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January 27, 2013

Webster, De La Rosa could make impact in Boston this year

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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.

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