Japanese reliever Hirokazu Sawamura is having a troublesome time of it via two spring coaching appearances for the Red Sox.

On Monday, for the second time in as many outings, Sawamura did not get via a full inning. The massive drawback to this point has been management — Sawamura has confronted 12 hitters in two appearances and walked six of them.

In the Red Sox’ 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay Monday afternoon, Sawamura loaded the bases after which, on an in depth pitch, walked in a run. He additionally threw a wild pitch.

Still, the Sox aren’t about to panic but.

“Obviously, it’s not what we want,” acknowledged Alex Cora. “But on the identical time, it is his second outing. There’s an adjustment interval and we all know it isn’t as straightforward as folks assume. It’s solely his second outing, so I’m not going to make a giant deal about it. The motion on his pitches is nice. The break up is nice. It’s completely different due to who he’s, however (whether or not) he obtained three outs in a row or this occurred, it is simply development. He’s going to be OK when he is settled in. I’m comfy with him.”

Sawamura finds himself in one other tradition, in a brand new baseball atmosphere and adjusting to a brand new baseball and strike zone, so a studying curve was anticipated.

“We knew it,” said Cora. “I lived it in 2007 with Daisuke (Matsuzaka) and (Hideki Okajima) they usually (finally) did a great job for us. It’s not that straightforward. The clubhouse, housing, meals….all that stuff comes into play. We’re doing every little thing potential to make him really feel comfy and he’s. You can inform that he is into it, he is in a great place. It’s only a matter of him preserve working exhausting and begin getting his command.”

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