Hermida inching closer

BOSTON -- Ailing Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida (ribs) has started taking flips in the batting cage and will continue that for the next three or four days. If everything goes well, he’ll be ready to take BP on the field.

“He’s been doing pretty well,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He’s been doing all the other things pretty aggressively -- outfield drills, base running. The swings are the last to come, but he feels pretty good about himself.”

Hermida was placed on the disabled list June 11 with five fractured ribs after colliding with third baseman Adrian Beltre in Baltimore. He’s getting close to returning and he’s champing at the bit.

“We're just taking it day by day,” he said. “It's communication between me coming in and saying how I feel and working out a gameplan for that day. There is not really a set timetable to say 'we'll do this today, we'll do this tomorrow' because it all depends on what I do today and how it responds tomorrow."

Hermida says he’s not holding back.

"I'm trying to push it forward actually."