John Farrell

John Farrell on D&H: David Ortiz benching against lefties 'temporary'

June 10, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Manager John Farrell made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show on Wednesday before the second game of the Red Sox' series with the Orioles. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. As the Sox are facing a left-handed pitcher Wednesday night, Farrell has opted to have Hanley Ramirez DH while David Ortiz sits this one out. The skipper doesn't see this as something that will be necessary for the whole season, though. "Right now, it's temporary because when David's right, it doesn't matter who's on the mound, left-handed, right-handed," Farrell said. "He's got a long track record of handling both. We also know that there's been stretches within his career where lefties have had more success against him, so for the time being, until we get things worked out, this is the way we're going to go." The lineup will see the typical infield and Blake Swihart behind the plate, but the outfield will consist of Rusney Castillo in right, Mookie Betts in center and Brock Holt in left field while Ramirez serves as the DH. Tuesday night, Eduardo Rodriguez made his third career major league start as Boston opened up its series with the O's. As he had before, Rodriguez dished out another strong outing that consisted of six innings of three-hit, no-run baseball with seven strikeouts to boot. His season ERA is 0.44. "He was very good," Farrell said. "I think the one thing, every time a young guy takes the mound or you're getting a better look or more look at additional at-bats for young position players, you're starting to learn more and more about them. I thought last night, the fifth inning was probably one of the more telling signs in the three starts that he's made for us. Big strikeouts to Delmon Young and [Adam] Jones, two guys that have been swinging the bat really well of late to shut off an inning, and he continues to bring not only great stuff but poise and competitive spirit to the mound. "He's given up one run in three starts. I don't know how much you really can continue to improve over each outing, but I think there's different situations that have presented themselves inside of games," Farrell added. "Last night he gets a key double play to end the fourth inning, two big strikeouts to end the fifth inning, and I think each situation he's presented with, he's handled it with poise, he's handled it with additional stuff to get strikeouts, so I don't want to pick things too much apart, but each time he's [on] the mound, he's giving us a chance to win." Rusney Castillo jump-started the Red Sox' impressive comeback win in their final game against the A's on Sunday, hitting a home run for what would be the first of seven Boston tallies in the eighth inning. The outfielder also was responsible for plating the final run of the frame, helping his team win 7-4 and earn its first series sweep of the year. But even after that performance, Castillo was not in the starting lineup when Tuesday's game started. Farrell said he wants to find ways to get Holt into the lineup with the way he's been getting on base recently, so Castillo, who is in Wednesday, is part of a "rotation" in the outfield. The depth the Sox have in the outfield also allows them to potentially give players time off if they're having trouble swinging the bat. If, for example, Mookie Betts were to come out of the lineup given his recent struggles at the plate, Farrell said Castillo most likely would slot in at center field, but that Holt and Alejandro De Aza could also play there as well. Farrell called closer Koji Uehara into his office Tuesday for a closed-door meeting, but he said it was just to check in. "There's nothing to that," he said. "When you get into checking in with players, and in Koji's case we translate, so a conversation's going to take twice as long just for that fact alone, so nothing to be made of that. And I know anytime a player comes in and you sit down and talk with him, I know it gets written about, it gets broadcast about, [but] Koji's our closer."