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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Xander Bogaerts has a sore right shoulder and will miss the first few Grapefruit League games. An MRI showed no structural damage.

“We’ve just got to be patient,” manager Alex Cora said Monday. “We’ve got plenty of days. We’ve got, what, 30 more days? As of now, we do feel he should be ready for Opening Day.”

Bogaerts has been getting limited work on the field, but should be able to start throwing again within a few days. The Sox believe the soreness is a product of a change in his winter workout routine.

“He rushed himself with his throwing program during the off-season,” Cora said. “With everything that’s going on with the virus, there were a few things he wasn’t able to do in Aruba because of lockdowns or whatever they had going on down there, for the right reasons.


“It wasn’t a regular off-season on that end. He was able to hit and all that, but his throwing program wasn’t perfect. He rushed himself, he was sore for a few days. We shut him down.”

Christian Arroyo started at shortstop against the Braves.

Nick Yorke, shown last month, got the nod from Alex Cora (left) on Monday and made the most of it.
Nick Yorke, shown last month, got the nod from Alex Cora (left) on Monday and made the most of it.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

First-round pick Nick Yorke shines

Nick Yorke was playing high school ball in northern California a year ago. He faced a big-league pitcher with postseason experience on Monday.

That Yorke singled off A.J. Minter in the fifth inning of a 5-3 loss impressed Cora.

“I was thinking where I was when I was 18. Probably in Miami going to Coconut Grove or something like that,” Cora said. “That was tremendous. He’s here to learn.”

Yorke, 18, was the team’s first-round pick in June. The Sox have since pushed him, sending the second baseman to work out with the reserve group stashed at Pawtucket last season, then inviting him to major league camp this spring. He hasn’t been overmatched.


“Just to get on the field, it’s just exciting again,” Yorke said. “You get to go do what you love. I didn’t have a lot of nerves. It’s baseball.”

Yorke faced Minter, a 27-year-old with 139 games of major league experience, in the fifth inning. Minter threw a two-strike slider that Yorke stayed with and dropped into right field. Yorke drew a walk in the seventh inning off Double A righthander Jasseel De La Cruz.

“It’s definitely very exciting. Any opportunity they give me to touch a baseball field, I’m going to run away with it,” Yorke said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

Thad Ward, a 24-year-old righthander pitching in big league camp for the first time, threw a scoreless fifth inning. He is a Fort Myers native who played at Central Florida.

The gang’s all here

Hirokazu Sawamura will work out with the team Tuesday after clearing the virus protocols. The righthanded reliever was delayed by travel rules leaving Japan.

Outfielder Franchy Cordero is on his way to Fort Myers, and will need a few days to clear the intake process and come off the COVID-19 injured list.

The Sox will have two 40-man roster moves to make to bring Cordero and Kevin Plawecki back on the active roster. Plawecki returned to the team on Friday.

Unhappy anniversary

Monday marked a year since Chris Sale threw a session of live batting practice and walked off the mound after giving up a home run to Josh Ockimey. Sale woke up the next day with elbow pain and had Tommy John surgery on March 30. Sale is now in a throwing program, but has yet to get back on the mound. The Sox have said he should be back this summer . . . Righthander Zac Grotz came off the mound in the seventh inning with an elbow injury. He didn’t feel pain after the game, but will undergo further testing on Tuesday . . . Righthanded reliever Marcus Walden, who was designated for assignment last week, was outrighted to Triple A Worcester after clearing waivers and put back on the spring training roster . . . The Sox have a group of players and staffers dealing with a stomach bug. They were given additional testing and it’s not related to COVID-19 . . . The Sox host the Rays on Tuesday afternoon and it’s scheduled for nine innings because ESPN is televising. Teams have the option to play seven or even five innings by mutual consent, but nationally televised games will go the distance.


Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.