BOSTON -- As the Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles in their home opener today, several injured members of the team are inching closer to a return.
Designated hitter David Ortiz, who is rehabbing his sore right heel, went 2 for 4 with a double and a single in a simulated game Monday in Fort Myers, Fla., according to manager John Farrell.
"He ran the bases well," Farrell said. "A strong day again for him in Fort Myers."
Ortiz, who did not see any game action during spring training, will get three days of activity before being sent on a rehab assignment, provided he does not have any setbacks.
Ortiz’s return will force the organization to look at its roster makeup, particularly the situation involving young standout Jackie Bradley Jr., who could be sent down to make room for the veteran slugger. Such a move, if it occurs, would cause some debate surrounding the Sox. So, too, will the pending return of shortstop Stephen Drew, who is working his way back from a concussion.
Drew is still scheduled to play at Double-A Portland on Monday before rejoining Boston on Wednesday. That would jettison slick-fielding Jose Iglesias to the minors, despite a batting average that sat at .529 entering Monday.
While Farrell has been careful not to put that move in writing, he hinted Monday at how the transaction might impact Iglesias’ mindset.
“If it turns out that that’s the move, then much like any player that’s gotten off to a great start, it’ll be hard to swallow it,” Farrell said of Iglesias.
“There’s got to be an understanding of where he’s at in terms of the organization and personal goals aligning, and sometimes isn’t always at the same time.”
In other injury news:
* Lefty Franklin Morales, out with a lower back strain, is scheduled to throw one inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday. Farrell said that Morales, who is being stretched out and could factor into the rotation mix at some point, will work his way up to three innings in extended play before being shipped out to begin a rehab assignment.
* Fellow southpaw Craig Breslow is at about the same juncture. Farrell said that the hope is to get Breslow a simulated game Tuesday and into live action in an extended spring training game by the end of the week. Breslow, who appeared in 23 games after being acquired in a trade with Arizona last July, is on the shelf with left shoulder tendinitis.