- Gordon Edes, ESPN Staff Writer
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox on Thursday optioned right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard to Double-A Portland and placed shortstop Stephen Drew on the seven-day disabled list (retroactive to March 27) for players with concussive symptoms.
The Bard move means the right-hander will not start the season with the big club (no shock there) and likely means Clayton Mortensen will be awarded the final spot in the Red Sox bullpen. In eight Grapefruit League appearances this spring, Bard has a 6.75 ERA and has surrendered nine hits, walked four and struck out 10 in eight total innings.
Drew, who has been taking batting practice, would be eligible to come off the list in time for the second game of the season, April 3 in New York, but given that he has not played in a game since March 7, there’s little reason to believe he’ll be activated that soon.
“There’s still no timeline determined with games," said manager John Farrell, adding that Drew is expected to remain in Florida.
The Red Sox also optioned first baseman Mauro Gomez to Pawtucket.
The Sox still have until noon on Sunday to file their 25-man roster, so they’re under no obligation to do so in advance. And they have pending opt-out issues with two players, outfielders Ryan Sweeney and Mitch Maier, that factor into the equation. Maier, who has been out with a sprained wrist, just started hitting off a tee and hitting some soft toss.
Farrell also said that DH David Ortiz will accompany the team to New York to maintain the consistency of rehab work he is doing with coordinator of sports medicine service Dan Dyrek. Ortiz will return to Florida to get some at-bats, Farrell said, when he is ready to play in games. Ortiz was scheduled to take batting practice with his regular group before the game and also is increasing the volume of work he is doing in agility drills.
As for a decision on whether rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. will break camp with the big club?
“Not yet," he said.