FORT MYERS, FLORIDA (CBS) – Stick with WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche throughout the week for all the updates from Red Sox Spring Training in Fort Myers, Florida!
4:00 p.m.: Some great stuff from Jonny Gomes today, who is ready to take over in left field for the Red Sox.
At the plate, he said he’s hoping to bring some “right-handed sock” to the lineup, and isn’t afraid of the pressures of playing in Boston.
“Pressure is what you put on it,” he said. “Bases loaded, tie ball game – is the pressure on the hitter or the pitcher? It’s what you put on it. It’s a results driven industry; if you put the results out there, there is no pressure. And if you don’t there is pressure.”
“At the end of the day there is no arguing about how I play the game; I play the game right,” he said. “I hustle, my numbers are going to go up and own like everyone else in the big leagues, but I never take a day off.”
He’s also not too worried about playing in Fenway Park’s left field with the Green Monster behind him.
“It’s the only left field like that in the game. I’ve played it before, it doesn’t worry me by any means,” he said confidently. “You just have to accept it; you can’t butt heads with the monster.”
Sounds like Gomes will fit right in!
3:02 p.m.: Just one quick update from this afternoon. Clay Buchholz threw today, and manager John Farrell said it was actually a good day for the injured pitcher.
Buchholz is only expected to miss a few days with the hamstring injury he suffered yesterday, and could be back on the mound by next week.
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