The Boston Red Sox can't help but be better this season under John Farrell, if they can just stay healthy. Last season capped a terrible run of injuries that contributed mightily to their last place finish in the AL East.

The Bosox had 27 players hit the disabled list last season, who missed a combined total of 1,495 games - even more than the Blue Jays. In 2011 it was 18 players on the DL and in 2010, 19.

Even now the Red Sox aren't 100 per cent. Mike Napoli is coming off a hip injury and is only running full out in drills and just between first and second base. Star designated hitter David Ortiz is still another week away from running, and right hander Clay Buchholz is nursing a bit of a hamstring problem and is hoping to make his first spring start on Thursday. Right hander John Lackey, who missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery, is slowly working his way back into the rotation as well.

Concerns about the starting rotation might eventually create at opportunity for 27-year-old Steven Wright. This afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, Wright is slated to face R.A. Dickey, who will be making his Blue Jays debut. What's interesting about this is Dickey, the last man standing as it were as far as throwing the knuckleball, will be facing a young man 11 years his junior who is trying to prove he can throw the knuckler in the same fashion as Dickey.