Red Sox notes: Iglesias looking confident at plate

Red Sox notes: Iglesias looking confident at plate
March 4, 2013, 8:45 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. ­­ -- Jose Iglesias went 2-for-2 with a run scored in the Red Sox 5-1 win over the Rays Monday. Iglesias, who has developed an all-glove-no-bat-reputation had two well-struck doubles, and has consistently hit the ball well this spring.
 
“They’re aggressive swings, solid contact, he looks pretty confident at the plate right now,” said manager John Farrell.
 
“This is a talented guy who was a high-profile Latin player when he was signed here. And the adjustments he’s made at the plate in the offseason really freed up his swing, and there’s aggressiveness there. And I think more than anything just being a little bit more upright in the box it’s allowed him to see the ball more consistently as he’s described. And the fact that he’s seeing the ball well, he’s hitting with some confidence.”

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Farrell was at Field 2 in the back of the Sox complex to watch Daniel Bard throw a one-inning, 18-pitch simulated outing Monday morning. He was pleased with what he saw. Bard has not pitched in a Grapefruit League game since Feb. 25, working on his mechanics, particularly his stride to the plate.
 
“He’s much more consistent through the lane in which he’s intending to throw,” Farrell said. “You’re not seeing too many balls that are running up to the arm side as might have been the case early in camp particularly with his fastball. I thought a positive step from taking it from the mound the other day to a simulated session today. I don’t have an exact day when he’s slated to be in a  game but that would be the next step.”

Farrell also was able to watch David Ortiz’s baserunning drills.
 
“Very aggressive,” Farrell said. “With each trip around the bases he ran with a little bit more intensity. I know he came out of it feeling good about himself and I’m sure tomorrow will be another base running drill that will be less intense, probably not as much volume. But I thought today was a very encouraging day for him.”

 
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Left fielder Jonny Gomes returned to the lineup Monday for the first time since Wednesday, when he opened a gash requiring three stitches in his left knee when he crashed into the outfield wall against the Orioles in Sarasota. He went 1-for-3 with three putouts.

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Farrell said he believes he will find a back-up first baseman/left fielder by the end of spring training. Mike Carp¸ Daniel Nava, and Lyle Overbay are among the group vying for the job.

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Representatives from the Players Association, including executive director Michael Weiner, were in camp Monday for their annual meeting with the players. The issue of PED abuse and penalties was one of the topics. Dustin Pedroia was vocal on Sunday in his support for commissioner Bud Selig’s call for tougher penalties. Weiner and Pedroia met separately to discuss the topic. Other items that came up during the nearly 90-minute meeting include free agent compensation, player participation in the World Baseball Classic, and the designated hitter.

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The Red Sox host Team Puerto Rico Tuesday night in an exhibition game that does not count toward Grapefruit League standings.