FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox manager John Farrell has been pleased with what he's seen from right-hander John Lackey, who is returning from Tommy John surgery in November 2011.
A good work day today, Farrell said. Freeness in his delivery, freeness in his arm. Staying behind the ball, repeating his delivery all the things that were looking for right now he did them very well. Hes in great condition so a 35-pitch bullpen was not really taxing for him. So, all in all, as each pitchers gotten to the mound its been good.
Lackey has lost a significant amount of weight. Asked by a reporter about the drop from Lackeys lumpy body, Farrell jokingly replied, Well, he smoothed the lumps out.
But that much of a weight loss could possibly affect a pitchers effectiveness on the mound. For Farrell, that is not a concern right now.
You think of a guy thats probably dropped 17 pounds from where he was a year ago, Farrell said. And until we get into games well find out if there have been strength losses. My guess is at this point thats not the case because as hes gone through his physicals and the strength testing the shoulder, all those are consistent. So more athletic, more ability to repeat his delivery. So honestly he feels pretty darn good about himself. Hes in a good frame of mind.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.