02/14/2013 5:43 PM ET
Drew feels healthy, ready to help Red Sox
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- If another season is drawing near, the Red Sox must be breaking in a new shortstop. The revolving door that hasn't stopped since Nomar Garciaparra was traded on July 31, 2004, continues into another year, as veteran Stephen Drew is the latest to join the carousel.
With the same No. 7 his older brother J.D. wore and an eerily similar voice, Drew is eager to get started in the next chapter of his career.
Drew is on a one-year contract, which means the Red Sox will probably have -- yep -- another new shortstop in 2014. The good news is that the pipeline is suddenly stocked, as Jose Iglesias, Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero all aim to be the team's shortstop of the future.
In other words, Drew could well be a placeholder.
"Right now, I'm just going to focus on this year," Drew said. "I'm really excited to be here and hopefully I put up a good year. Every year you want to come in and talk about getting to the World Series. Hopefully we can get there."
Drew is eager to rebound from his subpar 2012 season, when he was still recovering from a broken right ankle suffered in a fierce collision in 2011.
"I feel good," Drew said. "After that injury, an unfortunate accident, it was a long process getting back. I feel really good. All the hard work I put in and the preparation coming in this year, I hope it pays off. I really did put a lot of work into it. I'm just ready to get going and see how it goes."
Farrell to lay out expectations in team meeting
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox will hold their first full-squad workout on Friday morning, and it will be preceded by a team meeting that includes ownership, front office and all uniformed personnel.
But team president/CEO Larry Lucchino made it clear that this will be Farrell's meeting.
"Well, I think the message to be sent tomorrow will be done by our new manager, John Farrell," Lucchino said. "It's the first meeting of all 59 players who are here in camp. It's his meeting. We basically just introduce ourselves and say a sentence or two about our role and our commitment to winning, and I think the meeting will be John's, and I suspect it will continue to reflect the kind of good vibrations that seem to be emanating out of this place."
What will Farrell be looking to get across?
"Just setting out my expectations -- our expectations as a staff," Farrell said. "Obviously some basic rules will be discussed and expectations of Spring Training. The more they can understand what we're looking for, it takes away some of that initial wondering. As I've mentioned many times over, we as a team need to recognize that we have one heck of an opportunity in front of us.
"When you communicate what you expect, we can all be held accountable in our own way. That's not to be authoritative or be a dictator. It's to say, 'This is what we're about, and this is what we hope to get accomplished in Spring Training.' Once that's established, that's the vision we're all collectively moving toward."
Farrell isn't big on inundating his team with rules, but the ones he does put in place, he expects will be obeyed.
"Be on time and be professional," Farrell said. "Being professional encompasses a number of things. It's how you play the game. It's how you treat the people around it. It's how you treat the guy dressing next to you. This game will always be about the players, and yet we have to provide the boundaries in which we're going to operate."
Ortiz, Pedroia could split three-hole
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Manager John Farrell still has a while to make out his Opening Day lineup for April 1 at Yankee Stadium, but he has come clear ideas on how the lineup could shake out.
Look for David Ortiz to open the season batting third against right-handers. Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia will bat in front of him. Against lefties, Shane Victorino figures to bat second with Dustin Pedroia batting third.
"If I was to sketch something out, it would be David [hitting third] against right-handers and it might be Pedroia against left-handers," said Farrell. "That way it puts Victorino in the two-hole against some left-handed pitching to take advantage of his splits. The guy that obviously has a lot of production against lefties is [Jonny] Gomes as well. There's thought and variations to it, but that's one of them."