Red Sox young arms to carry workload early

Red Sox young arms to carry workload early
February 23, 2014, 5:45 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to young pitching prospects and many of them will be on display later this when the team begins playing exhibition games.
    
As the Sox hold back some veteran starters (Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay Buchholz) who pitched late into October, it will give a chance to the young arms to show their stuff early in the schedule.
    
The Sox begin play Thursday with a doubleheader against Boston College and Northeastern. For now, they plan to use Brandon Workman (two innings) and Henry Owens (two innings) against Northeastern.
    
Later, against Boston College, the Sox have Rubby De La Rosa (two innings) and Matt Barnes (two innings) set to go.
   
On Friday, in the Grapefruit League opener against Minnesota, Anthony Ranaudo and Dalier Hinojosa. Then, Saturday, when the Sox play the Twins again, it will be Allen Webster (two innings) and Drake Britton (two innings) getting some work.
    
Manager John Farrell, in evaluating the young arms this spring, has some specific things for which to look.
    
"In early bullpens and BP, you're just looking for them to repeat their deliveries,'' he said. "They're all going to come with us with good physical stuff. But the thing we outline in our meetings is we want to see how they respond when there's some adversity inside the lines.
    
"There's always going to be that emotional spike -- how did they control it? How does that take them out of their delivery further? Those are the things I focus on because all the other things -- the physical things -- are there. Otherwise, they wouldn't be in camp.''