Encouraged by team's work ethic, Farrell gives regulars day off

Encouraged by team's work ethic, Farrell gives regulars day off

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Red Sox have their first official day off of Spring Training on Wednesday. However, manager John Farrell gave the majority of his position players an extra day of respite on Thursday.

Not only did Farrell have his projected starting nine skip the trip to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays, but he told most of them not to go to the ballpark at all.

Typically, when players don't go on a road trip for Spring Training, they participate in a workout at JetBlue Park.

"Our guys have worked very hard," said Farrell. "There's a fast-paced work to our team defense, our fundamentals to the individual things that go on to the point where I gave the majority of the [position players] the day off, and they don't even show up to the ballpark today."

Part of Farrell's reasoning is that the Red Sox had an unprecedented number of players arrive at camp early this spring.

"We had 48 players report a week before pitchers and catchers even started," said Farrell. "And they're deserving of a little bit of a breather today. That's where things have evolved to. There are a lot of good things going on there."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.