Several Sox Show up early for Spring training; rehabbing bodies and reputations
By Earl Nash
In addition to pitchers and catchers, some Red Sox players have shown up early for Spring training, which officially starts February 23rd for position players.
Daniel Bard is working on his change-up.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is spending quality time with pitchers to establish rapport.
Ryan Lavarnway continued to work on his defensive skills, but is expected to be assigned to Pawtucket.
Adrian Gonzalez is flashing a trimmed down physique.
Ryan Kalish, not yet cleared to swing a bat is working out, as he recovers from labrum surgery.
Jon Lester, a member of the ignominious “Rest, Breast & Beer Boyz,” was working early to put the embarrassment behind him.
Ryan Westmoreland was on the field working out and hitting in the cage and had five ABs in an intra-squad game. This is encouraging, since nearly two years ago, Westmoreland was undergoing brain surgery and hoping to be able to walk normally again. [Ryan’s Twitter handle is @RWesty25].
Other players eager to impress to avoid reassignment to the minors include: Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, Junichi Tazawa, Luis Exposito, Rich Hill, and Daniel Nava, as well as and a gaggle of minor leaguers.
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