David Ortiz politely passed on answering questions after his four-strikeout day.
Ortiz is 2 for 18 (.111) on the season with nine strikeouts and one RBI. His lone extra-base hit, an opposite-field double down the third-base line on Friday, was far more of an accident than an accomplishment given that the ball hit the top if his bat.
A “cue shot” as Terry Francona termed it.
In all, Ortiz has struck out in eight of his last nine at-bats.
“It’s still a work in progress,” hitting coach Dave Magadan said. “Guys are making some pitches on him. I think he’s missing pitches. When he does get a pitch to pitch to hit, he’s not doing anything with it. But it’s a process and we have to stay patient with him.”
The question is how long that patience lasts. Six games and 19 at-bats are a small sample size to make any judgments on. But that sample grows a little larger each day and at some point it could become foolish not to give at least some of Ortiz’s at-bats to Jeremy Hermida and/or Mike Lowell.
As for other matters:
* Jacoby Ellsbury was lucky to come away with only bruised ribs after first Bill Hall and then Adrian Beltre ran over him. Jacoby maybe needs to be a little more vociferous when he says, “I got it!”
* Welcome back, Manny Delcarmen. I never trust radar guns unless I know the scout operating it, but a few today had him hitting 94.
* Ramon Ramirez wasn’t very good in spring training and he has been worse in the regular season. Relievers, being relievers, often lack consistency year to year. Suffice it to say, there could be bountiful opportunities for Boof Bonser, Joe Nelson and the rest of that Pawtucket crew.
* Remember this next year when the Red Sox get to Fort Myers: Adrian Beltre barely seemed to hit a ball hard the entire time he was in Florida. He has crushed everything he has hot so far since last Sunday, even the outs. For veteran players, spring training is statistically meaningless.
* Clay Buchholz should sit next to John Lackey on the flight to Minnesota and talk about pitching. Buchholz has all the talent in the world yet goes into a fidgety panic every time somebody gets on base.
The Sox are off to Minnesota. I am headed back home. Amalie and Nick will tend to the blog from Minneapolis.
Thanks for reading.