CSNNE.com's Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam alongside Jessica Moran and Lou Merloni discuss how they see the new members of the Red Sox fitting in.
"I think what's going to be interesting Jess is watching this team sort of form its own personality. And that's going to take a while," McAdam said. "It's not necessarily going to happen down here over the next five or six weeks. It'll be probably April, May before we finally see that personality emerge.
There are certainly lots of new faces in the organization, but Merloni is particularly interested in one that's been around the team for a bit -- Daniel Bard.
Merloni wants to see how Bard performs this spring, and if he'll find a spot on the Sox roster or back down in Pawtucket.
As far as the Sox chances for postseason contention, both McAdam and Merloni admit that a lot will have to go right in order for that to happen.
BOSTON - Two months after his throwing elbow started bothering him, David Price faced hitters Saturday, throwing to Chris Young, Josh Rutledge and newcomer Chase d’Arnaud at Fenway Park.
“It was a quality workday for him,” manager John Farrell said. “Accomplished what the plan was, and that was for two simulated innings after he warmed up. Good intensity. So that was a good day for him. I know when he walked off he said he felt good. But we’ll check and see how things feel tomorrow. It would be scheduled for a light bullpen, which would be on Monday.”
Farrell said Price threw a couple cutters. Another sim game is to follow for the southpaw after four days of rest, setting Price up to be on an every-five-day schedule like a normal starter. He threw 30 pitches Saturday.
“This would be done in five days, with an increase of an additional 15 pitches,” Farrell said. “That’s all subject to how he feels physically over the coming days…We’ll continue to take this week by week.”
Maybe Price can make it back by the start of June, but there’s still a long road to go.
The Red Sox stick with the same lineup as they look to make it two in a row over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon (4:05) at Fenway Park.
Dustin Pedroia (2-for-3 with a walk Friday) is back in the sixth spot after hitting there for the first time in his career Friday night as the Red Sox used a five-run first to hold on for a 5-4 victory.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (1-2, 8.66), still looking to regain his All-Star form from the first half of last season, is on the mound for Boston. Continuing the reunion theme of the weekend, he's opposed by old friend John Lackey (1-3, 4.88), the Red Sox' 2013 World Series hero traded in 2014 to the Cardinals in the deal that sent Joe Kelly and Allen Craig to Boston. Lackey signed with the Cubs last offseason.
The full lineups:
Xander Bogaerts SS
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Steven Wright RHP
Kyle Schwarber DH
Kris Bryant 3B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Ben Zobrist 2B
Jason Heyward RF
Addison Russell SS
Miguel Montero C
Albert Almora CF
Jon Jay LF
John Lackey RHP