Return men: Ellsbury back, Ortiz to follow


Return men: Ellsbury back, Ortiz to follow

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the Red Sox lineup Tuesday night, and wasted no time making an immediate contribution.

Ellsbury,who missed the previous three games after being hit by a pitch inKansas City, singled to start the game, stole second, moved to third ona sacrifice bunt and came around on the first of Gonzalez's two homers, jumpstarting the Red Sox' offense en route to an 11-5 win over the Rangers.

"He was back about six seconds and he's standing on third," said Terry Francona after the game. "It's nice to see him healthy."

Ellsbury also made a fine running catch in the fifth to take extra bases away from Ian Kinsler.

"He impacts us a lot, obviously," said Francona.

Franconaalso said David Ortiz was cleared to pinch-hit Tuesday night, andwill return to the starting lineup Wednesday night.

Ortizran in the outfield in the 100-plus degree heat prior to Tuesday'sgame. He's been out of the lineup for the past week with bursitis inhis right heel.

Asked if he felt ready to return to thelineup Wednesday night here, Ortiz said, "I can be in the lineup rightnow. But I have to wait and hear what the doctors tell me. This issomething that if you don't do exactly what they say, it can catch upwith you later on. I don't want to be stupid."

Ortiz said he felt no pain in the heel while running under the supervision of trainer Mike Reinold.

Even before Ortiz ran, manager Terry Francona said Ortiz "might be OK," to return Wednesday.

"If he's OK, he's going to be OK," said Francona. "If he does need another day, we'll do it."

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Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

Scott's taste of big-league life with Red Sox has him hungering for more

CHESNUT HILL -- The Red Sox Rookie Development Program is designed to help young players prepare for what playing at the major-league level is like,. That can be valuable for a prospect like Rafael Devers, who hasn’t even made it to Double-A.

But of the eight-man cast at the workout this year, there’s one guy who actually has major-league experience.

Robby Scott joined the Red Sox as a September call-up last season and turned some heads, holding opponents scoreless over six innings of work.

Now the lefty is back working with younger guys to prepare himself for spring training -- something he’s itching to get started.

“It’s one thing that we always talk about,” the left-handed reliever told “It’s a tough road to get there, but it’s an even tougher and harder road to stay there. And having that taste in September last year was incredible to be a part of it.”

That taste Scott had last fall has only made the desire to rejoin Boston greater.

“Yeah, because now you know what it’s like,” Scott said “You see it and you’re there and you’re a part of it. And it’s like, ‘Man, I wanna be there.’ You’re a little bit more hungry.”

And his hunger to pitch with the Red Sox only becomes greater at an event like this where he’s the only one with MLB time.

“They ask on a consistent basis,” Scott started, “ ‘What’s it like?’ ‘What was it like getting there the first day?’ ‘How did the guys react?’ ‘What was it like dealing with the media?’

“That’s what this program is here for, just to kind of gives these guys a little taste of what it is like and get familiar with the circumstances.

While the experience and constant discussion invites players to try to do more in the offseason or change their routine, the 27-year-old has stayed the course, trusting what’s gotten him there.

“The offseason training stays the same, nothing really changes on that side of things,” Scott said. “Nothing changes. Go about my business the way I have the last six, seven years.”

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

Red Sox prospect Sam Travis 'not at all' worried about knee

CHESNUT HILL -- Kyle Schwarber made his triumphant return to the Cubs lineup in the 2016 World Series after missing the regular season with a torn ACL. Only months after the Cubs outfielder tore his ACL, Schwarber’s teammate from Indiana University -- and Red Sox prospect -- Sam Travis suffered the very same injury, missing the end of 2016.

“I actually talked to [Schwarber] quite a bit,” Travis said following the group training session. “He was one step ahead of me at all times . . . He gave me the lowdown, told me that it was like.

“With this kind of injury and the activity we do on a daily basis, it’s going to be something you take care of the rest of your life. Whether it’s treatment or the training room, you’re going to get to 100 percent. But you’re still going to have to take care of it."

Now the first baseman is back on his feet and was even healthy enough to join his teammates in lateral movement drills at the Red Sox rookie development program at Boston College.

If you didn’t know any better while watching him, you’d think the injury never happened. And that’s how Travis is approaching it.

“Not at all [worried about it],” Travis told “It’s one of those things you kind of pretend it’s just like your normal knee. You don’t do anything different because that may injury something else. You don’t want to try to prevent something from happening because you my pull your hip or something like that.

“You’ve just gotta go about it and trust yourself.”

That’s a great sign for Travis in his climb to joining the big league club. Getting over the physical portion of an injury takes time, but there’s usually a proven system set in place.

The mental side is another animal entirely and varies from player to player.

Luckily for the Red Sox, Travis doesn’t overthink much of anything.

“Nah, I’m a pretty simple guy,” he said.