Notes: Ortiz swipes a look at potential batting order

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Notes: Ortiz swipes a look at potential batting order

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz swiped a base Wednesday in the Red Sox' 6-1 exhibition loss to the Braves and, in the process, may have given tea leave-readers a hint about the Sox' batting order, currently being held secret by the team.

With first baseman Freddie Freeman not holding Ortiz on at first in the fourth inning, Ortiz took off for second and got there successfully.

Ortiz was told to run, because, according to Terry Francona, "if J.D.'s behind him, having that hole between first and second over there is something that J.D. really uses. We just want them to respect that hole a little bit."

It's been widely assumed Ortiz will bat sixth in the Boston batting order with Drew hitting seventh, and Francona's statement did nothing to discourage that.

Ortiz went 3-for-3 and is now hitting .625 this spring.

Brent Dlugach underwent an MRI on his dislocated left shoulder Wednesday morning and should have the results by Thursday morning.

"This is the first time I've done this," said Dlugach, who suffered the injury charging a popped-up bunt attempt Tuesday afternoon against Minnesota. "Obviously, hoping for good things. It didn't feel good, but once it got popped back into place, it felt a lot better."

Dlugach was in camp as a non-roster invitee, hoping to catch on as a utility infielder.

"Obviously, it frustrating," said Dlugach. "But it's one of those things. Stuff happens. It's not as much what happens as how you deal with it. I'm trying to go about it with a positive attitude. I'm hoping for good things and positive results."

Four years ago, Dlugach had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and hopes "to use that experience to my advantage."

Dlugach has already begun some limited range-of-motion exercises and is icing the shoulder.

Lefty Hideki Okajima, who was rocked for four runs on five hits Sunday night against the Minnesota Twins, rebounded with an efficient 1-2-3 innings with two strikeouts. "Anytime you see Okie get swings and misses on his fastball," said Francona, "that pretty much tells you he's locating it." . . . The Sox aren't sending a lot of regulars to Tampa for their meeting with the Yankees on Friday night. Clay Buccholz will start, but the position players will include Daniel Nava, Darnell McDonald, Jed Lowrie, Ryan Kalish and Jason Varitek . . . Alex Wilson had a rough relief outing, walking four and allowing three runs, two of them earned. Wilson, a second-round pick from Texas A&M in 2009, is regarded as a possible future closer.

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Neumeier: Red Sox still not viable championship contender

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Neumeier: Red Sox still not viable championship contender

Bob Neumeier is glad to see Red Sox fans optimistic about their sweep of the New York Yankees, but explains why he still thinks it is unlikely they could win a championship this year

Sandoval to undergo surgery on left shoulder

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Sandoval to undergo surgery on left shoulder

Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will undergo surgery on his left shoulder in the coming days, a procedure that will sideline him for an extended period and could spell the end of his 2016 season.

Sandoval was placed on the DL last month with soreness in his left shoulder. He received a diagnosis from the Red Sox medical staff, but requested a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, one of the country's prominent orthopedic surgeons.

Sandoval visited Andrews less than two weeks ago, but the soreness and inflammation in the shoulder joint was so severe that Andrews couldn't complete the examination. The exam was then rescheduled until Monday.

The Red Sox did not announce the specific nature of the procedure, but in a release, said they would do so after the surgery is performed by Andrews later this week.

It's been widely speculated that Sandoval is dealing with an injury to either the labrum or rotator cuff. Last month, when Sandoval was initially put on the disabled list, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said only that there was "a great deal going on'' in Sandoval's shoulder. Citing HIPA laws, Dombrowski said he couldn't reveal specifics.

It's been an eventful and unhappy season for Sandoval to date. In spring training, he was beaten out for the starting third baseman's job by Travis Shaw, who performed better in the field and at the plate throughout March.

Sandoval had only six hitless at-bats when he was placed on the DL on April 13, retroactive to April 11. On the morning of April 11, Sandoval reported to Fenway Park and told the training staff he had limited range of movement in the shoulder. Sandoval couldn't identify a particular play or event that may have first caused the injury.