FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Felix Doubront spoke with Pedro Martinez Monday and looks forward to working with the pitching legend.
"He just reminded me how to throw the ball and that long toss is important -- little things like that,'' said Doubront. "On Wednesday he's going to be there for my side and we'll talk a little more.''
Doubront said Martinez stressed the mental side of the game and how important it is to have the right approach.
"All the time,'' he said. "The mental part is a big part of going through the season. It's tough. He said the first half is all physical, but the second half is tough. It's more mental.''
Doubront recalls watching Martinez pitch and said he intends to "pick up everything he gives me. He's still the man. He can help you with big things and little things. I want to pick up everything he's going to teach me.''
The lefty hopes to learn from Martinez's "toughness and the attitude he has on the mound. He would battle through innings.''
Doubront is scheduled for a side session Wednesday, to be followed by another a few days later and finally a live batting practice session. His exhibition debut, he estimated, is probably about 10 days away.
He said the shoulder is "real strong. But the test is Wednesday.''
The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.
In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal.
"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."
After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.
"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."
The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.
"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."
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