CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia had been scheduled to make the trip to Clearwater to face the Phillies, but John Farrell said a growth that was removed from his back on Wednesday opened up after Saturday’s contest against the Pirates.
“The incision opened up and we’re backing him out for a day or two to let it close back up, “ Farrell said. “The medical staff wanted him to take a couple days off to let it close back up to prevent infection.”
* Stephen Drew continues his recovery from the concussion he suffered a couple of weeks ago. He hit on the field and took ground balls today back at JetBlue Park and the symptoms from his concussion keep diminishing, according to Farrell. Whether Drew breaks camp with the team is still to be determined.
“The best way to describe that is Stephen is getting closer to being back on the field,” Farrell said. “The one thing you look at Stephen is he’s so efficient and so consistent with his actions you wouldn’t project a lot of at-bats needed to get back up to game speed. We can’t really gauge that until the first game is played.”
Drew will repeat the regimen on Monday, when the Red Sox play the Orioles in Sarasota, and the off-day on Tuesday. Three of the four Grapefruit League games after that are scheduled for JetBlue Park.
* David Ortiz did agility and conditioning drills followed by hitting in the cage back at the Jet Sunday. Farrell said the “penciled-in plan” is to have him stay in Fort Myers when the team breaks camp next weekend.
* Farrell praised Daniel Nava’s versatility and perseverance during the media session prior to Sunday’s contest against the Phillies. The switch-hitting outfielder is batting .325 (13-for-40) this spring.
“That’s always been the calling card,” Farrell said when asked about Nava's plate discipline. “He’s always put up a good at-bat, had a good on-base wherever he’s been. It’s recognized there’s been some time where he wasn’t as consistent, but once again, he’s a guy not afraid to hit with two strikes, willing to work deep in the count, which is what this organization has prided itself on that type of approach at the plate.”
Farrell said Nava's willingness and ability to play different positions far outweighs his performance at the plate.
“He’s a very good outfielder and the way he’s adapted to first base with a quite a bit of confidence has been noticeable,” Farrell said.