Red Sox notes: Ortiz hitless in PawSox return

Red Sox notes: Ortiz hitless in PawSox return
April 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
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CLEVELAND —- David Ortiz was 0-for-4 in four plate appearances as the DH for Pawtucket Tuesday afternoon.
     
Ortiz had been scratched Monday because of a spasm in the left heel -- not the injured heel.
     
"He did get four at-bats [Tuesday]," said manager John Farrell. "We're hopeful that by the end of this week, he's still able to rejoin us. He ran the bases fine [Tuesday], so there was no ill effect coming out of [the] game. It was just a matter of getting some timing and some at-bats. Over the next two days, hopefully, we'll get anywhere from 8-to-10 at-bats and we'll re-assess at that time."
     
Asked if there was a chance Ortiz could be activated Friday when the Sox return from their brief road trip, Farrell said: "There's a chance."

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Cleveland started righty Ubaldo Jimenez Tuesday night but Farrell chose to have the right-handed hitting Jonny Gomes in the lineup over Jackie Bradley Jr., who's in the midst of an 0-for-20 slump.
     
"We've got six righties (in a row) coming up against us," said Farrell. "It's a matter of continuing [Bradley's] development, yet [putting] the best lineup we can on the field. That's what goes into it. It's a balance. It's something that I and we as a staff have to [do, to] continue to integrate him when possible, play him and make sure he doesn't go too [long] without getting the at-bats.
     
"I'm sure he'll be on the field at some point in this series."

Bradley did make it to the field Tuesday night, but as a defensive replacement in left field in the bottom of the ninth inning.

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Stephen Drew was out of the lineup Tuesday night in the series opener with Pedro Ciriaco getting the start at short.
     
But Farrell said Drew didn't have an injury.
     
"This was a down day for him," said Farrell. "It was planned. With the abbreviated spring that he had (because of a concussion suffered on March 7), we almost had to consider that, with the stretch of games that we're going to have consecutively here, this is a day to give him a rest and keep Pedro involved."
     
Ciriaco's start was the second of the season; he was also in the starting lineup on April 6 in Toronto. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in the Red Sox' 7-2 victory.

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John Lackey (biceps strain) threw from a distance of 120 feet Tuesday, "with no complaints of any kind," according to Farrell.     

"It was probably a little more aggressive than he first anticipated," said Farrell, "but I think that's a clear sign that he feels good about where he is physically."