Lavarnway taking reps at first base

Lavarnway taking reps at first base
March 3, 2014, 7:00 pm
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Ryan Lavarnway got his first start at first base this spring in the Red Sox’ 7-6 loss to the Pirates and, right away, made a nice play in the second inning, with a backhand stop behind the bag. He then fed the ball to Brandon Workman covering for the out.

The Sox are taking a look at Lavarnway at first to provide him with some more options for playing time, given the crowded catching roster.

Asked how much improvement he's felt at the position, Lavarnway said: "Well, I went from zero to where I am now, so . . . that's pretty good, I guess. The feedback's all been good. I'm still not what's good and what's bad."

The biggest adjustment to date has been mastering the footwork.

Lavarnway spoke with Mike Napoli -- who made a similar transition from catcher to first baseman last spring -- Monday morning.

"He had some good pointers for me," he said. "He had a lot of good feedback. One of the main things we talked about was his set-up, pre-pitch and how it took him a while to find something that he liked and that it's different for everybody and that I have to find what I like."