Mike Cameron (sports hernia) and Jacoby Ellsbury (fractured ribs) were in the outfield here at the Rogers Center about 90 minutes ago.
Under the supervision of head athletic trainer Mike Reinold, the two started out by jogging from from the foul line to just short of center field. Their second jog was at a bit more intensity.
They then did a series of agility drills, moving their feet fast through ropes laid on the turf in the shape of a ladder. From there they went to hit at balls off a tee and some balls flipped to them.
I didn't get a chance to speak to Ellsbury, but Cameron said he felt great about his progress and is planning to start running with more intensity in Baltimore this weekend.
Cameron feels like he's unlikely to require surgery to correct his abdominal tear. But to make sure of that, he needs to build up in stages.
"It's about control," he said. "Every day is a little better than the last day."
Cameron said swinging a bat causes him no pain. The problem is discomfort when he runs. "Everything that happens when you run is right in the middle of your body," he said. "I need to make sure I'm good before I turn it loose. The good thing is the soreness is starting to leave quicker than it was before."
A few other tidbits:
* Terry Francona on pinch hitting for David Ortiz last night: "We pinch hit for him and we won the game. I think that was what we were trying to do. Other than that, I don't know really what to say. ... When you pinch hit for somebody it doesn't mean their career's over. You're just trying to win the game."
* Josh Beckett threw in the bullpen today. He is working on smoothing out his delivery. He feels like he's starting slow and getting "behind" the ball with his arm angle instead of on top of it. He's not creating the downward plane a pitcher needs and the result has been balls being left up in the strike zone.
* J.D Drew spoke about how he's recognizing the strike zone better, which has led to his little resurgence at the plate.
* An Extra Bases tip of the cap to Matt, a Sox fan from Canada who was right next to the dugout. He checks out Pawtucket when they go to upstate New York, too. Now there's a good fan. Thanks for reading the blog, Matt,