FORT MYERS, Fla. Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, who is still recovering from a right Achilles strain, are cleared to hit. But both are restricted in their on-field activity.
But as we get through the end of this month that repetition will certainly become more, manager John Farrell said.
Asked who his No. 3 hitter would be, Farrell replied:
Right now, just if I was to sketch something out, it would be David Ortiz against right-handers and it might be Dustin Pedroia against left-handers. That way it puts Shane Victorino in the two-hole against some left-handed pitching to take advantage of his splits. The guy that obviously has got a lot of production against lefties is Jonny Gomes, as well. Theres some thought and variations to it but thats initially one of them.
Victorino arrived at Red Sox camp on Thursday, but his time with the team there will be cut short. He will participate in the World Baseball Classic, which will force him to leave early.
Farrell said Victorino has been assured of getting an adequate number of at-bats in the WBC to prepare for the regular season.