FORT MYERS, Fla. – Righthander Rubby De La Rosa continue to impress. He went two scoreless innings in Friday’s 5-2 win over the Pirates, giving up one hit with two strikeouts. And, although, his fastball wasn’t flashing triple digits on radar guns as it did in his previous outing Sunday against the Cardinals, he was able to work around that.
“The most impressive thing is the feel for his secondary pitches, particularly his changeup,” manager John Farrell said. “A couple of 3-2 counts, right-handers, left-handers, and he’s not only willing but goes to that pitch with confidence. And when you combine that with the power, it’s really a rare combination. And just in two outings in spring training, he’s not been afraid to go to any pitch in any count. It’s been very encouraging the way he’s thrown a baseball.”
- Daniel Bard has not been in a game since Monday in Port Charlotte against the Rays. The right-hander, whose struggles in 2012 got him demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket, has been working on his mechanics on the side.
“He’s going through some work with [pitching coach] Juan [Nieves] and we’re just trying to work out his lower half, more stride direction,” Farrell said. “He had a work day, just throwing on a line where there’s some lateral-type drills that we’re trying to get that stride direction more consistent. He’ll have a side day and pen tomorrow, day off, and then be back in a game.”
- Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI. He is now batting .400 in Grapefruit League games.
- Knuckleballer Steven Wright went 2 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three this and threw walks with two strikeouts.
- Farrell’s son Jeremy, an eighth-round pick of the Pirates in 2008, went in for Pedro Alvarez at third base. Jeremy walked on four pitches from Wright, which brought his father from the dugout to lift Wright from the game.