farrell added that Capuano has been throwing regular bullpen sessions in preparation for spring training, conditioning that made the 35-year-old lefty native of West Springfield, Mass. very attractive to the Red Sox. Farrell said Capuano is expected to join the team Saturday for workouts, despite the fact the team had yet (as of Farrell’s media session) to officially announcing his signing.
“By all accounts he’s traveling here and will join camp,” Farrell said after Friday’s workouts.
The team has reportedly agreed to a major league deal with the veteran for $2.25 million, pending a physical. He has spent the first nine seasons of his big league career in the National League, including the last two with the Dodgers.
“Experience of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen,” Farrell said of Capuano, who was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 20 starts last season with the Dodgers. “He clearly gives us a depth starter if that need were to arise, but at the moment, all things considered, he would pitch out of the bullpen for us.”
The Red Sox had success last year stretching out Brandon Workman during the season to make several spot starts. He figures to be in the mix again for that same role should the need arise, along with righthander Allen Webster, who started seven games for the Red Sox in 2013.
Here are some other nuggets from John Farrell from Friday:
“I think pitchers get a comfort level and they know who’s in the box. It’s their teammate and they’re trying to get repetition rather than risking anything that where a pitch might get away from him. It’s more about how are they responding with so many eyes on them and are they able to channel that potential distraction and are they still making quality pitches?”
“By having him pitch a little bit this winter kept him in that game cycle and that conditioning cycle and I think that’s aided in that. But like any guy, the consistency to the routine and maintaining body composition is an ongoing effort by all guys.”
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