Obviously, the Red Sox will watch his innings, and might put him on a low pitch count as a starter to begin the season.
De La Rosa said he thinks of himself as a starter.
“That’s the main goal: to be a starter,” he said. “I feel really, really good, 100 percent. I feel healthy. So I think I’m ready (to) start.”
De La Rosa has spent the offseason working out in Arizona. Well before the New Year he started playing catch and throwing.
“I feel a lot stronger right now (than last August) — a lot,” he said.
De La Rosa, a native of the Dominican Republic, enjoyed watching Pedro Martinez growing up. A
nd with Martinez back in the organization as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington, it is very likely the two will work together this spring.