Bartolo Colon could be the surprise of the season; at least, I’m hoping. The word from camp: Colon is working hard on his mechanics and his body.
"Bartolo’s work ethic has been outstanding since the day he reported here," John Farrell, the Red Sox pitching coach, said. "His conditioning and cardio work with [strength and conditioning coach] Dave Page has been twice a day. He reports very early to get some of that work done. Then his fundamental work takes over. Then he’s in with the regular group during pregame work. Then he’s back in after we come off the field. So he’s doing everything we’re asking, and he’s putting forth an outstanding effort."
Farrell said Colon’s arm is much stronger than the Red Sox anticipated, even from the scouting reports received during the Caribbean Series. Farrell also noted Colon’s velocity was improved from the bullpen session a few days ago.
While Colon might not make the team out of Spring Training, if everything works out for him, he could provide valuable in case of injury, or relief, and help keep the innings down for young arms Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
You can never, ever have too much pitching. Here’s hoping Schilling comes back. He is still rehabbing on the Sox’s time table, and keeps insisting it is too soon to tell if it is working. If Schilling doesn’t make it back, kudos to Theo for doing the best to get us some starting pitching and bullpen depth.
My favorite Manny quote of the year thus far? When asked, ‘Will Bartolo Colon help the Red Sox?’ Manny responded:
"I don’t know. I’m not the pitching coach."
Duh, Reporter. Don’t you know Manny’s not a pitching coach?
My Dad works in the film business, and is working on a project for Milk Productions. After checking out their website, he sent me this commercial, which every Red Sox and Yankee fan should enjoy.