Red Sox notes: Thornton looked 'strong' in pen

Red Sox notes: Thornton looked 'strong' in pen
August 18, 2013, 7:15 pm
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BOSTON -- Matt Thornton threw his second bullpen of the weekend on Sunday, and manager John Farrell said that the lefty reliever looked "strong."

The plan going forward for Thornton -- who also threw a bullpen Friday as he works his way back to full health after suffering a right oblique strain earlier this month -- is to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday and then either take a minor-league rehab assignment or stay with the team and throw a simulated game.

Farrell said he would talk to Thornton Sunday before any decision would be made as to the plan following Tuesday's bullpen.

* Mike Napoli is not in Sunday night's starting lineup due to a foot injury that forced him to be a late scratch against the Yankees on Saturday.

Farrell indicated that Napoli's injury would be reassessed before the start of a three-game series between the Red Sox and Giants that begins on Monday.

* The Red Sox will go without a designated hitter for their six-game road trip against the Giants and Dodgers later this week. Farrell said he expected David Ortiz to play two of the three games in San Francisco at first base.  How he will be used in Los Angeles is yet to be determined.

* Rosters can be expanded come September, but the Red Sox still have only had very preliminary discussions as to who the team may call up to the big-league club for the final month of the regular season.

"We haven't even gotten to the final number or the focus group [to determine] who would be here," Farrell said. "We're still a ways away from that."

While it would make sense to add bullpen arms or a right-handed bat -- 20-year-old phenom shortstop Xander Bogaerts, maybe? -- Farrell explained that the team didn't plan to recall anyone just to help them gain major-league experience. Anyone brought on board would only be brought on board because the team believes he can make an impact.

"I recognize that some experience in September is beneficial for a young player," Farrell said, "but we're in the heat of it. Guys that come here would have the ability to help us."