FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As the Red Sox get ready for the start of their Grapefruit League schedule Friday, there will be time off for position players.
But manager John Farrell said he hoped to be able to pair some players together as much as possible, including the new double-play combination
of shortstop Xander Bogaerts and second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
The more the two play together and get to know one another on the field, the better off they'll be when the season starts.
"In the early going,'' said Farrell, "[the schedule for position players by group] will be every-other-day for a little bit. But as we
begin to build in rest, we'd like to, in particular, keep Xander and Pedey together up the middle for one combination. As best we can, if we're going to give a set of players a day off, we'd like to keep the entire infield together.''
That may be less necessary with the outfielders, who don't need to have the same amount of feedback and familiarity on the field as middle
infielders. But still, Farrell will attempt to foster some continuity for outfielders, too.
"Any time we can get consistent repetition with guys,'' said Farrell, "we'll try. Until we get [Shane Victorino, recovering from back and hamstring issues] on the field, there's going to communication we can work through and guys getting accustomed to the range for each guy on their flank.''