FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox play split-squad games Saturday, hosting the Phillies in Fort Myers and traveling to Jupiter to face the Marlins. Manager Bobby Valentine traveled to Jupiter, while bench coach Tim Bogar stayed to manage the home squad.
After a round of roster moves Friday morning reduced the number of players on big league camp to 46, it can be challenging playing split-squad games at this point in the spring. The Sox are in a difficult stretch of their Grapefruit League schedule, with a night game at home on Thursday, followed by a game in Sarasota Friday, todays split-squad games, and two days of travel coming up.
Late in spring is tough because your rosters been pared down, Bogar said. You have some nicks and bruises. You want to give some guys a couple days off just to make sure that were prepared at the very end of spring training going into the season. And every single guy on the rosters playing today. So its one of those things where its not a day of rest. Its a long travel day and then we have two travel days after it. So these four days including yesterday is probably a pretty tough stretch, physically on these guys.
So when you dont have as many guys in camp and youre sending them all over the place it has a tendency to physically wear them down. But it is what it is and they know how to prepare for it. So I think well be ok.