FORT MYERS, Fla. - Scott Schoeneweis held court with media this morning, ready to compete for the lefty reliever job and more than confident he can take it.
Schoeneweis, who flew in from Arizona last night, was throwing a bullpen this morning. He last pitched Monday in a game for Milwaukee and doesn't believe he's too far behind. Alan Embree, his main competition, was scheduled to pitch an inning in Sarasota.
Schoeneweis talked about his effectiveness against lefties and the sinking fastball that he's been able to use so effectively through the years and throw it without fear.
Schoeneweis reiterated this morning what he said last night upon his arrival that he and his four children are dealing better with the tragic after-effect of his wife's death from a drug overdose last May 20. His kids will join him here on Monday.
Schoeneweis, who is a cousin to Red Sox senior adviser Jeremy Kapstein, said he's always wanted to pitch for the Red Sox. He was highly recommended to the Red Sox by Brewers and former Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson.
See our previous posting on Schoeneweis' incredible personal story.
Infielder Kevin Frandsen, acquired from the Giants for a player to be named later or cash, was scheduled to arrive in the late morning from Arizona. Frandsen was acquired to provide infield depth in the organization and not necessarily at the major league level.