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Catching up

Posted by Amalie Benjamin  February 18, 2007 09:14 AM

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Don't worry. I haven't abandoned you. We've just added a new face to the blog rotation, Eric Wilbur.

Got a chance to catch up with a few new faces in the clubhouse this morning, including the newly arrived Eric Hinske and Julian Tavarez.

Hinske said he got in last night around 10 p.m., ready to be in spring training. All that working out -- even with a trainer -- can get a bit tedious and lonely at times, so he headed to Fort Myers for his first spring training with the Sox a bit earlier than the position players are required to arrive, on Tuesday. Hinske spent the offseason at his home in Scottsdale, with a brief trip to Wisconsin for his brother's wedding (apparently it was pretty cold up there -- go figure). The small group of position players here so far will conduct workouts together, including Hinske, Dustin Pedroia, Joe McEwing, and others.

When I headed over to say my hello to Tavarez, he was making some sort of a shake with bananas and protein powder already put in the blender. He offered to let me try it. I wasn't going to go for it, but Jonathan Papelbon requested one of his own. A braver person than me, apparently. Though perhaps that's not a difficult assignment.

While I was in that portion of the locker room, where the pitchers are situated, I introduced myself to righthander Adam Bernero, a non-roster invitee to camp. Bernero's locker was placed right in the middle of the Kansas City Royals refuge, near Kyle Snyder and Runelvys Hernandez, though Bernero's played just about everywhere -- Detroit, Colorado, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Kansas City. He marveled at the number of reporters in the clubhouse, asking if it's always like this around the Red Sox. I assured him that it's not, that this is mostly a reaction to a single player, Daisuke Matsuzaka, of course. The going estimate is about 30-40 reporters for the first day of workouts, including Peter Gammons. No, not like this always. We'll see how it translates in the tiny confines of the Sox home clubhouse -- or on the road in such small spaces as the visiting clubhouse in Toronto.

OK, out to watch workouts. We'll be back. (I'm just happy the rain has stopped and the sun has emerged, though no warmth yet.)

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