FORT MYERS, Fla. — Shortstop Stephen Drew is out of the lineup today because of a mild concussion. He was hit in the helmet with a pitch on Thursday and showed no symptoms until later in the day.
Drew was in the original lineup until he came to the park and said he was a little woozy.
“At the time he said, ‘Imagine if it hit me in the nose?” Fortunately it glanced off the helmet,” John Farrell said. “The way he reacted you almost think he didn’t see the pitch completely because there wasn’t a whole lot of diving out of the way. It wasn’t a direct blow. At the time he felt fine throughout the game. It was [Thursday] night when he started reading a book, the print started to get a little fuzzy on him. … By rule, he’s being held out.”
Drew would have to be cleared by Dr. Gary Green of Major League Baseball, who works in conjunction with each team’s medical staff. If Drew is found to have lingering symptoms, he would have to pass a test administered on-line before he could play again.
• David Ortiz did not do any running today and will try again Saturday. But the Sox haven’t given up on the idea of his being ready for Opening Day.
“We haven’t gotten to that point yet, no. We feel like, even now, with minor league games starting up, we’ll still be able to get the appropriate number of at-bats that he’ll feel comfortable provided there’s progress being made,” Farrell said.
“This is part of getting back in shape and it’s volume and intensity related. There isn’t a thought of any kind of re-injury or injury any more than what was sustained last year.”
To that point, there are no plans for Ortiz to be examined again. But that has not been ruled out.
“He’s critically important to our lineup. He’s aware of that. I think that’s what kind of adds to his frustration, not being able to get on the field and participate in spring training and get ready for the regular season,” Farrell said. “But because we haven’t come to that date where Plan B is a legitimate one. I know those discussions will take place [but] we’re still hopeful and taking the approach he will be ready. But we’ve got to be aware that may need adjustment.”
• Farrell went to watch minor league prospects Anthony Ranaudo and Brandon Workman pitch in a simulated game today. He’ll watch Matt Barnes and Henry Owens on Saturday.
• Farrell on Mariano Rivera, who is expected to announce his retirement plans on Saturday: “He set the standard by which all other closers are compared. I think it’s remarkable that if you look at video from probably 15 years ago to now, you’re going to see the same exact delivery. Just a great athlete with a Hall of Fame career.
“He basically revolutionized [the cutter]. Frankly, it’s such a known weapon for him. His command of it, his strike-throwing ability to both sides of the plate, it’s just a model of consistency.”