The most up-to-date content on the planet
this just in
 RSS
WEEI » This Just In » Lavarnway on roster: 'However I can help'
Sun, 02/10/2013 - 11:03am  

Lavarnway on roster: 'However I can help'

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Ryan Lavarnway understands the deal.

There are two veteran catchers on the Red Sox roster in Jarrod Saltalmacchia and David Ross, the Red Sox are most likely only going to carry two catchers, and Lavarnway has an option.

It’s a dynamic that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington took a step toward clarifying in his comments Saturday, saying, “Well, right now, our expectation is Salty and Ross, their the two proven guys and we signed Ross for a reason and Salty has continued to build on each year and has added some things and gotten better and he’s a power threat and capable of being one of the best catchers in the league. We’ve seen that. We’ve seen other parts of season where he’s struggled. He’s still a young guy. We expect him to continue to develop and he might be even better this year than he was last year. We think Salty and Ross complement each other well. And we feel pretty good about where we are catching-wise.

“Ryan Lavarnway has come a long way. We think he’s going to be a really good player for us. Sometimes the sort of clock doesn’t start exactly w hen the player wants to. He’s proven at the triple a level that he’s capable of helping a major league team. That’s going to happen. We just don’t know exactly when.”

Lavarnway’s take on the situation?

“For me, I want to win the World Series,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m there for however long. We play this game to win and if you’re not playing this game to win then I don’t know why you’re playing. However I can help. If they want me to do something else to get better other than being on the active roster then I’ll go down and get better and I’ll help us win more later. But I think I can help us win and help the pitchers be their best. The last couple of years haven’t been fun because we’re not winning and we have to get back to that.”

Lavarnway, who played in 46 games with the Red Sox last season after totaling 17 appearances in the majors in 2011, said nobody has discussed the situation with him. So, for now, the 25-year-old is solely focusing on what he can control.

What the catcher did was go out and change his body once again, this time adding 10 pounds of muscle to his frame while working out in Colorado. It was a strategy born from the reality that became ’12.

“In years past I focused a lot of on losing weight and trying to get stronger while at the same time being lighter. This year I didn’t concern myself so much with losing weight. I just wanted to be really strong,” he said. “I lost 28 pounds last year. I actually lost it twice because I got sick the one time. It had more of an effect on me than I thought and didn’t notice it until later. That’s not a healthy transition for me to go through it twice. I noticed it later in the year.

“At the beginning offspring training Ben had said, ‘We want to try and stay thinner this year,’ where in years past I’ve had strong second halves and that was when I was heavier. But I’m strong right now. Guys I’ve told I was going to stay heavier said, ‘I thought you were going to stay heavier.’ I told them, ‘I am.’ I’m lean, but I’m still heavy at the same time, so that’s good.”

A chief concern of Lavarnway’s was his inability to produce the kind of power that had put his talents on Major League Baseball’s radar in ’11. That year he hit 32 homers in the minors, with a .939 OPS. During his time in the minors in ’12, the righty hitter totaled eight homers and an .815 OPS.

“A lot of the year I hit a lot of fly balls to the warning track. There were lot of not-quites,” said Lavarnway, who is at 240 pounds, up 10 pounds from a year ago. “I think I started to try and manufacture power, and that’s not how I hit. When you start trying to force it that’s never good.

“It’s frustrating to be hitting to the warning track and then the next hitter is Middlebrooks and he’s hitting it 50 feet over the fence, so you can’t blame the wind because somebody is putting it out. The year before I was the guy that it felt like every other day I was hitting them. It got a little bit frustrating, I tried to force it and that’s not good. This year I want to stay a little more discipline, and hopefully stay strong because I feel great right now.”

And, for Lavarnway, it was more than just the home runs.

“For me it’s about discipline because the harder I swing the ball isn’t going to go any farther,” he said. “When I swing harder, my swing is longer, I don’t get to the pitch inside as well and you end up missing pitches if you didn’t swing as hard you probably would hit 400 feet. Also, you aren’t going to hit a bad pitch well. I want to get back to my discipline and that will bring success with it.”




Audio On Demand

Mike Reiss with Dale, Hol…

Mike Reiss with Dale, Holley and Thornton

Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- Roger Goodell is maddening! -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.

NFL SUNDAY with Mike Giardi and Chris Price -- A look at the AFC East post NFL Draft -- 5-1-16

Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins…

Jeff Goodman, ESPN, joins Giardi and Bradford to preview the NBA Draft and the future of the Celtics - "They're looking to get a starter this year, a starter in next year's draft and possibly a free agent starter...Kevin Durant is not coming here." ...

Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.

Head Coach Brad Stevens with Dale and Holley

Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.

WEEI Celtics Podcast - NBA.com's Ian Thomsen on Spurs-Thunder Ending, Danny Ainge's next move for Celtics 5/3

Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

5-28 Danny Picard - Red Sox Review

Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.

Tim Neverett talks with John Farrell on Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen

Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean…

SUNDAY SKATE with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- A look toward the future for the Bruins -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.

SUNDAY SKATE with WEEI's DJ Bean and Uproxx's Pete Blackburn -- They got what they wanted...Claude Julien is staying in Boston -- 4-17-16

DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

Butch Stearns with DJ Bean and Pete Blackburn -- The season is officially over for the Bruins; where do we go from here? -- 4-10-16

Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.

D&C w/ Mut Butch & Meter …

D&C w/ Mut Butch & Meter - Will Malcolm Butler hold out? Is he more valuable than Jamie Collins or Dont'a Hightower? 5-30-16

Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?

D&C w/ Mut, Butch & Meter - Do Kevin Durant's struggles in Games 5 & 6 change your opinion of him? 5-30-16

Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?

D&C w/ Mut & Meter - Headlines, Headlines, Headlines with Robert Kraft, Julian Edelman, and Johnny Depp in the news 5-30-16

Jon Meterparel handles Kirk Minhane's Headlines segment with sound from Robert Kraft at a Jewish University's commencement speech, Julian Edelman screaming 'Free Brady', and Johnny Depp in trouble with his ex Amanda Heard

Swimming With Sharks 5-27…

Swimming With Sharks 5-27-16

Christian shares his fear of shark attacks...in a pool.

Travis Shaw Joins OMF, 5-27-16

Travis Shaw talks about Clay Buccholz, David Ortiz, and his fear of the dark when he was a kid.

OMF, Whiner Line 5/27

No one is safe from OMF's Whiner Line.

Laroy Streat's Freestyle …

Laroy Streat's Freestyle Friday via the Dale & Holley Show

Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!

Dale and Holley's Final Drive Including Laroy's Freestyle Friday 5/27/16

We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.

Dale and Holley's Freestyle Friday Hour 2 - Red Sox Pitching and Triple A.

The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.

Red Sox Review with Danny…

Red Sox Review with Danny Picard, 5-29-16

Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-26-16

Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-25-16

Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

Unsportsmanlike Podcast -…

Unsportsmanlike Podcast - Graig Murphy 2

Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.

SoccerCast - Champions League Final Preview

Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.

Enough About Me - Ep. 15: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

Lucy goes after Dino, 5-2…

Lucy goes after Dino, 5-27-16

Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.

More from this show

Ep. 15: Pete Sheppard

Ep. 15: Pete Sheppard

The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.

More from this show

OMF, Whiner Line 5/27

OMF, Whiner Line 5/27

No one is safe from OMF's Whiner Line.

More from this show

Giardi and Bradford discu…

Giardi and Bradford discuss the Patriots and if anything significant can be learned from OTAs? -- 5-29-16

Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.

More from this show

Mustard & Johnson - GO PA…

Mustard & Johnson - GO PATRIOTS! You won't like him when he's angry

Deflategate rage explodes on the guys. They argue whether Brady is dragging it out or he should defend his innocence and the callers get in on the action.

More from this show

News & Analysis