FORT MYERS, Fla. -- All things considered, Blake Swihart was lucky.
One day after taking a foul ball off the chin of his face mask, Swihart remained sore but didn't exhibit any of the concussive symptoms typically associated with similar injuries. The young Boston Red Sox catcher was cleared to continue baseball activities and is expected to play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins, according to manager John Farrell.
If anything, Swihart said, the injury accelerated the delivery of a new mouthpiece. Swihart always wears a mouth guard behind the plate but was set to have a new one shipped to him before the start of the season. Instead, he will receive it this week.
A few other quick notes before the Red Sox host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at JetBlue Park:
--Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is "getting close to a bullpen" session, Farrell said. Rodriguez has only played long-toss since he suffered a dislocated right kneecap more than two weeks ago.
-- By the end of the week, first baseman/third baseman Travis Shaw will play the outfield in a spring training game. The Red Sox view Shaw as a potential super-utilityman man in the mold of Brock Holt, who played seven positions last season.
-- The lineup against Pirates right-hander Ryan Vogelsong once again features Xander Bogaerts in the cleanup spot. Farrell is trying out different ways to avoid having three right-handers at the top of the order and to ensure David Ortiz gets to the plate in the first inning.
RF Mookie Betts
DH David Ortiz
SS Xander Bogaerts
CF Jackie Bradley
RHP Joe Kelly