FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pitcher Dennys Reyes made his long-awaited arrival at Red Sox spring training Saturday morning.
He had been stuck in Mexico while trying to straighten out his visa issue, but now he’s here and ready to impress the Red Sox. Boston signed the left-handed reliever as a minor league free agent in February.
Because he’s had a couple of long days dealing with his visa issue, Reyes played catch at the City of Palms Park on Saturday morning and then he was allowed to call it a day.
“He looks good,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He tested his shoulder this morning with Mike [Reinold] and that came out fine. We’ll gauge where he’s at on the field.”
Reyes is a big man. He’s listed at 6-foot-3, 250-pounds.
“He’s fluctuated in his career; that’s something he’s always had to fight,” Francona said of Reyes' weight. “I think he looks pretty good.”
Reyes said he has been throwing and has worked in three bullpen sessions and three simulated games.
“Over the last four or five years, I’ve been looking for a team that’s always in contention and had the opportunity to join the Boston Red Sox,” Reyes said. “I had a chance to make the team and had a chance to go to the postseason. You kind of get excited for it, and I can’t wait.”
Reyes has the reputation of being able to get left-handed hitters out, and he’s showcased that time and again.
“He undressed lefties. Hits were nonexistent,” Francona said. “As soon as he gets ready, we’ll throw him right into the mix. He’s not afraid of the moment. He’s done it for a long time. He’s certainly here to compete. That’s a definite.”
There will be plenty of competition for spots in Boston’s bullpen.
“I’ve been pitching for a long time, but I know what I’m able to do and I’m going to do my best every time out there," Reyes said. "It’s going to be a great competition. I know most of the guys I’m competing with, I respect them. And it’s not going to be our decision, it’s going to be their decision, so you have to do the best you can.”