FORT MYERS, Fla. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was pleased with the first official workout for his pitchers and catchers.
My impressions are that bench coach Tim Bogar and the coaching staff did a fabulous job of executing a plan for the pitchers and the catchers, he said. And I think from my observation and everything that they reported back, it went ok. It went real well.
Valentine made the rounds between four fields at the Sox spring training complex, quickly moving from one diamond to the next.
Just getting to know people, he said. Theres something different going on at every field, a different fundamental. So were jotting down strengths and weaknesses, figuring out how we have to continue to work. So I like to see guys. When someone tells me about a guys backhand I want to know what he means. When he tells me theres something on his pickoff I want to know what he means. So if I say something to him, Im reinforcing what theyre saying, he hears it in stereo.
Thats the way Ive always done it. I just like to see it and feel it. A lot of times, I think with the Mets, I know with the Mets, there was a tower at times where you could make a shorter walk around and see a lot of stuff thats going on. In japan there were three fields. There werent six. So it was a little easier walk.
One difference so far this spring is that Josh Becket, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz have been split up, working with three different groups. In the past, they have generally worked together.
Its pitching coach Bob McClures design, Valentine said. He made the groups. He felt in the early session that all three of them were exhibiting some leadership qualities. So I wasnt surprised when I saw the groups. I didnt have to approve them or anything. Bob made the groups and put them into the plan.
Valentine said all the pitchers came through the first day of workouts unscathed, except for right-hander Stolmy Pimentel, who developed a lat issue Monday. Pimentel had a difficult season in 2011, going a combined 6-13 with a 6.79 ERA between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. With Portland, he was 0-9 with a 9.12 ERA.
Of Aaron Cook, who Valentine said Monday would be on a slower pace than the other pitchers, Valentine said:
Cook says hes going to listen to the training room a little and be ready to go with everyone else.