Ortiz held out of lineup to do cage work

Ortiz held out of lineup to do cage work
March 26, 2014, 10:45 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz was held out of the lineup Wednesday afternoon for the purpose of giving him a day to work on his swing in the cage with hitting coaches Greg Colbrunn and Victor Rodriguez.
    
Ortiz is hitting just .057 (2-for-35) this spring with 12 strikeouts and thought the day of work on the side would be more beneficial than four at-bats in a spring training game.
    
"He's going to go through his normal early work pre-game,'' said Farrell, "then get some extra work with Vic and Colby. It's going to be more of a specific work day.''
    
Farrell said Ortiz and the coaches have looked at video of Ortiz's swing.
    
"I think it's just more repetition,'' said Farrell of the work, "getting back to the work routine. Just watching his daily work here, with the bat speed and the way he takes BP, I thought he put a good swing on a ball the other day (in Sarasota) before we got rained out. I'm not overly concerned.
    
"Last year, he didn't have any (spring training) at bats and had 15 at-bats on a rehab assignment before he came back to us. We're not taking anything for granted, but not overly concerned either. As he gets deeper into his career, I think there's an understanding of what he needs and if he feels comfortable in the box and he's seeing the ball well, then everything's going to fall into place."