Farrell said he was pleased with how spring training went for the Sox, outside of the injuries to Ortiz and Drew.
“Overall I think we’ve had a successful camp,” he said. “We’ve been able to integrate the number of [new] players that have been brought in successfully. They’ve understood what we’re trying to get done as far as our approach every night.
“We’ve settled into some element of a lineup, given who’s available. Certainly David and Stephen coming back is going to positively affect that.
“I think overall it’s been a very businesslike approach. The attitude has been great, the energy has been consistent, and we’ve had a very concentrated effort.”
Part of the plan
Farrell is planning to use backup catcher David Ross in the third game of the season, Thursday against the Yankees. “His involvement is going to be somewhat regular,” Farrell said. The Sox are open to using Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the DH with Ross catching. “Not going to use that as a deterrent,” Farrell said. “That’s a distinct possibility at some point.” If Ross were injured and left the game, the Sox would put Saltalamacchia behind the plate, give up the DH, and use pinch hitters as needed . . . The Sox officially released outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who opted out of his minor league deal Thursday after being informed he would not be on the major league roster . . . Farrell likes the idea of hitting Shane Victorino second against lefthanders because he switch hits and has speed. But against righthanders, Victorino will hit well down in the lineup, Farrell said. Victorino has a career .881 OPS against lefthanders, .732 against righthanders.