FORT MYERS, Fla. — Justin Masterson was greeted rather abruptly by Pablo Sandoval.
Masterson threw his first live batting practice of Boston Red Sox spring training on Saturday. The right-hander showed some encouraging signs, but the highlight of the session involved Sandoval going deep.
Sandoval has brought plenty of energy to camp. It’s been reflected in his BP sessions, during which he has flashed even more power than expected. Masterson witnessed it all firsthand Saturday.
Aside from Sandoval’s moon shot to right field, Masterson had a positive workout. It’s certainly something he can build on as he looks to turn the page on a disappointing 2014.
“I thought the second half of his BP session was more crisp,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “The sinker, the action to his pitches were on the plate more consistently. And just following a progression towards games here next week.”
Masterson, who spent last season with the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals, signed with Boston as a free agent back in December. The 2013 All-Star figures to slot somewhere in the Red Sox’s rotation, which has been heavily scrutinized due to the absence of an ace.
Masterson also faced Shane Victorino during Saturday’s live BP.