BOSTON -- Veteran reliever Jose Veras has taken rookie and fellow Dominican Jose Cisnero under his wing. Veras was impressed with Cisnero this spring and isn't surprised the 24-year-old right-hander was able to throw 5 2/3 innings in two appearances in his debut.
"He's a good pitcher," Veras said. "You can see the way he's been throwing the ball is the way you have to pitch at this level, keep the ball down. You keep the ball down and you can get the job done. He keeps pitching and attacking the zone. You can see he looks comfortable on the mound."
Veras was intrigued about Cisnero after watching him throw this spring and asked about his background. Cisnero went a combined 13-7 with a 3.70 ERA in 28 combined starts last year for Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi.
"As soon as I saw this guy in Spring Training, I knew he had good stuff," Veras said. "As soon as I saw him throw in the bullpen and then a couple of innings in the spring, I said, 'This guy can be good at this level.' When you have the talent he has and you keep the ball down the way he does, it's impressive to see a young kid control the ball like that."
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