Red Sox notes: Ortiz still experiencing soreness

Red Sox notes: Ortiz still experiencing soreness
March 7, 2013, 11:15 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A few early notes from Red Sox camp before we head west on Daniels Parkway for today’s game against the Twins at Hammond County Stadium at 1:05:

  • David Ortiz had been scheduled to resume his base running drills today. However, for now, that is to be determined. Ortiz, who will take batting practice, felt general soreness in the Achilles/ankle area in both legs this morning.  If he does run, it will be after BP, which starts at 10:20 am.
  • Clay Buchholz and Allen Webster are each scheduled for three innings and about 50 pitches today.  This will Buchholz’s second start of the spring, both against the Twins.  On Saturday he needed 43 pitches to get through 1 1/3 innings against the Twins.
  • Daniel Bard is also scheduled to pitch today, one inning. He has not been in a game since Feb. 25, working on his mechanics on the side.
  • Third baseman Will Middlebrooks is the latest with intestinal turmoil. He came in but was sent home.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Hamilton are feeling better and both are scheduled to play today. Ellsbury is in the starting lineup, leading off and playing center field. Hamilton is scheduled to sub for Jarrod Saltalamacchia serving as the designated hitter. Both Ellsbury and Hamilton should get two at-bats.
  • Shane Victorino, pinch-hitting for DH Joe Mauer, went  2-for-2 yesterday for Team USA against the Rockies. He is now 2-for-5 with Team USA, 0-for-11 with the Sox.
  • Left-hander Franklin Morales, who has been sidelined by lower back soreness, is scheduled to play catch from about 75 feet today. Manager John Farrell said much will be determined in the next 5-7 days regarding Morales’ availability for Opening Day.
  • Left-hander Craig Breslow’s Opening Day availability appears questionable.  He has been sidelined by soreness in his left shoulder. He just recently began a throwing program, and is on an every-other day schedule.  Today is a non-throwing day, doing strengthening work.
  • With two of the projected bullpen lefties now questionable, Andrew Miller is the only left-hander in the pen. But Farrell said he wouldn’t hesitate to use right-hander Koji Uehara as his ‘second lefty.’  Uehara’s career numbers against left-handed hitters are not much different than they are against righties. Against lefties: .216 batting average (86-for-399), .248 on-base percentage, .383 slugging percentage, 18 walks, 118 strikeouts. Against righties: .206 (80-for-389)/.226/.355/11.113. In 2012, those numbers against lefties were: .188 (13-for-69)/.197/.348/1/21; against righties: .125 (7-for56)/.155/.214/2/22.
  • Today’s lineup:

Ellsbury CF
Pedroia 2B
Drew SS
Napoli 1B
Lavarnway DH
Salty C
Nava LF
Sweeney RF
Sutton 3B

Pitchers after Buchholz: Webster, Carpenter, Uehara, Hanrahan, Bard.
Bench: Butler, Carp, Diaz, Hamilton, Holt, Bradley, Hazelbaker, Linares, Maier.