Hey all. Let me quickly introduce myself before I get into a short introduction of what's happening with the Red Sox as all players have reported to their spring training camp as of Monday.
My name is Jarred Coxford and I'll be blogging about the Boston Red Sox starting right now. Mr. Jim Mulligan will join me once his Bruins are done with in the NHL playoffs (which as a Habs fan I hope is immediately – sorry Jim) and we'll create the best reporting/blogging tag-team in the history of professional sports, or at least baseball. You laugh, but I kid you not… just wait. Let this post stand as a mere introduction. As the team starts to play and some more news comes out of the Red Sox camp, I'll be a little more critical and I'll give you all reasons to agree or disagree with me.
As Red Sox players report to their spring training camp in Fort Myers, Florida, the big news came from off the field. Firstly, the Sox signed utility outfielder Brad Wilkerson to a contract with their Triple-A affiliate inÂ Pawtucket of the International League. As a Montrealer, this hits home. It's nice to see a successful former Expos' player, still getting an opportunity in the MLB after a couple mediocre seasons. Wilkerson has been invited to join the Red Sox for their spring training camp as a non-roster player. He split time between the Mariners and the Blue Jays last year, batting .208 with 4 round-trippers and 28 RBI in 104 games. If he picks up his game, he could be a good asset for the Sox – a versatile outfielder, who can stand in as an extra body on first and frankly they guy rarely commits errors. He has something to the extent of 33 errors in almost 900 games. I am a fan. Let's wait and se how Lowell is doing. Maybe throw Wilkerson on first and put Youkilis on third. Just a thought.
Now, is Big Papi juiced up? Is he on the roids? Well according to Boston's favorite DH, he's not and he's hoping that more severeÂ punishmentsÂ are handed out to players that test positive for performance enhancing drugs. At his first day at camp, Ortiz said that players should not be tested randomly. He said that everyone should be tested 3 or 4 times a year. And if they're caught? According to the slugger, if a player tests positive they should be suspended for the entire year instead of the MLB's current policy of 50-games. I agree with the big guy. If they aren't allowed in baseball, everyone should be tested consistently and nobody should have anything to hide. But the issues surrounding performance enhancing drugs contain too many details and I hope to sleep at some point tonight, so we'll get to that another time.
The last piece of news stems from back in 2008. Or should I say J.D. Drew's back in 2008. If you recall, the herniated disk in Drew's back kept him out for a bunch of games last season. Ultimately, it doesn't seem to bad and according to Drew the back is alright and at the moment doesn't need any kind of surgery. He's just trying to keep it fromÂ flaringÂ up. Lots of maybes… maybe his back will be fine. Maybe it won't. Maybe we'll see more of Boston native Rocco Baldelli. Maybe we'll see Wilkerson in a Boston Red Sox uniform instead of a Pawtucket uniform.
We'll see, next time. The Sox open their spring training schedule with a split-squad day on Wednesday, February 25… playing an exhibition vs. Boston College at 1:05 and the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 (both ET).
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