Saturday, February 26, 2011
A few tidbits on gameday
By Joe McDonald
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Boston Red Sox are finally at City of Palms Park and ready to begin playing games.
The Sox host Boston College at 1 p.m. and Northeastern at 6 p.m. today. Red Sox manager Terry Francona just held his daily scrum and had a few updates.
* Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez took 25 swings off the tee and then took 25 flips (hitting balls tossed from close range) this morning. He’ll have Sunday off from hitting.
“He had a really good morning,” Francona said. “Everything went really well. He’s really pleased.”
* Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford is not in camp today for personal reasons. He’s expected back on Sunday, but he won’t play until Monday.
* Reliever Dennys Reyes reported to camp today. The lefthanded reliever signed with the Sox as a minor league free agent and he’ll be given every opportunity to compete for a spot in Boston’s bullpen, according to Francona. Reyes was late due to visa issues.
“He looks good,” Francona said. “He tested his shoulder this morning with Mike [Reinold] and that came out fine. We’ll gauge where he’s at on the field.”
* Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew will ease into game action. He’s not expected to play until Monday.
* Red Sox catchers Jason Varitek and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will rotate playing every other day for the first four games.
* Red Sox pitchers John Lackey, Jon Lester, Alfredo Aceves and Bobby Jenks will throw simulated games today.
* Infielder Hector Luna has been dealing with a tight groin the entire spring, so he won’t play today or tomorrow. Originally he was scheduled to play today.
“He’s been doing everything, but he’s feeling it so we weren’t comfortable playing him,” Francona said.