FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, on the day that it all becomes official. Pitchers and catchers work out for the first time today under the direction of John Farrell and his coaching staff.
The clubhouse opened for the first time to the media at 8 a.m., and the team hit the field at 9:30. Among the early arrivals was Jon Lester, who showed up shortly after 7:30, and there were guys hitting in the cages even before then.
David Ortiz, who doesn’t have to be here for another two days, showed up Tuesday morning, walking into the clubhouse with little fanfare. No wall-shaking declarations that he was in the house -- he might be saving that for when all the position players are here.
Three of Boston’s brightest prospects, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Deven Marrero, had lockers side by side by side at the far end of the clubhouse. Bogaerts confirmed his intentions to play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. So did pitcher Alfredo Aceves, who said he would be a starting pitcher for Mexico, then excused himself to brush his teeth.
Lots more coming here from Napoli, Pedroia, David Ross, the kids, and we’ll have double-barreled action, with ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald having arrived in camp.
One of the factors that often impacts who will make the 25-day Opening Day roster is a procedural thing known as options, meaning the club retains the option of sending a player down to the minor leagues without exposing that player to waivers.