Chris Capuano Comes Home to Red Sox
Lefty pitcher Chris Capuano has joined the Red Sox – filling the gap opened when Ryan Dempster announced he would not play in the 2014 season.
Going to Boston is a homecoming for Capuano – who hails from West Springfield, Mass.
Capuano grew up as a Red Sox fan but has never pitched in Fenway Park as a big leaguer.
He knows he is currently the sixth man in a five man starting rotation – a spot not unlike what he faced with the Dodgers last season.
Los Angeles had a Spring Training staff overflowing with 8 starters, only to be hit by injury during the season and opening up a starting role for Capuano.
Most likely, Capuano will be vying for a bullpen job – competing against Brandon Workman.
The Sox may prefer Workman stay stretched out as a starter in the minors rather than placing him in the bullpen. Although he handled both roles fine last season.
Red Sox manager John Farrell sees Capuano as someone who could throw an inning out of the bullpen or face a single batter, lefty or righty.
Capuano would provide a third lefty in the pen – along with Craig Breslow and the comebacking Andrew Miller.
Miller Moving Forward
Early returns are positive on the comeback of Miller from a foot injury that knocked him out for the 2013 season on July 6.
Miller throws big-time heat – making him tough on lefties and righties. He averaged a career-high 14.1 strikeouts per 9 innings last season.
Says Farrell, “We’re looking forward to him being a mainstay in this bullpen. To have him 100 percent healthy, a guy you can go to with men on base for a strikeout, provided he picks up where he left off, that is a huge weapon.”
Who do you think lands on Boston’s Opening Day roster? Capuano? Workman? Both? Neither?