Saturday, March 30, 2013
Bradley set to travel to New York
By David Dorsey, Special to ESPNBoston.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Surging outfield prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. will travel to New York with the Boston Red Sox after Saturday's spring training finale at JetBlue Park against the Twins.
For Bradley to make the active roster in time for Opening Day at 1 p.m. Monday at Yankee Stadium, the Red Sox would still have to clear space for him on the 40-man roster.
The move is complicated by the status of outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who opted out of his contract. Sweeney isn't on the 40-man roster either; the Red Sox have a short window to respond to him, by Sunday morning. Sweeney's gear remained in the big league clubhouse this morning.
"There are no changes from yesterday," Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday during his morning media session. "We're working on that 3 o'clock deadline tomorrow when we get to New York. Nothing official to announce at this point.
"Again, we're working on a 40-man roster situation in a couple of cases. That being said, we'll take every hour of that 48 hours that pertains to Ryan."
Farrell said Bradley might be coming off the bench for Jonny Gomes in Saturday's game.
Bradley Jr. is hitting .433 (26-for-60) with two home runs, 12 RBIs and two stolen bases this spring training.
Other takeaways from Farrell's media session:
* Shortstop Stephen Drew, who has not played since suffering a concussion March 7 against the Twins: "Stephen will go through a full day of activities today. He continues to report further resolving of the symptoms. So he continues moving in the right direction."
Drew will remain in Fort Myers and begin the season on the seven-day disabled list for concussions. Once he passes Major League Baseball's protocol for concussions, Drew likely will play in minor league, extended spring training games at the Fenway South complex.
"We're hoping it's not fluctuating where he's good one day and not the next," Farrell said. "He's got to be cleared. That protocol has to be in place before he can get on the field in any capacity in a game, whether it's in extended spring training or on a minor league rehab assignment. It's filing paperwork."
* Designated hitter David Ortiz will travel with the team to New York for Opening Day but will return to Fort Myers the week of April 8 for work in extended spring training games.
"We'll continue to increase the running and the agility when we go to New York and certainly when he comes back down here," Farrell said. "There's a framework in place that would target sometime the following week to hopefully get some live at-bats. That would be the week of April 8. That's the time frame right now."
* Farrell said Daniel Nava would be the first option to replace Mike Napoli at first base should he need a day off and that Nava also would get at-bats in the DH role.
* Farrell said he was against the arrangement of pitchers having personal catchers.
"I don't want to deny a good working relationship, but at the same time I don't want to create a reason as to why a pitcher wouldn't want to throw to a given catcher," Farrell said. "We spend a lot of time in pitcher/catcher meetings, building that rapport. We want to put the best lineup on the field every day to win that game. We want to be careful that we're not assigning one catcher to a given pitcher."