PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — David Ortiz is likely to miss at least a few weeks of the regular season, perhaps more. How could the Red Sox replace him?
Here are a few options they could consider:
• Keep Lyle Overbay to play first base and use Mike Napoli to DH. Overbay has looked better in recent days at the plate and could be an adequate fill-in. His being lefthanded would help balance the lineup, too.
• Keep Mauro Gomez to DH. The big slugger is righthanded, which is not necessarily what the Red Sox need. But he has shown power and had a strong winter in the Dominican league.
• Keep Ryan Lavarnway as a DH and occasional catcher. That would allow Jarrod Saltalamacchia to DH, too.
• Have Jonny Gomes DH and keep Jackie Bradley Jr. to play left field. You can bet a lot of fans would love to see this. But Bradley, as good as he has looked this spring, has yet play at the Triple A level. This also would start his free-agent clock. If Ortiz is only going to miss a few weeks, this move seems unlikely.
• Sign the likes of Jim Thome and Bobby Abreu. The Sox have more palatable in-house options.
• Give Juan Carlos Linares a shot. The guy is hitting .364/.375/.545 in spring training.