It was a pretty brief pregame meeting with Eric Wedge largely due to two factors.
1. It is 102 degrees on the field at Fenway and in the dugout where there is not air moving it's about 109. It was stifling. So that limited questions and responses.
2. Really, what can Wedge say about this team anymore. He can't explain their faults any more than he has already. We know they have issues. He knows they have issues. What else is there to talk about? It's like a couple, who knows they are headed for a divorce, but simply won't admit it.
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Erik Bedard and Shawn Kelley will throw simulated games tomorrow. Bedard will throw two innings and roughly 50 pitches. Kelley will throw one inning and about 25 pitches.
If all goes well for Bedard, he would likely make his next start at home in the Tampa series. With an off day, there may be some tinkering with the rotation anyway.
If you notice, Mike Carp and Greg Halman will be starting in the outfield for the first time at Fenway Park. This is not an easy outfield to play. For Carp, learning how to play fly balls off the Green Monster takes time.
"Well, I've got all of batting practice to figure it out," he said.
Carp got extensive work as Jeff Datz hit balls off the wall and also ground balls down into the tricky left field corner.
For Halman, center field is a mixture of angles and differences in the wall in height and contour and texture. It can get really big in spots and small in others. Halman went out before batting practice to look around the warning track and the angles a little. He too did some extra work in center to get used to it.
"With the higher walls, it's kind of like the old Cheney Stadium," Halman said. "You just have to get out there and trust yourself. I can also ask Guti (Franklin Gutierrez) because he has plenty of good information."