FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Allen Webster was hit around a bit against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, allowing five runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"There were a number of sinkers that he left on the plate,'' said manager John Farrell. "He gave up, obviously, a high number of hits but I thought more than anything, he maintained a mound presence and composure out there. He made some pitches, particularly with men in scoring position.''
He'll open the season in Pawtucket, but Farrell said Webster has made strides from this time a year ago.
"Much further along,'' said Farrell. "Further along in understanding what type of pitcher he is, a better understanding of how to use his two-seamer, even though today, the location of it was maybe less than a couple of starts he's made here. But I see him much further along than a year ago. Last year, he was the talk of camp. But the ability to make adjustments more readily and just the overall use of his stuff is much more refined to attack a hitter.''