Red Sox notes: Grady Sizemore, Andrew Miller showing ‘very encouraging’ signs
|02.22.14 at 4:40 pm ET|
— Outfielder Grady Sizemore has impressed in the early stages of camp — to the point where the team suggests it’s already having to restrain its excitement based on the uncertainty created by his track record of injury (he hasn’t played a game since 2011). But Farrell noted that on Thursday, Sizemore moved extremely well while running and playing defense at full speed, and his swing has been on time both in batting practice and in the initial sessions of live batting practice from opposing hitters.
“His history is well documented. He’s aware that while he feels great, and while two days ago, he had a phenomenal day, running the bases at full speed, his defensive work was at full speed, he’s handling live pitching well,” said Farrell. “Those are the only things you see right now. Everything has been very encouraging. We’re going to have to temper either our enthusiasm or really how much we push him just to gradually get him back into game shape.’
Farrell said that Sizemore hasn’t shown “any concern with how he’s recovering,” and that he isn’t experiencing anything but normal spring soreness after workouts. The former Indians star has also shown an awareness that he will have to exercise some caution in the way that he plays the game.
‘He’s going with the program as laid out. But he’s being smart about it. He recognized that the way he played before injury, he’s got to be conscious about that and know what his physical limitations are,” said Farrell. ‘So far, so good.”
— Chris Capuano, who passed his physical on Saturday morning and thus finalized his contract with the Sox, will throw a bullpen session on Sunday and then throw a live batting practice session “a couple of days after that,” according to Farrell.
— Right-hander Jake Peavy, who had been dealing with irritation in his right ring finger, threw a bullpen session on Saturday. He’s expected to have his first live batting practice session around the middle of next week.
— Farrell described left-hander Andrew Miller as “a guy trying to get the timing in his delivery” as he works his way back from his season-ending foot surgery last July. Miller is healthy, Farrell said, and he feels that it’s just a matter of time and repetitions before Miller is able to get back in sync.
“We’re looking forward to him being a mainstay in this bullpen,” said Farrell. ‘To have him 100 percent healthy, a guy you can go to with men on base for a strikeout, provided he picks up where he left off, that is a huge weapon. We saw it a number of times. It didn’t’ really matter where we were in the lineup, who we were attacking, he’s got stuff to get really any hitter out in the league. And I think in the role, two years now, he’s really gained a lot of confidence with that transition that’s been made.’