While the Red Sox got off to a fast start offensively in Tuesday night’s game against the Braves, center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. provided some impressive defense as well, making a diving catch of a Daniel Castro liner to right-center in the first inning.

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WEEI
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.

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[0:08:56] ... to kind of catch up with the rest last two nights that David Ortiz is kind of anxious to get back in the lineup today and we're looking forward to get them back in the lineup ...






A MRI revealed no structural damage in Joe Kelly's shoulder. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports0

Joe Kelly has begun rehabbing his injured right shoulder. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports0

Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was far from a shoe-in to make the starting rotation coming into the 2016 season. Through three starts this year, he has been a pleasant surprise with a 1.40 ERA, the lowest for any starter on the team. With Joe Kelly making steps toward his return from the disabled list, it remains to be seen if Wright will be the one bumped out of his spot.

Manager John Farrell was certainly not ready to deem him the odd man out upon Kelly’s return, however.

“Those things work themselves out,” Farrell said. “Not knowing when Joe Kelly’s availability to us will be, who he is making solid progress, Joe is. But Steven is doing everything within his power and opportunity to stay in that spot.”

Kelly has been sidelined since his April 19 start against the Rays, where he suffered a right shoulder impingement. As far as his progress to this point, Farrell explained he has already begun taking steps toward his return to full strength.

“He’s played catch out to 120 feet, and will do so over the coming days,” he said. “I don’t have a date in which he’ll get back on the mound for the first time yet.”

One encouraging sign for Red Sox pitching has been an increased number of strikeouts this season. While some of that can be attributed to David Price’s arrival in Boston, it has also been due in large part to the success of the Red Sox’ bullpen.

According to Elias, the Red Sox lead the majors with 10.44 strikeouts per nine innings, and the team’s total of 210 are the most for any big league team through 20 games since 1900.

“David’s going to get his strikeouts, he has a track record of that,” said Farrell. “But I think the greatest improvement has been in our bullpen. I think somebody brought to my attention the other day that per nine innings, I think our strikeout rate is four more right now currently than we were the last couple of years. Anytime late in the game you can put less balls in play, certainly the better, and we’re starting to really build upon our bullpen and that hasn’t been the case the last couple years.

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Travis Upham

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to talk about the latest with the Red Sox, especially manager John Farrell. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Dave Dombrowski

Dave Dombrowski

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday to talk about the latest with the Red Sox, especially manager John Farrell. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Many in the media have been heavily critical of Farrell over the first 20 games of the season, questioning a number of decisions he’s made within each game. Dombrowski offered his support for the Red Sox manager.

“I think that John Farrell has done a fine job for us,” Dombrowski said. “I think he is a good manager. I think people that spend time micromanaging moves usually are the ones that are going to micromanage any manager’s moves. … I think John Farrell has done a fine job managing this team. I think he has done a good job managing this team. I think he is a good manager and we’re fortunate to have him.”

Added Dombrowski: “He has my support. He knows he has my support and so I don’t really need to tell him that on a daily basis. We work together very well. I am happy he’s our manager.”

As it relates to Pablo Sandoval, Dombrowski confirmed the team never gave Sandoval a weight mandate before he could play in games again, nor did the third baseman asked to be traded if he wasn’t going to be playing full-time.

Sandoval is set to go back to Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his injured shoulder on Monday, which comes after a previous visit two weeks ago where a full exam couldn’t be performed because of how sore he was.

“Well, I’ve had it happen before,” Dombrowski said. “It doesn’t happen a lot, but it does happen once in awhile. I think it is also a situation where it’s not for me and I don’t find too many people to question what Dr. Andrews says. He’s about as quality of a source when it comes to medical aspects of Major League Baseball and injuries in general. When he recommends something, that is generally the practice we follow. I think we have always followed it. That is what he recommended so that’s what we’ve done.”

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Ryan Hannable

A couple of injury updates from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox are preparing to open a two-game series against the Braves as part of a home-and-home with their “natural” rivals from Atlanta.

Pablo Sandoval

Pablo Sandoval

Carson Smith

Carson Smith

A couple of injury updates from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox are preparing to open a two-game series against the Braves as part of a home-and-home with their “natural” rivals from Atlanta.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval said he’s feeling better and is on track to be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday in Pensacola, Fla. He’s on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain and had to postpone his first visit with Andrews last week because he was too sore to be examined.

“A lot better,” Sandoval said. “A lot better. It’s still sore, but we’ll see what’s going on. The inflammation at least went down, it’s to a good point, so now we’re going to see what’s going on there.”

Sandoval has been limited athletically since suffering the injury on April 14.

“What am I doing? Nothing,” he said. “Just cardio, icing. That’s the only thing I can do.”

Sandoval isn’t sure if he’ll avoid surgery. He’s waiting to hear what Andrews says.

“I don’t know. I’m not a doctor,” he said. “I’m going to let them make the decisions. I don’t know if I’m going to get surgery or not. At least I can move it around. The inflammation went down. I hope they can look at it and see what’s going on.”

In other injury news, right-hander Carson Smith was in the clubhouse, one day after throwing a simulated inning against hitters at Triple-A Pawtucket following a rainout.

“I did get rained out yesterday, but I was fortunate enough to get some work in in the bullpen with some hitters standing in,” Smith said. “We tried to emulate a game as best we could.”

The plan is to send him to Double-A Portland on Friday and see if he can bounce back again and pitch on Saturday before determining the next step. The Red Sox have suggested he could return next week, and he sounds confident he avoided a serious injury in spring training when he left the mound with elbow tightness.

“I’m very confident I’m ready to go,” Smith said. “The velocity is there, the movement is there, so I’m happy.”

Smith was injured on March 21 in Jupiter and feared the worst.

“It’s a big relief,” he said. “When you have elbow problems, I think any pitcher can say that’s the biggest scare, hearing all the Tommy John stories. I’m glad I dodged that bullet and am healthy now and will continue to do things to dodge that bullet.”

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John Tomase

After sitting out the two games in Atlanta, David Ortiz will return to the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night.

It is a standard Red Sox lineup against a right-hander with Brock Holt in left field and Travis Shaw at third base. The Braves will send Bud Norris to the mound in the third game of the four-game series.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Steven Wright.

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

After sitting out the two games in Atlanta, David Ortiz will return to the Red Sox lineup Wednesday night.

It is a standard Red Sox lineup against a right-hander with Brock Holt in left field and Travis Shaw at third base. The Braves will send Bud Norris to the mound in the third game of the four-game series.

Ryan Hanigan will catch Red Sox starter Steven Wright.

Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Mookie Betts, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Xander Bogaerts, SS
David Ortiz, DH
Hanley Ramirez, 1B
Travis Shaw, 3B
Brock Holt, LF
Ryan Hanigan, C
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Steven Wright, RHP

For an extensive look at the matchups, click here.

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Ryan Hannable

Here’s a look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Monday.

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (11-8): Game vs. Syracuse (Nationals) was postponed due to inclement weather. Next game is Thursday night at Syracuse.