PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Catcher David Ross is in the second slot in the batting order against the Rays today. It’s a change from his typical spot further down in the lineup. But don’t expect to see the catcher there during the season. It’s just one of those unorthodox spring training moves.
"This is about getting him the greatest number of at-bats we can get with catching six innings,” manager John Farrell said. “Certainly that’s not his normal spot in the lineup. But figure he’s probably going to handle [starter Allen] Webster and [left-hander Drake] Britton today, and try to get him at least three at-bats.”
Going into the game Ross has caught 25 innings, compared to A.J. Pierzynski’s 40 innings. Ross entered the game 1 for 10 with a walk and five strikeouts.
• Third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who missed the last two games with a hyperextended right middle finger, was not in the original lineup the Red Sox posted early Sunday morning. But about an hour later, the Sox posted a revised lineup with Middlebrooks playing third, batting fifth.
“He came in this morning, felt good, he swung in the cage before we left right after getting examined and said he was good to go,” Farrell said. “So, encouraging. Glad he’s back in there.”
Middlebrooks had a small bandage around his finger.
• Farrell said he had not had a chance to talk with Grady Sizemore this morning, but the outfielder came through his eight innings of work in center field Saturday night without a problem. It was the longest Sizemore has gone into a game this spring.
“There was nothing on the medical report and I know he was seen briefly in the training room,” Farrell said. “We fully expected him to come in this morning, with kind of a normal spring training morning after a night game. So nothing out of the ordinary.”
• The next round of cuts could be coming soon, Farrell hinted, possibly before Tuesday.
“We’re also starting to balance the minor league games,” Farrell said. “Their season is fast approaching. There’s some guys in camp here that we’ve got to start getting at-bats on the [minor league] side, as well as innings pitched. So we’ll start, not a full wave like we just went thru, but there’s some guys that need to go get ready for their season as well.
Twelve players were moved out of big league camp on Thursday.