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Ethier to visit Westmoreland tomorrow

Interesting note from Peter Gammons on Twitter: Dodgers star Andre Ethier will spend Monday afternoon with Ryan Westmoreland. Adam Ethier, Andre’s brother, is one of Ryan’s physical therapists in Arizona as he recovers from brain surgery.

A lot of people have e-mailed asking if there is an update on Ryan’s condition. There has not been. My understanding is that the rehab process will be a long one and the improvements will come incrementally. The Globe also is adhering to the request not to contact Ryan’s family for information.

In other news from today’s game in Sarasota:

* Here is now Alan Embree’s first appearance went: single, walk, single, sac fly, line drive to the right fielder. He faced two lefties, giving up a single (Jeff Salazar) and the sac fly (Scott Moore). “You kind of have to back up and realize it’s his first time out,” Francona said. “Everybody else has been down here down here for a while and they look like it. I thought the ball came out of his hand OK.”

Embree still says he’s getting ready for Opening Day. Not sure that’s possible. Opening Day is a week from tomorrow and he has thrown two innings.

* Manny Delcarmen is still not throwing the ball the way the Red Sox want him to. After seeing him face three batters today, Delcarmen was assigned to throw two innings in a minor-league game on Monday. The Sox want to see him drive the ball off the to of the mound and get it going downhill. In other words, he’s a power pitcher and he needs to start looking like one.


* Pedroia’s left wrist was fine after he missed two days.

* Only the coaches and kids take the bus home after spring training away games. The regulars take a van home once they come out of the game. Adrian Beltre went from entering the clubhouse in full uniform to being changed and ready to get on the van in four minutes flat.

* One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: The Orioles are thrilled to be in Sarasota for spring training. They used to train in Fort Lauderdale at an outdated stadium with a weight room that was — seriously — under a tent in the parking lot. Their minor-league facilities were three hours away and every road trip was through heavy traffic on Interstate 95 in south Florida.

Sarasota gave Ed Smith Stadium a new coat of paint and other improvements are on the way. The minor leaguers are down the block and everybody here is happy to have them. This is the same place the Reds fled for a few facility in Arizona.

Thanks for reading the blog today. Back at it tomorrow.

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