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David Ortiz making progress toward a game

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 5, 2013 04:56 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — David Ortiz is making progress toward getting into a game.

A day after Big Papi ran the bases, he was back on the field today. The session was less intense and shorter than Monday's but was nonetheless a good sign, according to John Farrell.

“The soreness following those intense base-running sessions is less today than it was three days ago," said the Red Sox manager. "So he’s making steady progress."

Farrell said he is hopeful that Ortiz will get in a game by the end of the week.

“We’ll determine what the next steps are," said Farrell. "We’re only in Tuesday of this week. We’re going to work off David’s response to the work sessions. The fact that he’s able to get back on the base paths today and feel pretty good about himself before going into it is a pretty good sign.”

Also:

• Jon Lester is a decent fielder but has had trouble throwing to bases for several years. He spent extra time on the field today working on his throwing with minor league pitching coaches Rich Sauveur and Bob Kipper.

• LHP Franklin Morales (lower back) is not close to pitching but did some exercising today. "We don’t have a date marked on the calendar of when he’s going to get back on the mound, even for a bullpen session, let alone a game," Farrell said.

• LHP Craig Breslow is still playing long toss. Farrell said it's the "early stages" of his program. It's fair to wonder whether Morales or Breslow will be ready for Opening Day.

• Daniel Bard is slated to pitch Thursday. He has not been in a game since Feb. 25.

• If you are rooting for Jackie Bradley Jr. to make the team, you should readjust those goals. “Likely,” Farrell said when asked if it were likely that Bradley would start the season in the minors. “But you never want to put a limit on anyone, either. He’s making the best of the opportunity and he’s making a very strong impression.”

• Daniel Nava was in right field for the first time this spring. "I know he played there a couple of times last year but he’s improved tremendously in left field," Farrell said. "Given the potential makeup of our bench and our extra outfield situation, the ability to go to right field would be key in his situation. Not to say his roster status hinges on that. But we want to take a look at it.

• Farrell said he called Mike Aviles last fall when they were traded for each other.

• Farrell on Drake Britton's arrest: "We take every situation like that seriously. In this case with Drake, it’s still being addressed, We’re still gathering information and the facts of what transpired. Fortunately in this case there was no one injured. But bottom line it’s a very serious issue with us."

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