Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo speaks before Sunday's game vs. Seattle. (Mike Petraglia/

Torey Lovullo on John Farrell: 'Having him around right now really good for all of us'

Mike Petraglia
August 16, 2015 - 11:02 am

The news that John Farrell had been diagnosed Stage 1 lymphoma hit everyone hard inside the Red Sox organization. But no where did it hit has hard as it did inside the clubhouse. In the two days since the news broke, the Red Sox responded in a way that would make Farrell proud, hammering the Mariners by a combined score of 37-11 in two blowout wins. But well beyond the score, Farrell has been able to provide some added insight, especially on the pitching side, to individual performances. With the game slowed down on television in his office, Farrell has watched Joe Kelly and Wade Miley more closely and those observations can be of benefit to interim manager Torey Lovullo down the road. "He's able to see the game from the camera's view, from a different view," Lovullo said Sunday. "He's seeing some things that are pretty enlightening, mostly from a pitching standpoint. He's sharp all the way around but when you talk about pitching and mechanics, he's spot on. He's watching some things and recognizing some things from some of our pitchers. After the game, it's mostly about what happened, how it happened, what were some of the thoughts and just connecting with him the best way we can to get his perspective. The best part of my day is walking in and seeing him smile and laugh. So, having him around right now is really good for all of us." As for the video element, most coaches use it as a tool already. But when watching the game on TV, Farrell is able to see things in real time that he can't see from the dugout. "Video brings a whole new element to what we're able see and how we're able to view the game," Lovullo said. "We have a very limited view. We're kind of boxed in here in Boston and it gets to be challenging at times. We're conditioned to pick up things, no matter where we're at and whatever our angle is. If we happen to see something, we can go into that video component. We can figure out what's going on and what's happened. There's a lot of eyes on these guys at all times. It can be challenging. The stimulus is gone. It's just relaxed point of view and I think he's able to see things a little bit differently because of a combination of things." On Friday and Saturday, what Farrell has seen off TV has had to make him smile. He's watching Jackie Bradley get on a midsummer offensive tear, perhaps giving him valuable confidence heading into 2016. He's watching Brock Holt make diving stops at third base. There's Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw putting up big numbers and hitting home runs. And there's winning games 15-1 and 22-10. But Lovullo said those games come with their own unique challenges, especially when the bench is shortened due to injuries to Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. "At times, it can be challenging. When you get a score that like, what you're looking to do is you're looking to get some guys off the bench, get them some at-bats, get some regular players off their feet," Lovullo said. "There's a combination of things there. It can be a little challenging. You get to the sixth or seventh inning, you want to start to make those moves but you might have to wait until the eighth inning because you get a little light. I've asked some guys to do some things a little bit earlier than I'm comfortable with but I think it's working out and we've managed to get through the games. But it can be challenging when you get a bit of short bench. "We see the same things everybody does. We react the same way everybody else does. We have those moments where we can walk home and let our guard down and think, 'that was pretty spectacular.' Yesterday was an amazing day and we have to appreciate that. But at some point, you look to turn the page and enjoy it for a moment and enjoy it for a moment and get ready for the next day. That's what we're trained to do in baseball but certainly yesterday and the day before have been a couple of special days on the baseball field, and in combination with everything we're dealing with as a team right now. It was exhausting. "Last night, I went home and collapsed. It finally got to that point where I thought I could rest a little bit and had a good night's rest."