Game Day Notes: Ciriaco scratched

Game Day Notes: Ciriaco scratched
March 15, 2013, 11:15 pm
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The Red Sox finished up a busy Friday with a 5-0 win over the Twins. Earlier in the day, the Sox tied the Orioles 3-3 in an extra inning affair.

· Deven Marrero was a late addition to the Sox starting lineup, after Pedro Ciriaco was scratched shortly before game time because of back spasms. Marrero, the Sox first-round (24th overall) pick last year, went 2-for-3. He also played in the afternoon game against the Orioles in Sarasota. Replacing Jose Iglesias at short, he was 0-for-2.

Farrell said Ciriaco will be checked on Saturday.
“Hopefully this isn’t a long-term or multi-day deal,” he said. “It just locked up on him during BP.”
· Mike Napoli, playing on consecutive days for the second time this spring, went 0-for-3. He is batting .350, going 7-for-20, in eight games this spring.

· Shortstop Stephen Drew continues to experience concussion symptoms. He has not been in a game since March 7, when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch.
“Went through the impact testing on the bike with exertion,” Farrell said. “There was no increased symptoms. And it didn’t, with the raised heart rate, it didn’t intensify the symptoms that he’s currently feeling any worse. So right now that’s deemed as a positive. So we’ll continue to stay the course. But he’s still a ways away from getting back on the field. But the one thing you’re looking at in those tests is if it increases the symptoms. In this case it did not.”
Drew has been going through an exertion test each day, to determine if he is still experiencing symptoms, Farrell said.
“There’ll be a follow up to the on-line test as he is further along and gets closer to being back on the field,” he said. “Everything right now, all the tests are physical in nature.”
· Outfielder Mitch Maier injured his left wrist on a diving catch in the second inning of the afternoon game. He stayed in the game, but came out after reaching on a single in the top of the third.
“Sprained wrist,” Farrell said. “Scans when he got back here to the ballpark didn’t reveal any kind of fracture or anything like that. But we’ll continue to monitor him. It’s going to be a couple of days, the way he rolled his wrist on that diving catch earlier today. But fortunately no structural issues based on the flouroscans here.”