John Farrell on D&H: 'We’ve got to get back to full strength overall and take advantage of the talent that’s here'

May 28, 2014 - 11:53 am
Red Sox manager John Farrell joined Dale & Holley on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the issues plaguing Clay Buchholz and the latest news surrounding the team. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. Farrell stated Tuesday that he was unsure if Buchholz would make his next start, as the righty posted an unsightly 7.40 ERA with a 2.384 WHIP in five May starts. "He'€™s got a bullpen [session] later this afternoon, so we'€™ll determine him going out of that, his status going forward for his next start," Farrell told Dale & Holley. "So today is a pivotal day. ... If he comes out of it fine, then we've got to continue to stay the course and look to continue to solidify the adjustments that have been outlined. ... If he'€™s not able to go, the one thing that we won'€™t do is put him in a position to further any risk." Added Farrell: "Clay is a competitor as much as anybody else inside in that clubhouse. He'€™s dealt with some ailments that are all well documented. ... I'€™m not saying Clay is fragile in any way, but he'€™s dealt with a number of physical things over the course of his time here in Boston." While Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington traveled with the club to Atlanta for the two-game series against the Braves on Monday and Tuesday, Farrell noted that the GM's appearance was expected for quite some time. "That was a planned trip for him, because there were some scouting opportunities in the Atlanta area that were scheduled prior to the 10-game situation that we were in," Farrell said. "Our conversations are ongoing, so it was a continuation of the status of the team, status of individual players, what we were going through, so I can'€™t say that it was an opportunity to come in specifically because we were coming off of a 10-game stretch where we weren't playing well." The Red Sox reportedly are active in the trade market, but Farrell remarked that what the team truly needs is for some of its primary run-producers to get healthy. "What we need to do is get back to full strength," Farrell said. We can'€™t control injuries. I know in talking with Ben, he'€™s doing whatever he can to improve the team, however that makes sense. ... You don'€™t hear much about trade talk right now because everybody feels like they got a shot and they'€™re not going to pull the plug on that to make a deal." Added Farrell: "We have to continually work to get the most out of out players here, we've got to get [Mike] Napoli back, we've got to get Shane Victorino, we've got to get back to full strength overall and take advantage of the talent that'€™s here." Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at On the Red Sox'€™ bench-clearing scuffle with the Rays on May 25: "There'€™s some words that are exchanged from the dugout, Yunel [Escobar] challenges our dugout, our guys aren't going to back down and probably compounded by some frustration in the stretch that we were in, it leads to the benches clearing. Those are things that are taken care of inside the lines." On how close Stephen Drew is to returning to the team: "He can'€™t come back here just from a basic agreement standpoint until the early part of next week. ... The most important thing in this deal is that we can't skip steps along the way. He's got to go through the innings buildup just to get his legs underneath him." On the relationship between David Ross and Jon Lester: "I would compare Lester and Ross as I would with John Lackey and A.J. Pierzynski. ... To say that Jon Lester will never throw to A.J.Pierzynski again would probably be a harsh statement, probably premature on my part, but I can'€™t deny the fact that there'€™s a longer history between John and David."