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02/21/2011 - 1:35pm
Back in the swing: A-Gon OK to tee off

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox announced Monday that newly acquired slugger Adrian Gonzalez has been cleared to hit off a batting tee after surgery on his right shoulder last October. The surgery was not reconstructive and the Red Sox traded for the first baseman in December knowing that he would be ready for the 2011 season. 

 

On Sunday, Red Sox team doctor Tom Gill spoke with Mets team doctor David Altchek, who performed the procedure in October, and a decision was made that Gonzalez was feeling strong enough and had done enough rehab to allow him to start swinging. On Monday morning before team workouts, Gonzalez took 20 swings off the tee and felt good. 

 

"He's going to hit off the tee the three days and then take a day and then we'll see how he feels, but he's been coming along so well, and Dr. Gill spoke with Dr. Altchek and there were no qualms about letting him proceed, so we were thrilled,"...

02/21/2011 - 10:28am
Lackey on D&C: Fireman helped me slim

John Lackey sat down with Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning from Red Sox spring training in Fort Myers, Fla. Having been the newcomer to the clubhouse last year, Lackey was asked what Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford should expect. "It's going to be different for them, for sure," he said. "Especially Adrian, coming from San Diego, it's a little more laid-back out there. It's going to be a little more intense around here. But they'll learn to enjoy it. Carl knows a little bit about it, playing in this division. He's been to Fenway a bunch, so I think he'll be pretty comfortable."

 

Lackey said pitchers are "definitely more apt to make a mistake" when Crawford is on the basepaths, so he's pleased that he doesn't have to worry about that any more. And he wasn't the only Red Sox pitcher celebrating Crawford's arrival in Boston. "I was pretty fired up about it, for sure," Lackey said of hearing about...

02/21/2011 - 9:25am
Sox' contract with Miller includes 2012 option

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Andrew Miller's minor league deal with the Red Sox, which would pay the pitcher $1.3 million if he is in the majors, includes a team option for 2011. Notably, according to a source familiar with the deal, that option vests if Miller is assigned to another team, a clause that is meant to help ensure that the left-hander remains with the Sox if he is added to the major league roster and then needs to be sent back down to the minors, thus exposing him to waivers. A team could not claim Miller off of waivers unless it was willing to also become responsible for his salary in 2012.

  

"As excited as I was when I got traded here when I got the opportunity, I think I’m more excited now because of the way that my contract is structured," Miller said. "My contract is unique. ... There’s even some language in my contract so they can keep me if they send me down at some point, or they...

02/21/2011 - 9:18am
Gonzalez on D&C: 'I'm the slowest guy'

New Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stopped by for a visit with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning at spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

 

Gonzalez said he isn't worried that the intense following in this town will be a distraction for him. "I love the game of baseball. I [couldn't] care less what's going on outside of the game," he said. "Once you step in between those lines, you're just playing the game. You forget about everything else and you're just having fun with it. You'll notice that for me, once the game starts, everything else is out of my head and the only thing I'm focused on is winning that game."

 

Asked about the atmosphere in the Red Sox clubhouse, Gonzalez indicated the players understand what's expected of them. "The Padres clubhouse is a lot more laid-back," he said. "It's more, I would say, more of a somewhat relaxed [group]. Here it's very relaxed. But over...

02/21/2011 - 8:48am
Jenks: 'I looked up to Roger Clemens a lot'

FORT MYERS, Fla. — New Red Sox set-up man Bobby Jenks acknowledged Monday that he was a big fan of Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux when he broke into baseball as a starter. 

 

"When I was younger, I was a starting pitcher and I looked up to Roger Clemens a lot and I used to watch him and Greg Maddux a lot because I grew up a huge Braves fan, because you're either a Cubs fan with TBS and WGN, so I had TBS, and Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens were the two biggest guys that I watched," Jenks said.   

 

Jenks was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 amateur draft as a big starting pitcher in the mold of Clemens. He ran into elbow problems in 2004 in the Angels system and was waived before being picked up by the White Sox in 2005. 

 

"It was a combined decision in '04 after I had my elbow surgery to try to keep less innings and less stress on the elbow, so the year before...

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