|John Farrell notes Wednesday: Felix Doubront cleared for start, David Ortiz takes a personal leave||02.27.13 at 6:35 pm ET|
SARASOTA, Fla. — Felix Doubront completed his simulated game Wednesday successfully in Fort Myers and has passed the final hurdle for starting a spring game, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell. That start will come Monday afternoon at JetBlue Park against Tampa Bay.
The lefty was slowed at the start of camp due to fatigue in his left [throwing] shoulder and was held back. He began throwing a week later than the other four projected starters in the rotation. He threw live batting practice earlier this week before throwing his simulated game on Wednesday.
“He was very good. Two sim innings and he’s on tap for Monday,” Farrell said before Wednesday’s game against the Orioles.
After some confusion, another pitcher, Alfredo Aceves, will indeed pitch for Mexico for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Farrell had initially informed his right-hander, who was initially on the provisional roster, that he was not selected for the regular roster and would not be playing. That apparently was not the case.
Farrell said it’s likely that Aceves will start for Mexico, which is part of the reason the Red Sox wanted to stretch him out to start camp.
David Ortiz left the team Wednesday for the Dominican Republic to take care of a personal matter.
“He’s taking a couple of personal days,” Farrell said. “He’s got a personal issue he’s taking care of right now.”
Other pregame notes included Farrell’s reaction to St. Louis manager and former catcher Mike Matheny instructing his catchers to avoid all contact at the plate when possible: “You want the aggressiveness to always remain in the game,” Farrell said. “But at the same time, when a catcher can be opened up, in some cases, for a very severe injury, you almost have to listen to the comments of Mike and Bruce Bochy, former catchers who have sustained a serious injury from it. Their comments probably resonate more than those of who have not been back there. I guess I take the view of the game from the traditional standpoint that you want good, hard play as long as it’s not a cheap shot. Where do you draw the line on a play at the plate? If it’s a hard slide that makes contact. Maybe just a mandatory slide rather than just a head-up, full-on collision, I can see the merit in preserving guys’ health. They can be scary, no doubt about. [Jorge] Posada took one from Hinske that I still don’t know how it got up from it but he did. I think the last thing anyone want is to hurt anyone in the game.
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|The resumes of the playoff managers||10.10.12 at 12:56 pm ET|
At a time when the Red Sox have a managerial vacancy to fill, it’s worth examining the resumes of the eight managers who are currently working in the postseason. In particular, it is interesting to examine what each manager had done in his career prior to being put in charge of his current club.
The array of experiences is diverse: One never managed at all and one had never been to the playoffs. However, four of the eight managers had gotten to the World Series at least once. Six had managed teams to the postseason. Still, it’s worth noting that four of the eight managers were coming off what could be viewed as failed managerial runs — Joe Girardi (Marlins, one year), Davey Johnson (Dodgers, two years), Jim Leyland (Rockies, one year) and Buck Showalter (Rangers, four years) all failed to make the playoffs in the stint preceding their current managing gigs.
Of particular note from the Red Sox’ vantage point, as the team explores whether it might be able to get John Farrell from the Blue Jays: Bruce Bochy represents a manager who was allowed to move, in the middle of his contract, from the Padres to the Giants without any compensation.
DUSTY BAKER, REDS
1,581-1,432 (.525 winning percentage)
5 first-place division finishes
6 playoff appearances
0 World Series championships
1 NL pennant (2002, Giants)
8 sub-.500 seasons
Before the Reds: Baker was a three-time NL Manager of the Year with the Giants. He enjoyed eight straight winning seasons with the Giants and Cubs from 1997-2004, but in his last two years in Chicago, the Cubs went 145-179. He spent the 2007 season as an ESPN analyst.
BRUCE BOCHY, GIANTS
1,454-1,444 (.502 winning percentage)
6 first-place division finishes
6 playoff appearances
1 World Series championship (2010, Giants)
2 NL pennants (1998, Padres; 2010, Giants)
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