Coffee and Clippings: Edmonds tutors Grichuk in center field

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Cardinals instructor Jim Edmonds and his work with Randal Grichuk….

The Cardinals’ former All-Star tightened his shoes, walked out to his old haunt, and brought young Randal Grichuk with him. For the past week, the eight-time Gold Glove winner had been talking to Grichuk about the position he’s about to inherit. Edmonds offered tips and tricks, stances and nuances, and spent time recalling everything he had to tell.

It was time to show.

“I wanted to give him a game situation through my eyes,” Edmonds said. “Jose Oquendo and Ozzie (Smith) can’t stand beside the shortstop in a game and say, ‘Hey, here’s what is going on. Hey, don’t forget the double play. Hey, look for this.’ It’s something you have to find a way to do on your own and that’s hard when nothing is on the line. This was the opportunity.”…

Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) of the Washington Post highlights Max Scherzer’s all out demeanor in early Spring…

It was an exhausting schedule for everyone but Scherzer. He didn’t look like he had been at Space Coast Stadium since about dawn, joining the Washington Nationals for a hectic schedule that included photo day, live hits from ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” a visit from Major League Baseball officials led by former managers Joe Torre and Jim Leyland and an intrasquad scrimmage. Thirty minutes earlier, Scherzer had thrown 23 pitches in a scoreless inning of work during the game, but he was already out of his uniform and dressed in shorts and running shoes, ready to exercise.

If you had asked him to jog a mile, he probably would have sprinted. You can’t measure his vivacity on a scale of 1-10 because Scherzer would make the needle break. At all times, he is turned up to 25, at least.

“You’ve got questions!” he exclaimed to reporters. “I’ve got answers!”…

Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) of the Providence journal discusses Joe Kelly’s prospects of making the starting rotation…

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The door is not wide open for Roenis Elias, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens or Steven Wright to beat out Joe Kelly for the fifth spot in the Red Sox rotation.

The door is not closed, however.

“Joe Kelly certainly has the lead on that fifth spot,” Boston manager John Farrell said as spring training opened. “But we can’t ever take for granted that injury or performance might not cause us to make decisions.”

Kelly finished last season with a 4.82 ERA in his 25 big-league starts, hardly the numbers of a pitcher assured of a job going forward. But while he carried a 5.67 ERA when the Red Sox shipped him off to Triple-A Pawtucket for a month to learn to use his repertoire of pitches, he posted an encouraging 3.77 ERA in 11 starts after his return. From Aug. 7 on, he posted a 2.35 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 16 walks….

Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe on Blake Swiharts’ handling of the Red Sox pitching staff…

Blake Swihart was a take-charge catcher in the minor leagues, unafraid to go to the mound and tell a pitcher what he was thinking. If Swihart saw Henry Owens falling out of his mechanics or Brian Johnson working a little too fast, he’d fix it.

That’s how he was taught, that a catcher should be an extension of the coaching staff on the field.

“I think I’d be a better pitching coach than I would be a catching coach,” Swihart said. “You see so many different deliveries, you know the little changes you can suggest to get guys back on track.

That became harder when Swihart was called up to the majors last May. Swihart knew little about veterans like Rick Porcello and Wade Miley and was uncomfortable with the idea of correcting them….