Sox pitchers impress in minor outings

March, 28, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few pitching notes from the Fort, where a CBS News crew headed by Mo Rocca showed up in camp for a little Bobby V action. Here's hoping it ends up on CBS Sunday Morning, one of the enduring, great television magazine shows around.

* Aaron Cook would appear unlikely to break camp with the Sox, but he is going to help this team. In a Double-A minor-league game against Tampa Bay, Cook pitched an "inning" in which he retired all six batters he faced on ground balls, throwing 13 pitches, 9 for strikes. The sinkerballer worked the equivalent of 5 innings, allowing 5 hits and a run, did not walk a batter and struck out 3. He had 11 ground-ball outs.

* Vicente Padilla, pitching in the same game, went 3 innings, allowing a hit and hitting a batter. He threw 41 pitches, 23 for strikes, and looks like a lock for a bullpen spot.

* In the Triple-A game, Clay Buchholz pitched six innings, throwing 89 pitches, 57 for strikes.

* Daisuke Matsuzaka threw a couple of innings in an intrasquad game, and the most impressive aspect of that is he is only 9 1/2 months out of Tommy John surgery. Bobby Valentine has said Matsuzaka could return closer to June 1 than July 1.

* Most impressively, closer Andrew Bailey worked an inning and two-thirds, throwing 26 pitches, 21 for strikes.

* Shortstop Jose Iglesias, by the way, hit a three-run home run in the Triple-A game.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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