A look to the future
Kelly, Iglesias show their stuff
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two possible future cornerstones of the Red Sox were on display on Field 3 in the back end of the Player Development Complex yesterday.
Righthander Casey Kelly threw batting practice to three hitters, including heralded shortstop Jose Iglesias.
General manager Theo Epstein, assistant GM Ben Cherington, player development director Mike Hazen, and advance scout Dana Levangie watched the two 20-year-olds intently.
“That was fun to see,’’ Epstein said.
Iglesias hit several balls well, while Kelly showed excellent command of his fastball and curveball. Both are ticketed for the minor leagues, with Kelly having a chance to start the season with Double A Portland and Iglesias likely to open up with one of the Single A teams.
Kelly and Iglesias got to know each other during the Arizona Fall League, when Kelly was still a part-time shortstop.
“That was a little strange facing him,’’ Kelly said. “The last time I saw him we were in the same infield.’’
Manager Terry Francona said he has been impressed with the level of maturity Kelly has shown in camp. He attributes some of that to his father, former big leaguer Pat Kelly.
“You can tell Casey has been around the game,’’ Francona said.
Youkilis celebrated when he popped a ball that fell in just past the infield.
“It felt great. I threw a lot of strikes,’’ Wakefield said. “I had a lot of movement on my pitches. I feel like I’m right on track.’’
Francona said he would announce his starters today for the first few exhibition games. Wakefield said he was starting Friday against the Minnesota Twins across town at Hammond Stadium.
Josh Beckett, Clay Buchholz, John Lackey, and Jon Lester also threw batting practice sessions.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported yesterday that former Sox team physician Bill Morgan, 57, has indefinitely given up the right to practice while state officials investigate unspecified allegations.
Morgan was with the Red Sox from 2001-04. He was the doctor who stitched together Schilling’s injured right ankle before Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees.
With blood showing through his sock, Schilling pitched seven strong innings as the Sox won the game, and eventually won their first world championship since 1918.
The newspaper reported that Morgan and his attorney, W. Scott Liebert, could not be reached for comment.
A person in Liebert’s Newton office said yesterday the doctor was on vacation.
A three-time Olympian, Randall finished eighth in the individual sprint, the best finish ever for an American woman. Randall skied a strong first leg of the team relay Thursday, finishing 10.4 seconds out of first place. But the US team finished 12th in the 16-team field.
Randall is the first American woman to medal in the world championships, finishing second in 2009.
“She’s a great athlete and I think she wants to stay in the sport and get to the next Olympics,’’ said Kelly, whose mother is from Alaska and comes from a skiing background. “I’m happy for her.’’
Kelly, who grew up in Florida, is no skier. “That’s a hard sport,’’ he said. “I’m sure she’s a much better athlete than I am.’’
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