Shift in thinking?
Farrell’s Blue Jays did a lot of shifting, and he plans to do some with Boston. “Yes we will shift, but to what extent, we’re going to get a better read,” he said. “We felt we had the ability to move [third baseman Brett] Lawrie around more freely. We’d like to put the third baseman on the [shortstop] hole side with lefthanded hitters.” Farrell said he has to gauge how effective Will Middlebrooks would be in that situation. Lawrie may have the best range of any third baseman in the league . . . Farrell said David Ortiz (Achilles’) is about a week behind Napoli as far as getting into a game. Ortiz will get swings in BP and if he needs more he can get some minor league game at-bats. Newly acquired Mike Carp will play in one of the games Monday, as competition with Lyle Overbay and Daniel Nava for the first base/outfield backup job heats up . . . Asked if there’s one position where he’s concerned about depth, Farrell said third base. “The depth there might not be as readily clear as others,” he said. “We have to take a look at some guys over there. You’ll see Brock Holt over there. That prototypical guy is not clear-cut. It would be great to have two or three deep at every position, wishful thinking. [Pedro] Ciriaco did a great job when he stepped in for Will last year and he made the most of an opportunity. He’s a valuable guy to have on a team.” Ciriaco started at third base and had a hit and two RBIs Sunday . . . The Sox signed lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith to a minor league deal. He will play for Australia in the World Baseball Classic.
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