Monday, April 21, 2014
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"Every time I come up, I feel more and more comfortable -- with the guys and the routine, with (Manager Terry Francona) and (pitching coach) John Farrell," Bowden said. "More and more relaxed, like I know what I'm doing and I should be here."
Making it is one thing. Belonging is another.
Because of the wreck that is the bullpen, every arm will get a chance to contribute. The opportunity is there.
Kalish, Reddick and Nava may all be back in Pawtucket at the start of next season, assuming Boston keeps outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron, J.D. Drew and Darnell McDonald – although Kalish has made an impression that may hasten his return to Boston.
Navarro and Anderson are also likely headed back to Triple-A, with much competition for their infield spots, especially from two Sea Dogs: shortstop Jose Iglesias and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Not everyone will stay at Fenway, of course. Boston will not rebuild entirely with prospects. Some, like David Murphy, Brandon Moss and Justin Masterson before them, will leave in trades.
Other prospects will arrive at the Fenway doorstep next year. The pipeline from Portland will continue.
Staff Writer Kevin Thomas can be contacted at 791-6411 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org