Notes: Napoli and Ortiz to sit out early exhibitions

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Notes: Napoli and Ortiz to sit out early exhibitions

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Sox begin exhibition games later this week, but for now, both first baseman Mike Napoli (hip) and David Ortiz (Achilles) are scheduled to be held out of the first few.

Napoli is taking ground balls with the starting infield in morning workouts, then getting some extas after the workout.

"Napoli's making very good progress,'' said manager John Farrell, ''so I can't imagine that it would be too far into the game scheduled before he'll get on the field.''

As for Ortiz, he's been limited to mostly hitting while also executing some agility drills. He's yet to be cleared to run the bases.

"He's not there yet,'' said Farrell. "He's got some protocol to complete with that yet -- increased intensity as we get along that calendar. The most important thing is that we continue on that incline all the way to the start of the season.''

Xander Bogaerts took grounders at third base, in anticipation of playing the position for the Netherlanders in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He'll also play third base against Boston College on Thursday.

"He's an infielder,' said Farrell, "and he's got a lot of natural ability and instincts there. But we'll get two days of work days with him there and get him in the game on Thursday. The only concern would be the different angles. A shortstop's got the ability to wait -- he's further away from the ball. Here, it's a little bit more reactionary and there are different angles.

"There's no real concern. It's just (a matter of) getting comfortable with the angle he'll be seeing on ground balls.''

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.