Adrian Gonzalez says his workouts are back to normal. Now he just hopes his shoulder follows suit.
The Red Sox' prized addition this offseason has arrived at Fort Myers, Fla. early -- he is reportedly the first Red Sox position player to report -- and started preparing for the official start of spring training next week.
He says he's working out normally, but that his surgically-repaired right shoulder isn't yet at full strength.
"Workouts are pretty much normal now," he said. "Not limited to any extent. Getting that full range of motion back, getting strength and continuing on."
The All-Star first baseman isn't concerned about signing the contract extension that has been pending since the Red Sox traded for him in December. Once he is fully healthy, he expects contract talks to heat up.
"We dont have any deadline or anything like that," said Gonzalez. "When I'm healthy and they see that I'm healthy and we all decide to sit and talk about something like that, we'll do that at that point. Right now the main thing for me is just getting healthy."
Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.
He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.
Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.
Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17.
With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games.
The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings.
The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.