I couldn't resist using that title. And Jonathon Papelbon is still working things out. And that's just fine. This, from the Hartford Courant, linked by title clicking.....and then a "don't panic it's OK" comment from me........
"Jonathan Papelbon threw 64 pitches, 42 for strikes, in four innings in a simulated game at the minor league complex.
Papelbon allowed four runs and six hits in the second inning, including a pair of home runs, while facing a lineup of minor league prospects. Eric Crozier and Chris Durbin, who both played in Double A last season, took Papelbon deep. The inning was declared over with one out, after Papelbon reached 22 pitches. (Peter here...and wow!!)
"It was a little weird," said Papelbon, who had four strikeouts. "Nothing to take away from these guys, they're working really hard. I had one inning where I fell behind some hitters and wasn't successful, but I got good work in, so I'm excited about that."
Papelbon worked primarily on his curveball."
Peter here. More work needs to be done, but that's what spring training is all about. So don't panic, members of Red Sox Nation. Jonathon Papelbon will be just fine. He WILL start as a member of the rotation, but then? Then?? Who the heck knows! ANYONE who says they do is full of it...the 'pen is an unfinished entity, and it will remain so, for now. I hope the front office won't hit the panic mode, when everything and anything logical gets thrown out the window to find a "quick fix." Quick fixes are just that...a Band-Aid to seal and protect a surgical wound. It won't work, and that's the bottom line. Is this a re-occuring theme here at PRSF. Oh yeah.
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