Gonzalez hopes to resolve his health, contract

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Gonzalez hopes to resolve his health, contract

By SeanMcAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez is happy to be a member of the Red Sox. He'll be happier still when two issues get resolved -- his surgically-repaired right shoulder and a completed contract extension.

Gonzalez underwent surgery on his right shoulder in October, but is waiting to get get clearance from surgeon Dr. David Altchek to begin swinging. That should come next week and could put him a week ahead of schedule.

"I'm looking forward to that day," he said. "I've been counting the days now. Hopefully, when the doctor sees me, he clears me and I can start swinging that day or the following day. It's different (not being allowed to swing at the start of spring training), but I'm in no rush. It's a process and you don't want to get ahead of anything."

Gonzalez said he and the Red Sox were waiting to hear back from Altcheck Thursday to set up an appointment. The visit will take place in Port St. Lucie, across the state (Altchek is based there as the Mets' team physician), and should take no longer than 15 or 20 minutes.

Originally, the Sox and Gonzalez had set March 1 as a tentative date for when the first baseman would beging swinging, with a Grapefruit League debut three weeks later. Under the revised timetable, Gonzalez would appear to be about a week ahead of schedule, meaning he might see some game action in the second week of March.

"There's zero discomfort, zero limitations (with the shoulder)," he said. "I'm exactly where I need to be post-surgery. Everything's going as planned. It feels great. I know I could swing today if I wanted to, but there's no rush. I'll be ready for Opening Day. I feel like I'll be 100 percent. April 1 is definitely something I should be ready for."

Gonzalez added that he customarily doesn't swing until "spring training, so I'm not too far behind," where he would be in any other off-season.

Then there's the issue of his contract. There's a general feeling around the Red Sox that Gonzalez and the club have essentially reached agreement on a seven-year, 154 million extension, but are waiting until after Opening Day -- for payroll and luxury tax purposes -- to finalize it and officially announce it.

"Hopefully, we can get it done sooner rather than later," said Gonzalez. "From my end, I want to show them I'm healthy and I'm playing 100 percent out there."

Gonzalez said he watched the recently concluded negotiations involving Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals with some interest, but said those talks wouldn't have much influence on his own.

"He's him and I'm me," said Gonzalez. "For the most part I feel he's the best player in the game so you can't really compare yourself to him."

Said GM Theo Epstein: "I think it was well documented that we had a lot of conversations in the window that led up to the trade. As we said at the time, we developed a lot of mutual trust and understanding. When the time is right, I think both sides will be able to sit down, be fair with each other and hopefully work something out."

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.