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John Farrell: I am confident that Jon Lester is completely healthy

Jun 12, 2013|

We check in with the Sox skipper for our weekly visit. We touch on Jon Lester's worst start of the season and also some of Joe Maddon's comments on John Lackey's teammates not liking him.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

A Chicago paper. As listed fifty reasons why they think Chicago is better than Boston. Really any good ones number 36. Is a doozy. It's a -- ought to look at this list put it in fifteen minutes alcoholic WEEI apologize for being just a little bit late David John Farrell. Joining us right now via the AT&T hotline brought you by our belly insurance town fair tire in celebrity cruises. John in your. To start the show today really talking about the Red Sox talking about the game last night talking about. Jon Lester in and looking at these numbers from the last five starts they are nothing. Like the first nine start to what has happened to Jon Lester of the last few weeks. I think you're in last -- game probably sums. Some sort of five starts that -- talked about period and the inconsistencies to go to the spot in the strikes on Serb. Either establish if you certain that barrack or did the actual kitchen counter to execute strike. That was more evident in the first and beaten and I -- I think any it's any of us have seen John. Handicap he can sit down and abuse and things with him here today there are some basics are. If he's got to get back to. And particularly that that's been told -- stops also blunt side or into a right hander down a little lefty that locks his delivery and alarmed and really to -- his hand. To execute all of the other pitches for strikes more consistently so well. In a nutshell that's the one thing that we continue to strive that your in the review of last march came on. John are you confident that he's completely healthy. I am yes I hit endlessly talking to a million -- -- report coming out of every game. Following. Do what he goes to leading up to spark additional digital needs as far as any kind of keep stretching. Health wise everything there. -- we we were trying to figure out why a guy with his kind of stuff and track record would struggle in the three reasons we could come up with would be either a injury. -- mechanics or siege mentality. -- his mentality at least from from a distance from our vantage point has seemed to be okay so you're saying it's it's just mechanical. Well -- it it's almost impossible to. Completely separate out the number two -- three that you just outlined it is when -- -- excuse delivery he's confident when he's not. It is not a compliment and I think last night there was clearly clearly via a combination of those two because little uncertainty. On what's pitched to -- part of the plate he could go to to get strike with any kind of consistency -- oh yeah first it starts with delivery. But secondly there's some there's a metal component of that that they almost force an apparent. Anyone when can you pick that up a man I know sometimes guys say I had in the bullpen and I just knew. It was going to be great night ordered the flip side. I never had problems -- Michael because what watching controlled Japan before the game you know it into reputable firms were on the field. So from the dugout view you can see they ere bull side you -- ball pitchers getting loose. And sitting there in the dugout watching John he was all in the glove -- each -- a definition to look into the intended area. And then all the genuine you know into the start of the game. And the bullpen that was strong warming up was not taken in the game and and that's where the real frustration for the pitcher comes in is that. You know it was happening there and get something inside this has not allowed to happen and it starts to snowball isn't the case last month. You -- you spoke with him today I would imagine as a manager you don't wanna panic every time your your pitcher your specially guy at the -- your rotation has one bad starter too bad starts you don't want them. Jump a year or nervous or thinking that you're going to be down -- the -- after every start but after five it sounds like you've had a conversation with them how does that conversation go. Well actually it was long jump myself. And going back to some of the key is that we used to in past. Experience and John in getting back to the basics and the strengths. The regardless of how long guy he's been in the big leagues you know their strengths are what they are that's the identity of the given player in the and you gotta get back to reinforcing those and sometimes you can -- from them. -- slightly really an example -- dripping from what districts typically are. It's who you -- are matters establish his fastball to the certain side of the plate and most all of the pitch -- begin to work off of that so. I don't think he didn't sell you give yourself a chance to do just that and continue to excuse game plan from there are so. We're back talked about some things he's done in the bullpen in the past. And I have -- -- look at those and you get ironed out and -- on the old one apparently talked about the options and he's not injured he's healthy -- yesterday. And there's a reason to believe that we've got to get it back how much reckon that productive on the potential for those first org source. Tyler switch gears and talk about third base and shortstop. -- is is that his job as a -- -- no Britain will little -- still get their basement. He yes he's packing their rights and as mentioned what's his return to us. Jose as we get some reps at third base he did last night and that two more it's as he's able to have. You know. Compiled last night. And I think it's important that we can can get. It glaciers in the -- -- and will do -- but blue looks -- instruction baseman -- and views. He was taken elections because of injury and yet the performance was what it was a year ago. And each Burnham and finding his way we happen to have a hot guy in the Iglesias. And make sure that we do get him on the field to -- a certain number turns than a week. -- is that a tough situation ally and -- a couple times a week for a guy who. And I gotta I gotta admit I didn't see it coming from Iglesias the guy was the other way saying he should go back -- awhile ago but. I -- over 400 is it tough. To keep them on the bench even. Three times a week. As hot as he. It he did yeah it can't be here and I think that the point is that we're getting little part of the season more people who start hitting some some hot weather when we get out of installment we gonna Baltimore. 88 and he is. Being in the mix whether it's -- PD a day off which would start and coming he's gonna need a day off or soon put to. It might not be the -- for two days a week that you know he played while he was here when little books was out so. It's a balance in ours are well aware of everyone being here in the presence of others and they know that there's going to be some. Time for middle -- that he's got a day -- -- or two week. So does that charge and that's our challenge is to balance all that and keep the -- as possible houses attitude. Are you -- he he understands it. You know he's he's he's he's fully on board with what's been outlined. And I know we're we're now day three into this this arrangement. And like you said that's the situation a constant communication with him and and knowing when he's going to be in the lineup we've got to. We've got a string of right handed starter wolf face all the way to the ball washers. But there'll be games against some left handed starters I think. As he would be at shortstop as -- and that's something bigger bounce and Stephen. At shortstop position. John Farrell is with a says he is every Wednesday brought you -- -- bella insurance town fair tire and celebrity cruises you guys had a when we caught a benches clearing push the benches clearing meeting and it wasn't quite a brawl the real punches thrown -- but. A little combo -- right now on Allen was legit that was that -- Funny how that lead to a brawl but after after that game your counterpart in Tampa Joseph Maddon. Made a comment that struck us both is on a play it for you real quick. And. Teammate. But right there he'll get one of his own players hurt so I I really did sense among the group of Red Sox that they were totally not into that moment. Because they knew it was inappropriate to -- met on purpose. And furthermore because one of them can get hurt so that's being that team as far as I'm concerned in the past he is always good teammate. That was really bad -- and tonight was John Lackey being a bad teammate. Not a lot more one I don't. Think you can look -- would very intent no one knows internal coastal argument person's mind. I didn't take any exception to the real soaring in the back being dropped at home plate either so I didn't make much of the situation on either side of it. One Saint John was trying to create some movie Rome to recapture the outside parliament speaker. -- and retrieval will throw open in north -- in off the plate to do just that so. You know we get some visitors that are and exchange. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Joseph and John have but for preexisting relationship when they go -- -- the angels and they were there together I can't speak -- -- I don't know what took place their but the John Lackey is very good team and for our concerns. What do we take a hypothetical world where he did do it on purpose and Andy did throw out would that be being a bad team. Hypothetical. You know it's hard to answer questions on hypotheticals but -- again I don't think -- intent. 22 -- that was made. And there -- what did you think of Madden talking about your team. Talking about. John Lackey being a good team they -- bad team. Well I mean I certainly can control of what he says. I I have no idea what goes on with contemporaries my focus is not with them. Come -- on the -- tried tried so we have here believing that takes a lot of my time most if not all my time. I'm focusing on our guys so. You know people say things as English. Art and out that you alluded to it earlier we all saw at this Diamondbacks. Dodgers brawl that was a real brawl. Do you have a sense we talked about it unwritten rules of baseball. You went to a series or do you even go. Into an inning. Knowing that the other team is perturbed in your guys are gonna be thrown out is that something you just instinctively. I know is coming. I think there might be some situations in the inside of a game that raises millions had a little bit. You know how that is done I mean Japan so much on May be history that might be there and you know. We're talking about an event that took place last night put I don't know there are things that led up. With security so of course she's in or did in previous years. But I know the one thing that gets people irate as well and it's a -- I feel like you don't want I've got a common here. And that's kind of the game that happens and the traditional. From the rib cage on down I think that's acceptable in the game once you start your bumper on the shoulder and head area that's where some exceptions start to get taken. And I think that's what triggers things even more so. What's the most memorable when you've been in. Everybody's been a draw about you. Well blame to be and one that we are trying to -- publication and it happened to be -- might also enjoy I think they've eliminated ball right now around Major League Baseball for good reason. Ended up being a brawl and we're at a -- very much liked. The one last night in LA. Don't be on the -- -- dug out there's you published a key players it's. It in the -- part of being thrown beer -- trouble too dropping its stance and Renault hears about. You know for 500 baseballs coming out of the stands and it was raining baseball loving group of certain players and it was. It was a memorable one in addition to what -- let up to a morality argument the bench clearing the punches thrown but there was there was Cordova and reduce operational now on. Throw baseballs you don't know if you're happy you're -- who knows. Time now sure. Mohegan -- dinner with John -- contest today's question for the manager comes from the -- Kelly Nickels and Charlestown Massachusetts. And she wants to know the Red Sox have the longest average game time in the majors do you ever try to speed of the temple of pitchers or players. And I think curious some some some data shows that we've still got a couple of guys it's particularly our starters -- with the amount aren't taken between coaches put. The one thing that's a product and the reason for the all Laker games you look at the type of hitters have -- and were willing to take pictures we saw a lot of pitches off. It causes a lot of pitches to be thrown against us nightly. It also leads the pitching changes. And when you're when you scored the most runs in the game. There's going to be some longer innings and American products involved the -- of gators in the offense so we do that. John Ferrell joins us every single Wednesday we always appreciate brought you -- -- insurance town fair tire and celebrity cruises John thanks so much to talk to next week. All right John thanks John Farrell forget for being selected Nicole. Has when he midweek overnight stay at -- such an eligible to in the end of the season grand prize Michael. An overnight stay and dinner -- John Farrell and the salt and Holley show at Mohegan Sun. Well overnight thing you could WEEI dot com slash Mohegan every week. To submit your question for the manager did -- jumper brought you by Mohegan Sun Boston bet you didn't know. The Mohegan Sun at three unique casino under that 325. Table game 6000 slot and -- 42 table poker and increase your moment and Mohegan -- are -- -- -- -- 6000 slots -- is right off topic again forty to broker to your not that you're into the slots -- not at all. John Ferrell there and and I'm still little confused as to how you can keep Jose Iglesias capital -- of every time the guys in their teams do something positive but it sounds as if you'll see more of him. In the next couple of in the next couple days of all the right handers but not tonight the lineup tonight Ellsbury now the Pedroia. Ortiz Napoli Clark Saltalamacchia middle Brooks and then Stephen Drew in there as well -- -- -- situation right now where I'm sure he's getting a lot of stories get a lot of props right now from a automatically -- -- or from middle Brooks. Because you stand with them. But he oh you remember that's these managers and coaches always reserve the right to change their minds. Of -- Brooks continues to. Ghosts of 200. The sickly season. Coming up next there are fifty reasons according to a Chicago paper why Chicago is better than Boston really why Michael Holley is on that list next on WEEI.

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