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Ellsbury sore; Overbay decision soon

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  March 25, 2013 11:36 AM

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SARASOTA, Fla. Jacoby Ellsbury reported to the Fort Myers facility and reported he felt sore from the right ankle injury he suffered Sunday in the first inning vs. the Phillies.

"We're going to keep him off his feet and not have him take any BP today, so again Wednesday would be ideal that he gets back on the field," Farrell said.

The Red Sox still don't believe there's any major issue. Ellsbury hurt his ankle and heel when he tried to get back to first base after a Cliff Lee pickoff throw.

The Red Sox will have to make a decision on Lyle Overbay's opt-out, which is Tuesday, which means a decision could come as early as today.

Overbay is an experienced first baseman, but right now he's competing for what appears to be a 25th spot on the roster with Mike Carp and Ryan Sweeney, assuming Daniel Nava and Jackie Bradley have made the team.

While the New York Yankees just traded for Vernon Wells to fill an outfield spot, Overbay could also pose an interesting temporary option for them as a platoon with Juan Rivera at first base. The Yankees decision-makers are split on Overbay and how much he could help. While he can get hot and could benefit from the short porch in right, Overbay is more of a left-center gap type hitter. But he may be an upgrade defensively over Rivera.

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Some of Boston's bigger hitters were supposed to stay back to play in minor league games, but the Red Sox ended having a representative team in Sarasota with Jonny Gomes, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, and Mike Napoli all making the trip.

"I gave them the option of staying behind in a minor league game, but they wanted to play in the major league game, we're getting to the point in camp where guys want to go everyday. Guys are talking about finding their daily rhythm," Farrell said.

Status quo on Stephen Drew. More hitting in the cage for Big Papi, and Drew continues baseball activities, but no word on when he might play.


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