FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Franklin Morales, who received an injection in his back at the beginning of the week, is progressing.
“Hoping for him to start a throwing program in the next couple of days,” Farrell said. “Increased workouts with the strength coaches. So the symptoms have decreased substantially, to the point of starting to address core stabilization.”
- Morales and Craig Breslow (shoulder) are not going to be ready for Opening Day, leaving Andrew Miller as the only left-hander in the bullpen.
“And we feel like with [Koji] Uehara’s capability against left-handers, as well, we’re going to take the best 12 pitchers that are available to us,” Farrell said. “Any time you have two proven big leaguers [unavailable] it reduces the overall depth, and less of an ability to match up in that sixth, seventh inning.”
- Shane Victorino is back in the lineup for the first time since returning from the World Baseball Classic.
“He needs to catch up on some at-bats,” Farrell said. “We’re obviously not going to run him out there for six, seven days in a row. But to get him back in some consistent timing that starts back here today.”
- It will be seven weeks on Tuesday since Ryan Kalish underwent right shoulder arthroscopy and posterior labrum repair. He began running at the six-week mark but won’t begin hitting until May.
- Jackie Bradley’s .568 on-base percentage is best among all spring training qualifiers and is tied for fourth with a .457 average. He is 16-for-35, with two doubles, a home run four RBI, eight runs scored and a stolen base in 16 Grapefruit League games. He leads the Sox with 90 defensive innings played, 78 in center field, 12 in right.
- Xander Bogaerts is batting .263, 5-for-19 with two doubles, an RBI, and three walks in seven games for Team Netherlands in the WBC. The Netherlands next plays tomorrow night against the Dominican Republic in a semi-final game in San Francisco.