David Ross on M&M: Red Sox' 'sleep room' has its merits

September 19, 2013 - 11:46 am
Red Sox catcher David Ross joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday morning to discuss the Boston pitching staff and to elaborate on the "sleep room" in the team clubhouse. Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino revealed earlier in the day with Dennis & Callahan that the the team installed a "sleep room" upon a recommendation from the team's sleep specialist. "I think the players have made terrific use of it," Lucchino said. "It's a soundproof room where guys can come in and get some rest, take a nap." While Ross said that he only went in the room once to rest, he sees the importance of a room like that in the clubhouse. "It is nice," Ross said. "With the travel schedule you have here and this market and all the Sunday night games, getaway day-night games, everybody wants to put us on TV and have a big draw, you know we do have some times every once in a while where it's nice to go in there and get a little hour or so rest, a little nap." Ross also touched on Jake Peavy's last start on Wednesday against the Orioles, as the pitcher went seven innings and only allowed three runs while striking out eight Baltimore batters. "Yeah, [the ball] was moving all over the place. He had some good movement. He's had that good movement. ... The runs he did give up, they were just in bad pitch location, he wasn't making the pitches out of the stretch yet, and that's the key for him," Ross said. "And the next step is just getting that arm slot and that consistency out of the stretch. ... I look for him to be really dominant down the stretch here." Ross also talked about Clay Buchholz's return, and how the right-hander's great performance in his first two starts after being on the DL for over three months has been shocking to see. "Well, I definitely didn't expect the results we're getting. ... I'm really shocked. I had two months off, and I felt like I hadn't played baseball in five years when I was coming back, so he definitely has got all of his pitches working," Ross said. "I talked to [Jarrod Saltalamacchia] a little bit, and [Buchholz's] stuff is still sharp, so that's a positive. He's just got to get that fastball location and then the stuff is going to work off that and he's going to be really good." Following are more highlights from this conversation. To listen to the interview, visit the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox. On fellow catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's performance this season: "I've seen confidence. I see a guy who knows this is his team. I see a guy who enjoys going to battle every day and works really hard. Him and Dustin Pedroia are some of the first guys at the ballpark every day. His preparation skills are number one, as far as any catcher that I've ever played with. He really gets ready and game-plans, and he's gotten the confidence, when I came to spring training, I don't know that he had the confidence of all the pitchers. He's gained their confidence and then some. ... It's been a real privilege to be on his team, to be honest with you." On working with John Farrell and pitching coach Juan Nieves: "[Farrell] definitely let's Juan handle everything. I think him and Juan communicate a lot. John will say some things, have some communication during the game with the pitchers. I think he knows of these guys, he knows Jon Lester probably better than Juan does, or is getting to know. I think that relationship is there and [Farrell] knows the pitching side so he communicates to them accordingly. But yeah, total package here as far as coaching staff. ... It's an open line of communication 24/7. We're allowed to say just about anything to those guys and they take it in. They don't feel threatened, they don't do think you're second-guessing. ... The one thing they do I would say that most impressed me, they let us play. They give us all the information, they give us all the preparation stuff, but when the game starts, they let us play the game."