Red Sox notes: Peavy fine after hit by comebacker

Red Sox notes: Peavy fine after hit by comebacker
September 13, 2013, 5:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Jake Peavy's fine. That's what he said on Thursday night, and Red Sox manager John Farrell reiterated the point on Friday.

"There were no residual effects," Farrell said. "And last night his comments were pretty obvious about it."

Peavy was struck with a line drive off of his right wrist in the sixth inning of Boston's 4-3 loss to the Rays. The righty remained in the game to throw three pitches and get Jose Lobaton out to end the inning. They were his final pitches of the night.

Peavy had X-rays after the game, which came back negative. Though he had his wrist taped up down in Tampa, Peavy said that he believed it was only a bruise. In the Red Sox clubhouse on Friday, Peavy was wearing nothing on his wrist.

“Just the line drive hit me on the wrist, the outer part of the wrist,” he said on Thursday. “It will be OK.”

* Farrell explained that there may not be a hard pitch-count limit placed on Clay Buchholz in his second start off of the disabled list on Sunday night against the Yankees, but the Red Sox coaching staff will be vigilant of how much stress Buchholz is exerting while on the mound.

"I don't know if we need a hard number," Farrell said of a pitch count for Buchholz. "But as we went into the first start the other night in Tampa, the stress to the pitches throughout the course of the game will have some impact on that. He came out of last outing feeling fine physically so we're looking forward to Sunday night."

* The Red Sox were 34-47 at home last season. Already, they are 47-25 at home -- a big reason for their season-long turnaround from last year's debacle. Farrell touched on why that might be.

"Our guys respond to the environment in here," he said. "Anytime that you come off the road, after a long road trip, the energy that is created in here, our guys thrive on it. I'm not going to say we do things differently from an offensive standpoint to play to the ballpark but I think our guys love playing in this ballpark, in this city and in front of these people."

Farrell said that Shane Victorino -- an outfielder with a strong arm perfect for Fenway's gigantic right field space -- was the one player whose physical tools make a nice fit for Fenway Park. Otherwise, Farrell explained that his roster is just plain loaded with players who enjoy the pressure cooker that is baseball in Boston. The team targeted those types of players in the offseason, and their choices are no paying dividends.

"The bigger picture is, who would embrace the environment here and the challenges that are presented," Farrell said, "and that's probably common through the eight or nine free agents that were signed."