Red Sox Notes: Ortiz takes 50 swings off tee

Red Sox Notes: Ortiz takes 50 swings off tee
March 19, 2013, 8:00 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - David Ortiz worked out and took 50 swings off a tee in the batting cage on Tuesday. This represents progress for Ortiz, who is still rehabbing from the right Achilles injury that limited him to 90 games last season. The Red Sox had hoped Ortiz, who had been shut down for more than a week to rest his ailing heels could take batting practice on Monday. But that did not happen.

“We’ll see how he comes out of it tomorrow when he reports in,” said manager John Farrell.

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With two outs and Manny Machado on first base in the second inning, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and first baseman Mike Napoli successfully connected on an inning-ending pick-off for the first time this spring.
 
“We feel comfortable with [Napoli’s] reads and he being a former catcher he knows when certain pitchers get to a certain area it’s a possibility of a backdoor pick which was the case today,” said Farrell. “And any time you see for the first time that they execute it with mike at first, it’s just that. It’s a first and it was successful today.”
 
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Shortstop Stephen Drew flew to Pittsburgh Tuesday to be examined by Dr. Michael Collins at the University of Pittsburgh, a leading facility on treating concussion symptoms. Although there is generally the perception that flying is not advised for someone dealing with concussion symptoms, the team’s medical staff had no such concerns.
 
“And that was something that was discussed prior to the travel,” Farrell said. “There wasn’t any hesitation on the doctors’ part getting him up there.”
 
Drew, who had  a slight decrease in his symptoms on Tuesday, is expected back in Fort Myers on Thursday afternoon.
 
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Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-3, with a fifth-inning single, and is batting .243 this spring. In 13 Grapefruit League games he is 9-for-37, with three doubles, five walks, three strikeouts, an RBI, and five runs scored.

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Jackie Bradley went 1-for-2 with an RBI and is now hitting .439. In 19 games he is 18-for-41, nine runs scored, two doubles, a home run, five RBI, eight walks, five strikeouts. He is 1-for-2 in stolen bases and has been hit by a pitch twice.

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Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-3 with a double, raising his average to .313. In 13 games he is 10-for-32 with five runs scored, five doubles, a home run, five RBI, three walks and six strikeouts.

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Drew Sutton, who pinch-ran for Middlebrooks in the sixth, went 2-for-2 with a runs scored and is now batting .296. In 16 games he is 8-for-27, with five runs scored, a double, two RBI, eight walks, and six strikeouts.

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Principal owner John Henry was in camp on Tuesday.

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The Red Sox travel to Tampa on Wednesday to face the Yankees. Left-hander Felix Doubront is scheduled to make his second start in Tampa in as many springs. Clayton Mortensen, Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, and Anthony Carter are also expected to pitch. The travel roster includes David Ross, Mike Carp. Jonathan Diaz, Mauro Gomez, Brock Holt, Jose Iglesias, Drew Sutton, Jackie Bradley, Daniel Nava, and Ryan Sweeney.