FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox held their annual spring training team meeting Friday morning, and manager John Farrell called the 50-minute session “pretty typical.”
Ownership, management, staff and players all participated in the session.
“There was a lot to mention,” Farrell said. “More than anything, a lot of it was introductory for the new players and the new people they’re coming in contact with, and they were able to hear from ownership, from Ben [Cherington] and from myself. It was pretty typical for the opening of spring training.”
With all the new players and staff members, Farrell explained it was a good way to “set the tone” and the messages were communicated in a clear manner.
“But the thing we want to emphasize is that it’s a matter of what we do on the field, and not what we’re talking about. We’re hopeful, with every intent that our actions speak certainly more volume than our words,” Farrell said.
The manager’s idea to set the tone on the first official day of full squad workouts is important for a smooth and drama-free camp.
“Everything has a purpose,” Farrell said. “I don’t want to say a sense of urgency, but each day in spring training, because of our current situation – new staff, number of new players – we’ve got a lot of ground to cover. That was outlined and how we intend to get that message across in the mindset we’re trying to create here. I don’t think it’s drastically different than many other places, but it’s specific to our needs.”
From the players’ standpoint, Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes said the biggest message was about being professional.
“I don’t think that’s going to be an issue this year,” he said. “It’s a simple rule. It’s not always that simple for people to follow it. If it was that simple, I don’t think it would be a rule. It’s not kids in here, we’re grown men, people with families and have been in the game for a while. From the success I’ve had, and the teams [I’ve been on] winning division titles and getting into the playoffs, that’s definitely a motto that needs to be followed.”
-- The Red Sox still have not received the results from the MRI taken on Mike Napoli’s hip. The team is hoping to get those results at some point on Friday.
-- David Ortiz (Achilles) continues to run on his own and will not be part of the baserunning drills. The veteran DH is getting stronger and he’s progressing each day. “He’s making good progress,” Farrell said. Ortiz has shown no ill effects while taking BP in the cage. He still expects to be ready for Opening Day.
-- Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz (hamstring) will play long toss on Saturday and he continues to progress.
-- Understanding that baserunning is an emphasis for the upcoming season, the first drill the position players were put through took place on the basepaths.