- Right-hander Koji Uehara preceded Bard to the mound, following starter Ryan Dempster. He went one inning, giving up a hit with two walks – the first hit and walk he’s allowed this spring --and a strikeout. In six outings this spring, spanning six innings, he has yet to give up a run, with six strikeouts.
“He puts up another zero as he’s done all spring,” said Farrell. “Made a couple of quality pitches that were borderline. But still you’re starting to see some additional arm strength with him. Not that we measure anything just by velocity with him. But the lateness to his split, a little bit more crispness to the fastball. Another solid day from the mound.”
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI, his first of the season. He is now hitting .250, going 7-for-28.
- Will Middlebrooks went 1-for-3, a three-run double in the Sox’ four-run second inning. He is hitting .261 this spring, going 6-for-23, with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, five RBI, three walks, and five strikeouts.
- Catcher David Ross is batting .071 in seven games, going 1-for-14, with a home run, three walks, four runs batted in, two runs scored, and six strikeouts.
- Farrell did not have an update after the game on left-hander Franklin Morales who had gone to Boston to have his back examined.
- Shortstop Stephen Drew, who took an online test Thursday, was not cleared from concussion symptoms, as the Red Sox had hoped.
“[He] still fought some symptoms even before he left the ballpark today,” Farrell said. “He’s still got some of the concussion symptoms that we talked about, and they’re not clearing up maybe as we first anticipated. So we just got to remain patient with this and give him the appropriate time needed.”
Drew has not appeared in a game since March 7 against the Twins, when he was hit in the helmet by pitch. Asked if it could be something Drew and the Sox deal with on a long-term basis, Farrell replied: “Well, you really never know. These are so case by case. Certainly we’re hopeful that it’s not. Based on the impact at the time it didn’t seem to be a direct blow but yet we’re certainly not taking this lightly and then we’ll go through every precautionary step that we need to.
- Joel Hanrahan returned to camp after going to Boston on Sunday to be with his wife Kim for the birth of their first child, a son, Ryan, who was born on Monday. Hanrahan was scheduled for a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected back in a game Sunday against the Rays. The Sox reported Kim and Ryan are doing fine.
It's a welcome sight to see the Bruins' trademark toughness and standing up for teammates on display in their preseason finale.