Alex Ochoa has been told that there is not a spot for him on the Red Sox roster. Sox manager Terry Francona this morning revealed that the veteran outfielder has been given the option to start the season at Pawtucket or pursue opportunities elsewhere.
The manager lauded the work ethic and professionalism of Ochoa and fellow veterans Bobby Scales and Joe McEwing. ‘‘Those guys have taken every bus ride and done everything we’ve asked,’’ said Francona. ‘‘All professionalism and hustle. It would be amazing to have three guys like that at Pawtucket.’’
Julian Tavarez and Jon Lester remained back in Fort Myers to pitch in minor league games. Wily Mo Pena and Doug Mirabelli are getting extra at bats in those games. Mike Timlin (oblique muscle) will throw on the side Tuesday.
No TV fan
During his dugout session, Francona launched into a lengthy discussion about how much he detests putting the headset on and doing in-game interviews from the dugout. ‘‘It just seems like a violation,’’ he said. ‘‘The dugout is our place I think the fans would respect that. It’s something I feel strongly about. You look up and players see you with a headset on and you’re down three runs. It’s not a good feeling.’’
Odds and ends
Manny Ramirez reported to City of Palms Park early this morning, but was sent home with a sore throat.
Francona said Jonathan Papelbon will pitch only one inning today.
Bronson Arroyo took some hacks in the cage. Seen standing around the cage: Johnny Bench and Bucky Dent.