FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Boston Red Sox have returned to Fort Myers for spring training. Pitchers and catchers, as well as other members of the team, have reported to camp in preparation for the 2011 season.
Boston manager Terry Francona and closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon spoke to members of the media Sunday.
Francona is excited to get going again and complemented general manager Theo Epstein on the teams offseason acquisitions. Like many managers at this time of year, Francona likes his teams chances going into the new season.
Papelbon is excited to be back with Boston and hopes to rebound from last season where the closer struggled.
Paplebon's 2010 campaign was one to forget as the pitcher's era of 3.90 was a career high. Papelbon also set a career mark with 8 blown saves and his 37 saves were his lowest since 2007.
Other players, including former Tampa Bay Rays slugger Carl Crawford, are expected to join the team later this week.