Boston Red Sox spring training is in full swing, but two notable names remain missing.
Offseason additions Marwin Gonzalez and Hirokazu Sawamura have yet to arrive in camp.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora explained Tuesday that visa stuff still is being worked through for Sawamura, so he’s currently back in Japan. The right-hander is on a throwing program, though, so he’s technically not behind.
With Gonzalez, the bad weather in Texas delayed his arrival to Fort Myers, Fla., but he’s expected to report soon. At that point, he will go through his physical before his reported deal becomes official.
For both, the league’s COVID-19 protocols complicate things a little bit, because there is an intake and quarantine before they actually can practice with the group. Nevertheless, their arrivals certainly are highly anticipated.
Sawamura, who is coming to the big leagues for the first time from Japan, could be in play for a late-inning, high-leverage role this season. Getting him acclimated to major league hitters and spring training obviously is important, so the sooner he arrives, the better.
The Red Sox play their first spring training game Sunday against Gonzalez’s former team, the Minnesota Twins.