John Farrell warns against reading into Mookie Betts getting start

John Tomase
March 03, 2015 - 12:23 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- As we noted earlier on Tuesday, it was hard not to notice Mookie Betts starting the Northeastern game with the rest of the regulars in place of Rusney Castillo. But manager John Farrell cautioned against reading too much into the situation. "Don't you always?" Farrell joked. "No, I wouldn't read anything into it. We said at the outset this is a competition. Guys are going to get equal reps best we can, particularly guys in the flank. Playing in between both Hanley [Ramirez] and Vic [Shane Victorino]. We had to start somewhere, and that's where we are today." Betts went for 1-for-2 with a caught stealing in the opener, while Castillo singled sharply leading off the nightcap against Boston College. Betts failed to see the significance of the start, too. "Guys can get in the mix in at any time," he said. "Just because it's the first game doesn't mean anything. We'll all mix in and get good opportunities. The main thing is getting reps."