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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington on the Red Sox start

May 9, 2013|

Ben Cherington joined the program to discuss the Sox start to the season. Ben told the guys that he has been happy with the performance thus far and that there is no basis by which to accuse David Ortiz of using PED's.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Joining us on the AT&T hotline AT&T -- LTE the general manager of the Boston Red Sox spent Sharpton good morning about how ardea. Good morning they were well when you're probably watching the game and you're paying attention to your game are you able to keep one eye on the -- Bruins gamers or or do you not have divided loyalties when your team's plan. Were in the sweet I wasn't there last night the number that were in the box largely -- and the Bruins -- final certainly have all of the season. So happy for those guys that played it a game process. Bad would you agree that the -- of a team is demonstrated not when it's playing 700 baseball but win you had a pothole or rough spot and I think you hit one now do we now find out what this team is made -- the next week -- -- Yeah I think I think I think that's I think you know execute. The good news. You know making those rough -- is smaller -- -- -- patch of longer and and you know so we -- little political pomp and I was there last night it was an honor. That night and you know just got to grind through those and get back plan. Better baseball more crisp baseball excuse me and that's what we've done -- Most of April and just got to minimize the little rough patch and get past the. Whoa whoa what are you worried about today and then obviously you don't want this to continue its five of six. You don't you wanna stop the -- what is the biggest concern. -- -- all of that you know is it all really -- back -- pitching him in. What were executing in and pound the strike zone and you know sort of take it to the opposing lineup. Word a much better -- and then give ourselves a chance. And control the game and then. Fitter to allow them to Carolina in the dugout and people abroad that are. You know we don't get about. Our team and word is. And we just. We had a bit of a rough patch. We have we had to use a lot of a lot of football but over the weekend in Texas and certainly Monday in Minnesota so. We we know that the scramble the vehicle in the last two days and hopefully we can get. Hopefully as we move for the next few days we'll get the chance to reset the pulpit kind of the attention. Back on track from a workload import and pick on him doesn't it goes back to detained at the same guys there and and you know just in the back excuse -- Bad as it's safe to say the -- in the medical staff in the training staff or may be a little more concerned about Joel Hanrahan in that he is seeking a second opinion as opposed to well Bailey and his return. Yeah. You know we knew that -- was gonna require some sort of significant period of rest and as is the cases these things -- include pitcher and an army issue. You know our our. Our initial. Work is all the focus on trying to see if we can manage this situation conservatively. You know. Did get a pitcher back on. Without doing anything invasive. And -- a gathering information and as you said -- get -- he and the other doctor which which he should we encourage that. -- away waiting to -- informational. You know talking there amongst the group of the -- figure out the best the best course but. He's got a real injury and we just got to keep gather information and ultimately allow and so. It comparable with the decision and to a transfer them. Are we call -- back in spring training there was a line of questioning that you heard in John -- heard as well and it was as almost what are you gonna do with two closers why do you need to closers as it turns out who actually need three. Where were you ever. Seriously considering trading one of these guys away obviously was a good thing you didn't because you know you need three not to. Yeah we never really considered that. And of course now the book. Now both -- and failure on the DL and we expect -- to be back sooner rather than later. The -- the idea. Going in the spring training analyst you know sort of bill. You know as much depth is because -- perhaps have more guys on paper than we have room for knowing that. In that building there's an attrition whether it's happened during training early in the season. And avoid putting ourselves in the position where we were. -- Early in the air force to go out and -- revealed acquire someone. And you know we've added this then -- the AAA debt these little bit more early -- than we hoped but. We've got some guys you know prologue there a lot of another guy in there tonight. Was it built -- well it is his crack in -- and throw the ball really well as -- from all really good golf for over a year now AAA. Is talent -- yourself. This is an opportunity for other guys to step up and and but it but it you know we certainly. Which are little mindful that the possibility would be facing some boundaries and they keep as much as it was a -- The one thing you did get criticized for a lot in the offseason was the David Ortiz signing band do you feel. Of vindicated at all do you surprised by his production so far and what did you think of the Shaughnessy column yesterday. Did you feel it was inappropriate or or on line. I was disappointed by that you know and it's it's not I don't mean toward toward -- specifically but just generally. It -- visit. One. When a player happens to be in his thirties so. Is still performing at a high level. There's this sort of automatic. Suspicion -- I think it stylized that you looked -- yesterday and thought about it I wonder if you know David -- among the most consistent. And durable. Players and completely over the last several years even counting the fact that you missed some time last year. His performance when he's been out there has been remarkably consistent including power numbers. And so if he has started this year. You know sale of first -- so hitting 300 with the power instead of more of the power. You know would would anyone saying anything and then. And then once you -- -- -- take that into account. And recognized that well. You know every good player goes through street during the year where -- -- 400 and then every good player also -- -- stricter -- -- where there is 200 over ten years and that's how they end up. At 300. At the end of the year and you know David would be the first facilities. Probably not in and year hitting 400. But we fully expect and then here being you know our ambassador to Italy has. Huge part of the middle our lineup so it is it disappointing to me that. Because of the hot start. It's got to face that question -- whether. As he said yesterday you know when he didn't get -- -- its first couple years because the other big question the other way as to the disappointing thing and it's not. I take it we understand. In the big picture you know where those questions come from but. As David says he's. You know he's part of program as every as every player you know -- player baseball is. And you know that there ought to be. If that Bedard they -- more hot streak. Raise that question in my opinion. Two part follow up to that bent but didn't the players and the players union sort of bring the suspicion on to themselves with their actions and an end there stonewalling during the steroid era. And the second part is would you not agree to what David is doing. I know it's not going to be you know until the end of the season at his age coming off of that injury exception rather than the rule I mean what he's doing stands out in the crowd. Well. Except for the fact that he's been doing it every year you know he's he's again not saying nobody -- -- 400 but he's been. One of the most consistent hitters and power hitters in baseball. -- year year and year out you know offer for a long time and so no it doesn't really surprise me that he got off to a hot start because he's that get a hitter and he is he's not just the -- but he was smarter. And we'll go through stretches where he's not as hot. And then no filters that stretches like where he gets really hot again over the course of time. You know even itself out at the end of the year we'll see numbers that. We're accustomed to seeing this is generally the way things work in baseball and look at if there had been. He had -- he had an injury last year which cost us some time. But there is no indications. Prior to that in his play on the field with that and is listening skills were. Progress but it is more about there's only before he got hurt. So this is not a guy who looked like he was then. The client over the last you know year two years where you'd expect these start to think about okay well he's in -- the crime period made when when the kind of you'd expect further of course I'm not use it looked like at the -- the -- last year until they got hurt so once he's healthy we'd expect and he really get better again and that's what he's -- by. Do you think you think guys are beating the system and notes more strictly than blood now and in in your. In your gut do you think some guys have figured it out -- beaten the can be in the testing. I don't know by our knows that you know programs in place a strong program. There's a lot of testing are every player -- -- tested including -- and you know they don't know what it's gonna common. It comes you know it doesn't happen during the offseason have -- and training happens during the season. In this square early. Those penalties that are. -- testing positive and players that it is a player tests positive. There there. That player has you know. At the past has to be accountable that take responsibility for -- penalties but until that point. It just seems. It's been done there -- that it is unfortunate that almost that. We have and David -- that you know -- of that and we have to. Hear about it without any without any evidence other than. You know players doing well on the field. A bruise not looking so bad either right now mum what is what does the future hold for glee cius what's the plan. Holiday is. In the same places that he has been in our minds and that is that he's going to be a very good every -- Major League shortstop them. We -- -- out of the process. At the end of last year. You know we we just weren't certain yet that. That I was going to be in April of 2013. And we were trying to build the best team because. And we thought that through would be. Did a good fit for us -- it compliments of the team. So we signed him. Of course I was a I think showed in the spring training in and certainly early in the season it. You know perhaps -- even more. View more close to being ready for that role in the big leagues than. We thought -- 89 months ago. So that's a good. You know it's it's it's a good problem process that have been. It means -- they've got to play in triple a right now on course he'd rather be completely exposed. And he says he is he just voice. Yes network and and and you know he's he's in his situation part as far as our work concerns situation hasn't changed so expect them to be. I have a shortstop that are thought a lot of times. Is he just expressing his disappointment. To Gary -- are -- or -- Or is he land down on the team what is what is he doing down. He he's look he's he's young player who is still developing and you know he he has a great start to see the big -- he gets sent down I got up tickets -- effective. You know over the past few days he. You know what through you know couple days is that. Comet -- -- players all the frustration that is. There is her manager and felt like there loses a good time to -- take it there's two men and regroup and he did that is in their last night and played very well also. You know not that this. This is this is pretty common. Common thing that happened in my early days following the big east side and -- in the village for a long time no doubt. This may be hereof and based on the fact it appears Ross is going to be back to future phrase sooner or later but if the story long term thing. Would Napoli servers are backup catcher or you try to manage his his health situation -- wake him up to be back. I think we're still focused on and on that you know -- first base. You know lindros went down to you know we're talking about an emergency in those days anywhere in the -- literature that could go back there and do it but. If there was a more permanent. Solution on the roster than we -- be looked at calls about -- Final question -- any kind of solid theories about pitchers and run support or is it just totally random bad because I'm looking at Dempster. He's getting half of the support that Lester Buchholz and do -- will I I guess maybe at some point -- that turns around but sometimes a pitcher can go an entire year and for some reason whatever reason. Doesn't get near the run support as some of the other starter. Yeah I think it's pretty random. You know there's companies that navy for the defense to play behind the pitcher. Whose cases better in. Has that certain tempo and keep the ball on the ground. There's some evidence that says that you know perhaps that the defense support his. -- -- -- behind those guys go all the time but but I I don't I can't think religion on the opposite side it is totally random to me. -- Red Sox manager bench -- him -- thanks for the time this morning we'll talk to down the road. Bench right there but doesn't talent on the AT&T outlined AT&T four GL TE was speeds up -- ten times after the three GAT and T rethink pop.

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