DUNEDIN, Fla. -- At least at the start of the season, Red Sox manager John Farrell doesn't plan on pairing any of his pitchers with personal catchers. Loosely, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is Boston's starting catcher and David Ross is the backup.
However, Ross figures to see more action than most backups.
"You know, with David here, it's more [a case where he's] getting used to the guys he's going to handle," Farrell said. "We haven't identified a tandem that we'll look to maintain through the rotation. He's not going to handle one guy every time out."
When Josh Beckett pitched for the Red Sox, he worked almost exclusively to Jason Varitek. Ditto for Tim Wakefield and Doug Mirabelli for a few years.
"You know, I think there's a place for those [situations]," Farrell said. "They work well because your lead catcher is going to have a planned down day. They can work towards it with their other routine they keep up on. At the same time, we're not looking to say that David has one or two guys specifically in our rotation."
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