Well, it sure sounds as if Adrian Gonzalez is going to see some time in the outfield.
Gonzalez has been working out there and Terry Francona and his coaches will next map out the possibility of where it would best suit Gonzalez to play. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia do not have a huge, ominous right fields, and he may get some time in those venues during the nine-game interleague road trip which begins Friday.
That could mean having to take playing time away from J.D. Drew and/or Josh Reddick. Drew could possibly shift to left depending on the pitching matchups. Gonzalez has told Francona that he would most comfortable in right field (same side as first base).
“I have no doubt that If it’s hit to him he’ll catch it,” Francona said.
Obviously, you won’t be seeing a lot of ground covered, but Francona feels Gonzalez will be able to throw the ball to the right base, hit cutoff men, etc.
Third base is out for Gonzalez because he’s lefthanded.
Francona said this morning that he’s concerned about David Ortiz sitting for 11 days (9 games), but he’s also concerned for Gonzalez and his health.
“If something ever happened I’d catch a lot of (bleep),” he said.
Francona said he wanted to wait until after today – when he sees what the pitching matchups will be in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia – to map out some type of plan.
• Josh Beckett was scratched from his start on Tuesday because of the flu and rescheduled for Saturday in Pittsburgh. But now that game is in danger, too.
“He’s really sick. Doctors are trying to figure out … he wasn’t good [Tuesday] again. We’re going to have to play this by ear,” Francona said.
The Red Sox are making contingency plans. Andrew Miller, who pitched on Monday, threw a shorter bullpen session yesterday and will be available on Saturday if needed.
“We don’t want to run [Beckett] out there the first day he’s OK,” Francona said. “Because we know him so well, we want him to have day 2, day 3, day 4. So we’ll see how he responds.”
• Bobby Jenks (back) will throw a longer side session tomorrow. Francona said he has taken “rapid” steps in recent days.
• Jed Lowrie’s ailing left shoulder is being examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles today.