Carp on the way; Ellsbury stays in place

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A few pregame notes via John Farrell’s dugout media session:

• Mike Carp, who was acquired from the Mariners on Wednesday, ran into weather-related travel delays and was not expected in Fort Myers until Thursday evening.

He will have to pass a physical before getting on the field. Seattle designated Carp for assignment before he reported to their camp in Arizona and has been working out on his own since.

“We’ve got to see where he’s at from a baseball rhythm standpoint,” Farrell said.

• Jacoby Ellsbury has been shifted around the lineup on occasion in his career. But Farrell sees him as a leadoff hitter and isn’t planning on any spring training experimentation.


“At this point, to start, that’s the first thought, yes,” Farrell said. “If he emerges or has a repeat year like he had a couple of years ago could you see that in three hole? Possibly. But to start, this is where we’re at.”

Ellsbury was primarily a leadoff hitter last season but did hit second 12 times and third 10 times. In 2011, during his breakout season, Ellsbury batted first for all but nine games early in the season. He never hit third that season.

• That shortstop Stephen Drew is completely healthy and looks it in the field has been a positive development for the Sox. Drew, who badly fractured his right ankle in 2011, is moving fluidly.

“What’s been most encouraging is the freedom to his actions in the field,” Farrell said. “The ankle injury doesn’t show any ill-effects. Just in drill work, the range he has shown. The fact that he’d be back to 100 percent physically, you look back to 2-3 years ago, this is a guy that was a mid [to] upper teens home run guy, double-digit triples, an offensive threat and really a well-rounded player.

“The early read is we have that same type of player back.”


• First baseman Mike Napoli will not play this weekend but could get in a game by the end of next week. He will have to first get in some base-running drills. “There’s no reason to think that he’s going to continue to ramp up without any setbacks,” Farrell said.

Napoli was held back in the early stages of camp because of the condition of his hips. But he has been increasing his activity over the last few days. David Ortiz, who is coming back from an Achilles strain, is a few days further behind.

• Farrell on how Jose Iglesias has looked in batting practice: “He’s a little bit more narrow in his base, he’s a little bit more upright. It’s allowed him to see the ball better and I really think free up his swing. He got deep in his crouch over time. I think it kind of caused him to work against his body a little bit. But the fact he’s upright in that stance, he feels like he’s able to hit the ball with a little bit more authority wherever it’s pitched in the zone.

• Ryan Lavarnway will catch knuckleballer Steven Wright when he starts against the Blue Jays on Monday. Because Wright throws his knuckleball hard, much like R.A. Dickey, it’s easier to catch than the floaters Tim Wakefield once threw.

• LHP Craig Breslow (shoulder) is feeling better and will soon start his throwing program.

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