Notes: Napoli and Ortiz to sit out early exhibitions


Notes: Napoli and Ortiz to sit out early exhibitions

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Sox begin exhibition games later this week, but for now, both first baseman Mike Napoli (hip) and David Ortiz (Achilles) are scheduled to be held out of the first few.

Napoli is taking ground balls with the starting infield in morning workouts, then getting some extas after the workout.

"Napoli's making very good progress,'' said manager John Farrell, ''so I can't imagine that it would be too far into the game scheduled before he'll get on the field.''

As for Ortiz, he's been limited to mostly hitting while also executing some agility drills. He's yet to be cleared to run the bases.

"He's not there yet,'' said Farrell. "He's got some protocol to complete with that yet -- increased intensity as we get along that calendar. The most important thing is that we continue on that incline all the way to the start of the season.''

Xander Bogaerts took grounders at third base, in anticipation of playing the position for the Netherlanders in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He'll also play third base against Boston College on Thursday.

"He's an infielder,' said Farrell, "and he's got a lot of natural ability and instincts there. But we'll get two days of work days with him there and get him in the game on Thursday. The only concern would be the different angles. A shortstop's got the ability to wait -- he's further away from the ball. Here, it's a little bit more reactionary and there are different angles.

"There's no real concern. It's just (a matter of) getting comfortable with the angle he'll be seeing on ground balls.''

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

David Ortiz has new interpretation of 'spring training'

Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.

The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.

He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.

"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.

Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.

WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. explains why he wouldn't skip White House visit

Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely have a spotless attendance record for White House trips.

The Boston Red Sox outfielder began discussing those championship trips to meet the president after Red Sox chairman Tom Werner referenced the New England Patriots' Super Bowl win at a team get-together on Friday morning.

“If my team is going, yes, I’m going,” Bradley Jr. told's Rob Bradford, adding later, “I don’t like politics, not even a little bit.”

The Patriots so far have six players who have openly stated they will not attend New England's White House trip to meet President Donald Trump. Team leaders like Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty are among those unwilling to attend.

For Bradley, the White House trip is not about making a political statement.

“The reason why we’re going there is because we did something together as a team. The White House is cool,” he said. “I’m with my team."

The 26-year-old outfielder has twice attended the championship trip to the nation's capital. In college, he went with the South Carolina Gamecocks after they won the College World Series. He later attended with the Red Sox in 2013. Bradley Jr. said he enjoyed attending the White House to meet Barack Obama, but added he wasn't concerned with which president was hosting the event.

He said: “How many people can say they’ve been to the White House? That alone. There is a lot history there, and I’m a big fan of architecture. I think the whole thing is unique.”