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MLB Notebook: Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush trying to keep pitchers ready from afar

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Under more ordinary circumstances, Dave Bush would be a week and a half into his first season as Red Sox pitching coach -- studying scouting reports, conducting meetings, producing game plans and overseeing bullpen sessions.

But these, of course, are not ordinary circumstances.

So, instead, "hunkered down'' from his home near Portland, Maine, Bush is overseeing the Red Sox' pitching staff remotely. He's doing so without much of a template since this hasn't been done before.

It's Bush's job to make sure that his pitchers stay ready for a season that could resume in two months ... or not at all. The adjustments -- to an unofficial timetable -- happen regularly and Bush is constantly revising his directives to his pitchers remotely.

"When we first left Fort Myers,'' said Bush, "there was still a thought that we'd start up again, sooner rather than later. At the time, there was a push to continue throwing as much as possible to stay pretty close to game-ready. Within a week after that, it became evident that we weren't going to be starting again anytime soon.''

Beyond issues with a non-existent timetable, there's the matter of resources. Some pitchers reside in states where few restrictions exist; others are limited by stay-at-home directives, unable to work in gyms or other baseball facilities. Some throw against a wall or net from home; others have the freedom and ability to throw from actual mounds to catchers.

Bush is in contact with his pitchers "at least