J.D. Drew will play through pain

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J.D. Drew will play through pain

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
SEATTLE J.D. Drew admitted there is still some discomfort in his left shoulder as he attempts to return to the Sox roster, and that the relative soreness is probably something hell deal with for the rest of the season.

So much for the popular notion that Drew refuses to attempt playing when hes less than 100 percent.

The Sox right fielder also admitted that the rotator cuff issue in his left shoulder is likely something that will have to be corrected via surgery once this baseball season is over, but hell give it a go over the final two months of the season with nothing to lose. That continued on Saturday with another day of live batting practice at Safeco Field with his teammates.

Its pretty sore because hitting on the field is a little more aggressive than hitting in the cage, but Ill build my endurance to get back in there. I feel pretty good, said Drew. Its about what we expected. Theres soreness that I think will be there for the rest of the year. I think its just a matter of strength gains that weve made kind of helping, and getting out of some bad hitting habits that caused.

At some point we may look at surgery down the road, but for right now its strength management and trying to keep the shoulder as stable as I can. As far as hitting Im taking the next steps on the field and its getting the endurance up and getting the swing plane to where I want it to feel.

Drew was non-committal about a potential rehab assignment in the minor leagues over the next couple of weeks, and said that regaining his timing in the minors isnt something hes needed to do in the past.

It feels like I hadnt swung that aggressively in a while, but it felt better today than it did yesterday. One day itll probably just all be there for me. I think well probably get a game plan going tomorrow: Monday is off so Ill probably just hit in the cage that day and some cage-work during the double-header and Wednesday, said Drew. Then we can make an evaluation and see the way things are progressing. The more swings and the more repetition I get while working with some aggressiveness will be a good answer to where were at.

Drew has to hope that shoulder-strengthening works because playing through the left shoulder discomfort left him with a .219 batting average and a pathetic .305 slugging percentage in 77 games this season. Thats extremely un-Drew-like and a sign that something is wrong physically with a 35-year-old thats talked assuredly about potential retirement after the current season is finished.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”