Torey Lovullo

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo: 'When you think about the future, it's very bright'

John Tomase
September 27, 2015 - 8:49 am

With the Red Sox preparing to host the Orioles on Sunday in their home finale, interim manager Torey Lovullo took a moment to commend the team on what it has accomplished over the last six weeks to head into the offseason on a positive note. Since Dave Dombrowski took over on Aug. 18, the Red Sox have gone 22-14 (.611), which projects to a 99-win pace over a full season. "It's given us a lot of hope for next year," Lovullo said. "It's given us a lot of confidence internally. It's given each player confidence individually to say, 'We're ready to turn the page and contend for a championship next year.' All along we have not overlooked today's game. That's a hard balance at times. That's just a tribute to these young players and the veteran players. Because David Ortiz is forcing his way into the lineup to be a great example to the younger players. "Dustin Pedroia is fighting his days off so he can let everybody know what it takes to play here in Boston. Those veteran players are setting a great tone, the younger players are following, and it's just timing well. There's energy, there's focus, there's concentration, and we're playing really good baseball. And I think everyone expects that to happen on a daily basis. When you think about the future, it's very bright. We feel really good about what direction this organization is going in. "There was a period of time about two and a half months ago when we were all depressed. We weren't feeling so good about things. They deserve so much credit for picking themselves up and making this happen." In pregame news, Clay Buchholz will throw a bullpen on Monday, but it's unlikely he'll appear in a game this season, Lovullo said.