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Red Sox Notes: Not time for ‘Plan B’ with David Ortiz, Stephen Drew suffers mild concussion

03.08.13 at 8:49 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz took the day off from running Friday, expecting to execute another round of exercises to test his injured right Achilles Saturday. Prior to the Red Sox‘€™ game against the Twins at JetBlue Park, manager John Farrell said that there is a possibility Ortiz could be examined again by outside medical personnel, but that such a course is not currently in the plans for the slugger.

‘€œHe’s critically important to our lineup,’€ Farrell said of Ortiz. ‘€œHe’s aware of that. I think that’s what adds to his frustration of not being able to get on the field, participate in spring training, and get ready for the regular season. Because we haven’t come to that date where OK, Plan B is now a legitimate one, I know those discussions will take place, but we’re still hopeful that he will be ready [for Opening Day]. But we’ve got to be aware that that may need adjusting.’€

Regarding a potential ‘€˜Plan B’€™ given Ortiz’€™s slower-than-expected return, Farrell said that nothing other than internal options are being weighed right now.

‘€œPlan B at this point, wouldn’€™t say there’€™s someone coming from outside,’€ he noted.

Regarding any concerns over Ortiz having to deal with the cold weather in New York for the first series of the regular season, or the artificial turn in Toronto for the second series, Farrell said neither concerns him at the moment.

‘€œFortunately, being a designated hitter, he’€™s not taking the wear and tear on turf like an everyday position player would,’€ the manager said. ‘€œI know we have to prepare if that time comes, but right now we’€™re focusing on his work and hopefully being ready for the opener.’€

Farrell added, ‘€œAs [Ortiz] has mentioned himself, there are days we have to adjust at the moment. I know David is frustrated by it and we’€™ll continue to go day to day with it.’€

In other news, shortstop Stephen Drew was diagnosed with what Farrell described as a “mild concussion” after being struck in the helmet by a fastball during the Red Sox’€™ win over the Twins at Hammond Stadium Thursday. Drew remained in the game after being hit by a pitch on Thursday, but showed some concussion symptoms in the evening. The shortstop, who had been in the lineup for Friday, was scratched, and he’s expected to get “a day or two [for the symptoms] to clear up,” according to Farrell.

“He felt fine throughout the game. But it was last night when he started to read a book, the print started to get a little fuzzy on him and that’€™s where, obviously it was precautionary, and, by rule, he’€™s being held out,’€ said Farrell.

Drew’s return to activity will be determined by Dr. Gary Green — an MLB-sanctioned doctor who determines when players are ready to return from concussions without risk of further harm — in consultation with Sox team trainers.

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