Sox notes: Sutton, Spears staying to the end

Sox notes: Sutton, Spears staying to the end
March 25, 2011, 9:50 pm
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By Maureen Mullen
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Drew Sutton and Nate Spears have been informed that they wont be on the 25-man roster, but will be with the team for the trip to Houston to play the Astros in an exhibition game Wednesday.

They play all over the place, Terry Francona said. Theyre getting a ton of at-bats. Theyre great kids. So theyre going to stay right up to the end with us.

Spears has played all four infield position, right field, and left, including appearances in both the infield and outfield in several games. Sutton has played all four infield positions this spring. They are tied for the team lead with appearances in 22 Grapefruit League games this season.

Jon Lester will pitch in an intra-squad game Sunday at the minor-league complex.

Kevin Youkilis will hit in a minor-league game Monday at the complex. Hes had 43 at-bats in Grapefruit League games and could get another five to seven Monday. The Sox will host Twins Single-A teams.

The Red Sox are also trying to figure out what to do with left-hander Felix Doubront, who was limited this spring because of tightness in his left elbow. Extended spring training and the disabled list are options. He appeared in a minor-league game Thursday, his first game action of the spring. He is expected to pitch in his first Grapefruit League game Tuesday.

Daisuke Matsuzaka donated 1 million to help victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Third base coach Tim Bogar was away from the team Friday to attend to a personal matter. Ron Johnson took over coaching duties at third base, and Lynn, Mass., native Duncan Webb, the organization's player development program coordinator, coached first base.

Dennys Reyes relieved Beckett. Earlier this week Reyes extended his deadline from Friday to Saturday for the Red Sox to add him to the major league roster or allow him to become a free agent. He went 1 inning, giving up three runs (two earned) on two hits, including a three-run by J.P. Arencibia, and a walk. But he was not helped out by an error on a double-play ball.

Hes got good moment, Francona said. The ball Arencibia hit was actually a pretty good pitch. The four-pitch walk to his first batter, Eric Thames is not what were looking for. The ball, when its down, it moves. I think its the first ball Ive seen hit in the air.

Hideki Okajima was scheduled to pitch, but was told during the game a schedule change moved him to Saturdays game against the Twins.

Daniel Bard hit Corey Patterson in the helmet with the first pitch of his outing. One scout registered the pitch at 95 mph on his radar gun. Patterson walked off the field on his on but went to Lee Memorial Hospital for a CT scan. Bard spoke briefly to him. I just wanted him to know I didnt do it and not think twice about it, Bard said.

No preliminary report or anything, said Blue Jays manager John Farrell. He's gone to the hospital to get a CT scan. He was conscious when he came off the field, obviously. Until further tests come back, there's no real report yet.

Farrell didnt know if Patterson would be kept overnight in the hospital.

That will be up to the discretion of the medical people, he said.

Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch also went to the hospital because of dehydration.

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