Quick hits with Delcarmen

February, 26, 2010
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With the exception of one open spot, the Boston Red Sox bullpen seems pretty much set to start the 2010 season.

Already in place are some familiar faces and arms, including Manny Delcarmen, Jonathan Papelbon, Ramon Ramirez, Hideki Okajima and Daniel Bard.

“We’ve got five guys back and some new faces. It’s a pretty good thing,” said Delcarmen. “It shows they have a lot of trust in us. Not having [Takashi] Saito and [Billy] Wagner is a little different, but there are a couple of guys fighting for spots, so it’s going to be exciting to see this spring. We’re definitely strong. We’ve been strong the last three or four years, so hopefully it’s going to be another special season.”

Delcarmen and the Sox avoided arbitration this offseason and the right-hander was given a one-year $905,000 contract with a $15,000 bonus if he makes 65 appearances.

“It’s good,” he said of the deal. “I’m just excited for the season to start. I’m pretty excited about this team, too.”

It’s clear the 6-foot-2 Boston native has bulked up during the offseason after he posted a 5-2 record with a 4.53 ERA in 64 appearances in 2009. He walked 34 and struck out 44 in 59 2/3 innings of work.

“I’m actually a slim 210 pounds,” he said jokingly. “My wife’s cooking must be good. I kept the same offseason program and definitely pushed my throwing up a little because I felt I needed a little more rest this winter. I feel great and feel great on the mound. I’m ready to go.”

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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