Red Sox planning on a rotating DH

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Here are a few notes from Fenway South:

• Don’t expect the Red Sox to use one player as the designated hitter until David Ortiz comes back.

“We feel like this will be a rotating thing rather than one person being the regular DH. It serves a couple of benefits. You’re looking for matchups; you’re looking for a day off their feet,” John Farrell said.

“I know it’s early in the season, we’ve got off days. The physical side of it might be less of importance. But there will be a number of things factored in when we slot in the DH on a given day.”


• As for Big Papi, he has not progressed to batting practice the field but was expected to take some swings in the cage. Farrell said he hoped to see Ortiz on the field “in some capacity” before the team breaks camp next Saturday. That could be running the bases or taking batting practice.

• Stephen Drew (concussion) took BP on the field and seem to have a normal round. He seems to be advancing quickly the last few days after being down for two weeks.

• Lefthanders Franklin Morales (back) and Craig Breslow (shoulder) are throwing but not close to getting back on the mound. They will stay in extended spring training when the team leaves.

• Infielder Pedro Ciriaco (back spasms) went through a workout today. The Sox are hoping to get him in a game on Sunday, either in the major league game in Clearwater or a minor league game.

• Farrell on Daniel Bard: “There’s still some continuing work to be done there. Still part of the process to get him back to the reliever that we’ve known him to be. Daniel is well aware of this, this isn’t a flipping of the switch. This is a step process that he’s making solid progress in.”


Farrell wants to see more consistency from Bard. That means repeating his delivery, being consistent between outings and doing a better job with the first batter.

• The Red Sox will play their starters against the Pirates and will bring the same players to Clearwater for Sunday’s game against the Phillies. The starters will get some at-bats in a minor league game on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s day off.

• Ryan Dempster and Koji Uehara will pitch in a minor league intrasquad game on Sunday.

• The Red Sox will bring righthander Graham Godfrey up from minor league camp to start against the Orioles on Monday. The 28-year-old, who was obtained from Oakland in November, is 1-6 with a 5.09 earned run average in 10 major league appearances.

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