Red Sox Notes: Padilla, Carpenter, Aviles, Epstein

March 13, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles (3) smiles in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Spring Training is full of drama at Fort Myers, with the power struggle between Bobby Valentine and Ben Charington resulting in Jose Iglesias to Pawtucket. For now, some baseball notes.'

  • Rob Bradford from WEEI.com via Twitter reports that Red Sox pitcher Vincente Padilla would rather pitch in the Boston bullpen than pursue a starting opportunity on another club.
  • Gordan Edes from ESPN Boston reports that right handed pitcher Chris Carpenter will have surgery on his pitching elbow to remove a bone spur. The Red Sox acquired Carpenter from the Chicago Cubs for Theo Epstein.
  • Bradford also writes on WEEI.com that giving short stop Mike Aviles a chance to start the season is not such a bad idea, despite the protests.
  • Kirk Minihane, also from WEEI writes about the free agent mistakes that have been made by former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, and how they still affect the team today.
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