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    Red Sox awaiting results of Ortiz MRI

    David Ortiz took batting practice Thursday in Fort Myers.
    David Goldman/Associated Press
    David Ortiz took batting practice Thursday in Fort Myers.

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — As of about 11:45 a.m., the Red Sox had not yet received the results of the MRI David Ortiz had on Saturday on his sore feet.

    “Once we get that, it’ll give us a little more definitive plan of action to follow,” manager John Farrell said.

    The results were sent to Boston and will be examined by a team doctor, presumably sometime today.


    Ortiz has yet to play in a game during spring training as he recovers from a strained right Achilles tendon and the soreness that resulted once he tried running the bases.

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    Farrell spoke to Ortiz this morning about the issue.

    “The frustration is still there. I think [it will be] until he gets a definitive -- or until we get a definitive -- plan with him, which will take into account the findings or lack thereof of the MRI and then set out a plan going forward,” Farrell said.

    “I think most importantly at this point, as long as David is fully aware of everything that is going on or what he’s experiencing and feeling and that there’s no risk of addition damage because it is generalized in the heels and not so much in the Achilles, I think then there’s a chance to focus some of the work and answer some of those questions that might be in his mind right now.”



    • Stephen Drew is experiencing what Farrell said were “mild symptoms” from the concussion he suffered on Thursday. Drew did some physical activity on Saturday to gauge his readiness and still had symptoms. So he will rest today.

    Before he can play, Drew would have to pass an on-line test administered by Major League Baseball.

    • LHP Franklin Morales has “plateaued” in his recovery from a sore lower back according to Farrell. Morales reported to the clubhouse this morning but left within a few hours with a brace wrapped around his back.

    Ortiz, Morales and Craig Breslow (shoulder) all seem likely to start the season on the disabled list. Breslow is all but certain given that he hasn’t thrown off a mound yet. Morales and Ortiz still have a shot, but the odds are growing slimmer every day.

    • Battlin’ Alfredo Aceves is expected back in Red Sox camp early this week with Mexico having been eliminated from the WBC. The Sox also will get RHP Oscar Villareal back, too. He is in camp on a minor-league deal.


    • Xander Bogaerts is playing with the Netherlands in Japan. They face Cuba on Monday and would play Japan on Tuesday if they win. Farrell said the Sox haven’t determined whether Bogaerts would return to major league camp once he returns or go to the minor league side.

    • With the regular position players now playing back-to-back games, at-bats will soon be harder to come by for younger players. Expects some more cuts in the coming days.

    • Mike Napoli will play back-to-back games for the first time on Monday and Tuesday.

    • NESN analyst Jerry Remy will be taking next weekend off because of a family commitment. JIm Rice will join Don Orsillo in the booth on Friday. The telecast also will include members of the Twins broadcast team.

    On Sunday, Orsillo and Rice will call the game against the Rays.