While John Farrell weaved his way in and out of questions regarding his departure from the Blue Jays (while also being serenaded with a chorus of boos upon his introduction), there were other items of interest emanating from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
- Farrell said the plan for Mike Napoli (hips) — who continues to run the bases in preparation of seeing game action — will hit in a simulated game against Clay Buchholz Tuesday before appearing the Red Sox’ Friday night game against Pittsburgh in Fort Myers.
- The Sox manager talked a bit about the competition for the utility infield role between Pedro Ciriaco (who continued his spring training success with a two-run single Sunday) and Brock Holt. The differences?
“[Holt is] left-handed, for one,” Farrell said. “The other skill-set is pretty similar, pretty comparable. Both can run, both can play middle of the infield. When you have a utility guy that can play shortstop, that’s really the key, particularly with our bench and the way it’s going to be constructed.”
Mike Napoli Slated to Play in Game Friday
WEEI Boston | Feb 25