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."
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.