Morning Red Sox notes: David Ortiz deems himself ’90 percent’
|02.12.13 at 9:40 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — One of the most anticipated arrivals of Red Sox spring training – David Ortiz — made an appearance at JetBlue Park on Tuesday morning. The designated hitter appeared in good shape, showing no ill effects from his right Achilles tendon injury
“I’m at about 90 percent,” he told WEEI.com.
Ortiz said that he is at approximately the same weight as he played at in 2012, but he feels he is stronger this time around. The designated hitter also confirmed that he has been doing sprint work, while also incorporating agility drills, hitting and different levels of running endeavors.
Ortiz said he hadn’t been told what the plan is for him to start spring training, having said last Wednesday that his hope was to be ready for the beginning of spring training games.
DOUBRONT TAKES NO CHANCES
Felix Doubront and Craig Breslow are slated to be a bit behind the rest of the pitchers after each experienced some shoulder discomfort. Both case are thought to be precautionary.
Doubront said Tuesday morning he will take seven days off from throwing bullpen sessions, although he will continue a long-toss program and is planning on pitching before the end of February.
“It’s nothing major. I’m just trying to get my shoulder in shape,” he said. “In the offseason my forearm was tight, but I never thought it was going to be anything with a shoulder. Thank God it’s nothing major. I just don’t want to push it.
“It’s not bad. I don’t want to start my season hurt. It’s a long spring training. I’m planning on pitching before this month ends. I’ve got time to catch up to guys.”
TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE WBC
Ryan Dempster said it was a tough decision. Xander Bogaerts is waiting to see what difficult choices await.
Dempster explained his decision not to participate in the World Baseball Classic for Team Canada, saying, “It’s a lot to get ready for early. It’s a tremendous honor. I did it as a Junior player a couple of times with Team Canada. It’s just with a new team, and a lot of new guys, I wanted to be in camp. It’s always a hard decision. But at the end of the day, I wanted to be here in camp.”
Bogaerts will be playing for the Netherlands in the WBC, but he’s not clear yet what position he’ll be playing. There is a good chance the 20-year-old will find himself at third base — a position he hasn’t played since Little League — with the presence of Jurickson Profar and Andrelton Simmons on the roster.
“I don’t know. Hopefully I get to hear from the Red Sox in the coming days. But I have no idea,” said Bogaerts regarding the potential position switch. “I’m open to anything. They can pitch me if they want.”
Bogaerts, who is planning to join the Netherlands around Feb. 25, was slated to play third base in the Futures Game last All-Star break before the Red Sox stepped in, landing him at designated hitter.
OVERBAY SINGS BUTTERFIELD’S PRAISES
Lyle Overbay has a unique perspective of what Mike Napoli is about to experience. Like Napoli, the former Blue Jay lived the life of a first baseman being mentored by infield coach Brian Butterfield.
“I’m going to tell you, there’s no one better,” he said. “He’s going to see what you have to do and what you need to work on. As long as you’re willing to work, he’ll make you a pretty good first baseman.”
QUOTE OF THE MORNING
Daniel Bard on going to see movies: “I’m usually not going to pay $12 to see a comedy in a theater. I don’t need my jokes in surround sound.”
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