FORT MYERS, Fla. – Thursday Red Sox manager John Farrell surmised that David Ortiz would need just two weeks of game action in spring training to be ready for Opening Day.
Friday morning, Ortiz – who is recovering from a right Achilles tendon injury – agreed.
“Probably, yeah,” said the designated hitter when asked if that would be enough at-bats to prepare for the season. “I want to play. But, you know what? I just want to be ready for Opening Day. They don’t want to rush me. That’s not a smart thing to do.”
Last spring training, Ortiz received 66 plate appearances, after totaling 67 the year before.
Neither the player or manager will identify a timetable as to when the DH will participate in spring training games, with Ortiz still having to execute baserunning drills for the first time this spring.
“We’re doing things to get to where we need to be,” he said. “The thing is, I’m starting to do different things and some days I get a little sore, but that’s part of the process. I think it will be fine pretty soon.”
- Shane Victorino may live in Las Vegas during the offseason, instead of his native Hawaii (making the spring training adjustment of showing up at 7:30 a.m. eastern a bit more palatable), but still has an athletic presence on the island state.
As it turns out, the high school record of 10.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash (non-wind-aided) Victorino set back in 1999 still stands.
His fastest time to first base, to his knowledge, was 3.8 seconds, executed on a bunt attempt.
The only point of reference as to where Victorino’s speed stands in comparison to Jacoby Ellsbury (the centerfielder says he has never been timed in the 100) may come in their times in the 60-yard dash. Ellsbury has been clocked at 6.2 using a baseball start (simulated lead), while Victorino’s best flat-out time is 6.3.
- Jason Varitek already made his mark as an instructor earlier this week. Standing over by first base, he relayed to the catchers that they were giving away their signals due to too open a stance when crouching. The discovery led to a meeting with all the catchers, a few of which could be seen practicing their new techique in the middle of the clubhouse.
- Wherever Rubby De La Rosa has gone, Pedro Martinez hasn’t been far behind.
- The players will have a shortened workout Friday, with the much of the team participating in the 20th annual Southwest Florida Childeren’s Hospital celebrity golf tournament.. The team worked out on the main JetBlue Park field.
- While the television sets hovering from the ceiling in the middle of the clubhouse showed a loop of specific highlights (pertaining to that day’s drills), this year the entertainment isn’t quite as specific. The usual channels of choice? MLB Network, NBC (Today Show) and ESPN.
- Mike Carp is wearing No. 38, the first Red Sox player to do so since Curt Schilling.
- Friday is Daniel Nava’s 30th birthday.
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick joins Dale and Steve DeOssie to talk about cutting the roster down to 53 players. Jimmy Garoppolo is set to start and play most, if not all of the preseason contest against the Giants. Bill also expressed his thoughts about the kicking game and how some of the new rules have affected the importance of it.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the news that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start Thursday and play most of the game. They talk about what it might mean for Ryan Mallett.
Julian Edelman joins Christian and Danny Picard to talk about his approach going into the season, his performance this preseason, as well as the VMAs, and preventing cramps using mustard.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
Joe talked to the Sox right-hander, who allowed three hits and zero walks in the 3-0 win over the Rays.
Red Sox Manager John Farrell talks about Bogaerts' concussion and the youth movement.
As he does every Wednesday, Buster Olney, ESPN, joins the boys of MFB to talk baseball. This week Buster shed some light on what to expect from Rusney Castillo, and how Cuban players are being viewed. He suggests that the acquisition of Castillo helps Boston's chances to get Giancarlo Stanton. Also, the Sox should shut down Koji if they want to re-sign him.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
Hackers obtained hundreds private photo's of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, Market Basket is back in business, and Pete Frates and his wife Julie have a baby girl, Lucy.
The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.
John Frates called in to the show to discuss his son Peter and his past experience with Fred.
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.
The guys dicuss Johnny Football, Terrible Summer Movies, and John Rocker being on Survivor
Tom Curran recaps the Pats preseason and talks about some of the players who may get cut.
Michael Irvin talks about the final preseason game for the Patriots and the biggest storylines heading into the opening weekend.
We recap the summer's biggest sports stories leading into Labor Day Weekend.
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.
Danny picard is filling in for Mikey and talks with CSNNE's Mike Giardi about Clay Buchholz heading up the Red Sox pitching rotation, and how the Patriots have looked through training camp so far.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Fantasy Football Drafts are now happening every day, so Pete Davidson and Jim Hackett have you covered. The NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, so Pete and Jim get their final thoughts of some drafting strategies. They discuss their Auction draft from earlier in the week. Also, some big name players that smart drafters should avoid.
We know your Fantasy Football drafts are happening right now, so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson are here to help. We know you’d never blow off work to draft right? Turn up the speakers! Our fantasy guys chat up Pete’s most recent article on WEEI.com that offers background on several players you can target late in drafts across multiple league sizes; covering upside players to grab in 8-team leagues, 10-team leagues, 12-team leagues and 14-team leagues. Jim and Pete will be back at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday morning on your radio dial, 93.7 FM, with more ammo for all this weekend’s drafters. Good luck!
How can teams acquire players who are entering their primes without having to live through the potentially massive transition of prospects coming from the minors to the big leagues? The Red Sox have two such case studies. The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo represents one effort to acquire a player for his prime years for whom the transition to big league-caliber competition might not be turbulent. Red Sox assistant director of player personnel discusses the scouting process involved with landing Castillo. The episode also features Brock Holt, the one rookie who played at a consistently high level for the Red Sox this year. Holt explores some of the distinctions that might help to explain why he did not experience some of the struggles that characterized the seasons of Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.
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