MILWAUKEE -- As part of a giant reorganization of the team's medical staff, the Red Sox have eliminated the position of medical director, effectively severing ties with Dr. Thomas Gill, who held the post over the last seven seasons, multiple sources said.
Gill was offered the opportunity to remain in a reduced capacity with the team, serving as a consulting physician. But, according to sources, Gill turned down the offer because he would not have authority over the team's medical and training staff.
The moves are made by new general manager Ben Cherington. Cherington was unavailable for comment Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, speaking with reporters, Cherington acknowledged that he was in the midst of re-organizing the team's medical staff, but wasn't in a position to specify the changes.
Gill is the third member of the medical and training staff to leave the club since the end of the season. Two weeks ago, trainer Greg Barajas and strength and conditioning coach Dave Page were fired from their positions.
According to sources, it's likely that someone else from Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine Group's -- headed by Gill -- will serve as the consulting orthopedist for the Sox. A likely choice is Dr. Peter Asnis, who currently serves as the Boston Bruins' team physician.
Gill came under fire in 2010 when outfielder's Jacoby Ellsbury's fractured ribs went undiagnosed for several months, causing the outfielder to miss all but 18 games that season.
Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.