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Some notes from Red Sox camp

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 20, 2014 08:01 PM

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Will Middlebrooks take grounders from his knees. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A few notes from around Red Sox camp:

• A senior red Sox official said it was “unlikely” the team would bring back free agent shortstop Stephen Drew at this point. Later in the day, GM Ben Cherington seemed to confirm that.

“Right now, as far as the position player group, we’re focused on the guys that are here,” he said. “We’ve got infielders here in camp who are into their workouts and getting ready to play games. We have a lot of faith in those infielders.”

Cherington said the Sox have an interest in acquiring some additional infield depth and are scouting other camps.

“My guess is that’s a spring training thing and maybe that nothing happens,” he said. “We have scouts in every camp. We know who is more likely to be available.”

• David Ortiz and agent Fernando Cuza met with the Sox after the workout to start talks on a contract extension. The meeting was first reported by WEEI. “David’s a very important guy. We all know that,” Cherington said. “Certain guys earn the right to have a hearing and a conversation and he’s certainly one of them.”

• John Farrell and bench coach Torey Lovullo will travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., to meet with Major League Baseball officials regarding the instant replay procedures. The new rule prohibiting running into the catcher also will be on the agenda. Several other teams are expected to attend.

• Francisco Tena, a pitcher on the Dominican Summer League roster, was suspended for 50 games for using a performance-enhancing drug. Tena has yet to appear in a game.

• Chairman Tom Werner said that NESN's Jerry Remy was allowed to decide if he would return following the arrest of his son for murder.

Jared Remy was charged with killing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, in August.

"I think what we said to Jerry at the time was we just offered him our support after the tragedy and said, there’s a place for you if and when you want to come back," Werner said. "This is going to be a very personal decision but you have a home here at NESN if and when you feel it’s appropriate to come back and we’re delighted that he’s back. I know that he’s very mindful of the tragedy but he’s, I think, excited about returning to the booth."

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