FORT MYERS, Fla.–The bonus in Red Sox minor league camp on Sunday was getting to see a showdown you’d only think could happen in bizarro world–Curt Schilling vs. Reds lefthander Phil Dumatrait.
“Definitely an adrenaline rush,” Dumatrait said.
An adrenaline rush that had an obvious affect on the 25-year-old (and Red Sox 2000 first-rounder).
“He was impressive,” Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell said. “Good velocity, good location, good composure and he repeated his delivery well. Nice arm.”
The brief rundown on Schilling: full six innings, 98 pitches in all.
“He threw a sim(ulated) game five days ago and watching him is really something,” Farrell said. “He approaches everything like it’s the seventh game of the World Series. The work ethic is phenomenal. He’s ready to go.”
So, apparently is Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, who took Schilling deep to the opposite field, and hit the ball hard all day in front of a host of Red Sox’ brass that included general manager Theo Epstein.
“That guy is a beast,” Farrell said. “A very physical player with some kind of bat speed and natural raw power . . . power that plays everywhere.”
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