When last season ended, Beckett vowed to fix what needed fixing and Theo Epstein reports that he has been "attacking the offseason", hiring a personal trainer and altering his workout routine. There is what must be a recent picture of Beckett wearing a t-shirt here, but that has to be doctored. I don't think Beckett's midsection has tapered to his waist like that since his rookie season (or earlier).
Epstein also offered more thoughts on Dustin Pedroia's left foot:
He went through a period where he was having some pain in a slightly different part of his foot, and doctors determined it was basically a result of having the foot immobile for so long. That was reassuring. It didn't have anything to do with the fracture or the surgery. He's healing really well, working out. He's not wearing cleats yet, but we're going to be smart about it. We don't expect him to be limited by the time the season starts.Terry Francona says he still plans to have David Ortiz in the lineup against some (most?) left-handed pitchers. Of course, I don't expect Tito to admit "Tiz will be riding the pine against port-siders", but having him play against more than 25% of the lefties is probably not a good idea. Ortiz hit only .222 and slugged .324 against LHP in 2010 and put up a .218/.291/.393 line against them over the last three seasons. The Red Sox have better options -- like Jed Lowrie, who has a .944 career OPS (.324/.403/.541) against southpaws.
The Yankees have signed Freddy Garcia, 35, to a minor league contract. Unlike two other signings (Mark Prior and Bartolo Colon), Garcia actually pitched in the major leagues last year, with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts for the White Sox. However, he made only 23 starts in the previous three seasons combined (2007-09).