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Report: Scutaro works out for Sox

Marco Scutaro, a free-agent shortstop who could potentially fill Boston’s void at the position next season, worked out for the Red Sox earlier this week, sources told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

Scutaro worked out for Allard Baird this week near Scutaro’s home in Florida, according to the report. Baird is an assistant to Sox GM Theo Epstein. The workout was reportedly held to help alleviate concerns the Red Sox had over a heel injury that sidelined Scutaro for the final two weeks of 2009.

According to another report, Scutaro told Augusto Cardenas, a reporter for the Venezualan newspaper Diario Panorama, that the Red Sox have asked for Scutaro’s medical records.


“The people of Boston called again and asked for my medical report, and [we] are working on it,” Scutaro told Diario Panorama. “I have to go to a doctor to confirm that I am OK about the injury I had at the end of the season.”

Scutaro hit .284 with 12 home runs and 60 RBIs for the Blue Jays last season. He was offered salary arbitration by the Blue Jays this week, meaning Toronto will receive draft picks if another team signs the shortstop.

The Sox, of course, are in need of a shortstop following the departure of Alex Gonzalez. While Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia has said he’d be open to switching positions, allowing the Sox flexibility to go after either a shortstop or a second baseman this offseason, Pedroia’s position switch is likely not the team’s first option.


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