BOSTON – David Ortiz is back in the lineup. For the first time since Aug. 24 David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup. It was the first time in his managerial tenure with the Sox, John Farrell was able to write Ortiz’s name on the lineup card.
“Very good,” Farrell said of being able to do so.
“To see him walk in the clubhouse the energy and the excitement that always seems to surround him, not only the ability of him as player and a hitter but having him in the lineup. As we said in Cleveland the other night and in anticipating David’s return, it lengthens out our lineup.”
Ortiz will likely need some days off, as he comes back from the right Achilles injury that limited him to just 90 games last season along with the heel ailments that kept him sidelined in spring training.
“We’ll work thru whatever needs he has from a physical standpoint and how he responds to daily play as our guide on how we continue to work him back into to every day play,” Farrell said.
· Joel Hanrahan, on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, continues his throwing program, but still feels some discomfort in the area.
“Hopefully in the next two to three days he would feel well enough to get back on the mound,” Farrell said.
· With Ortiz being activated, Jackie Bradley was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Although Bradley struggled at the plate while with the Sox, Farrell said his team in the major leagues should serve as a good learning experience.
“When balls are squared up the defense is that much more sharp,” Farrell said. “The understanding of the information that’s out there and how quickly it circulates that he can become pitched to. But at the same time to know that he’s a very important part of our organization as a player going forward. We fully expect and have the utmost confident he’s going to be a very good everyday player in time. Every player goes thru a transition period and hopefully he adds to that transition and makes it happen that much quicker for him. Players are going to fail and they’re going to get challenged and the fact that Jackie got it early on in his career I think will serve him well going forward.”