Red Sox pregame notes: Dice-K, Bard, Atchison updates

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Red Sox pregame notes: Dice-K, Bard, Atchison updates

BOSTON - Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka went three innings Sunday for Triple-A Pawtucket in his second rehab start from a strained right upper trapezius. He gave up four runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

The first two innings he threw the ball a lot better than he has, Valentine said. When there was an error made behind him and a couple of guys got on base, he lost a little of his command. But Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler thought it was the best hes seen him so far.

Daniel Bard has appeared in 23 games, spanning 24 23 innings, for Pawtucket, giving up 19 runs (18 earned) on 21 hits and 19 walks with 26 strikeouts. In his last outing, Sunday against Lehigh Valley, he allowed two runs on a hit and two walks with two strikeouts.

Arnie and pitching coach Rich Sauveur both give reports every time they pitch and the latest is that they like all the progress, Valentine said. They sent him out for the second inning the other night and he wasnt quite what they were hoping for. But the first inning was terrific. Hes getting close to helping us.

Right-hander Scott Atchison, on the DL since July 14,met with Dr. James Andrews today in Florida to get a second opinion on the tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Valentine said Atchison will take a couple of days to evaluate the opinions before making a decision.

Andrew Bailey, on the DL all season after thumb surgery, threw an inning for Double-A Portland Sunday, giving up one run on three this with two strikeouts. He is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games for the first time on Wednesday and Thursday with Pawtucket. He is expected to make a few more appearances after that before being activated.

Valentine does not expect to have Vicente Padilla available in the bullpen tonight. Padilla is dealing with some soreness in his biceps, triceps, and groin

Left-hander Rich Hill, on the DL since June 9 with an elbow strain, could begin a rehab assignment later this week. Valentine said Hill is expected to go to Fort Myers at the conclusion of the homestand. Hill will probably throw some batting practices before getting into a game with the CGL Red Sox.

Josh Beckett is still on schedule to start the homestand finale, Wednesday against the Rangers. He threw on flat ground today, but is not expected to have a bullpen session before his start.

I think because hes pitching Wednesday he didnt need a bullpen, Valentine said

Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.