NICK CAFARDO I BASEBALL NOTES

Max Scherzer talks a good game

Max Scherzer.

Scherzer started his career with the Diamondbacks but really learned how to pitch with the Tigers.

Fort Myers, FL - 03/02/15 - Boston Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart. Red Sox Spring Training. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Peter Abraham, Topic: 03Red Sox, LOID: 8.0.2826364469.

Alex Speier

Catcher Blake Swihart almost certainly untouchable now

The injury to Christian Vazquez has left the Sox in no position to trade Swihart.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-7124.jpg Christian Vazquez’s injury is a sad, scary development

The Red Sox are anxious about the man they expected to bat ninth and catch 140 games this season.

Red Sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022215RedSoxSpring_spt79.jpg Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez concerned after MRI

Vazquez, whose status for Opening Day appears in doubt, said he was unsure whether there was a tear in his elbow.

FILE - In this March 24, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz speaks during a news conference in Sarasota, Fla. Ortiz says he

David Ortiz comments on why he wrote about drug tests

“It’s not me. It’s the reporters who keep asking me the same questions,” Ortiz said.

Baseball notebook

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New shortstop Gregorius left with a sprained left wrist after the fourth. X-rays were negative

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

Dear David Ortiz, since you brought it up . . .

A look at allegations of steroid use and drug testing that have revolved around David Ortiz.

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The Red Sox beat the Rays, 9-6, in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz talks with catcher Blake Swihart during a spring training exhibition baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Kissimmee, Fla., Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Friday’s spring training report: Clay Buchholz isn’t sharp

Old friend Pedro Ciriaco touched Buchholz for a three-run double in a rain-shortened Atlanta win.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/mookie150-7079.jpg For Mookie Betts, milestone marks changed approach with Red Sox

Betts is looking to adapt his game to balance plate discipline with an aggressive approach on pitches he can hit.

Red Sox notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c1a8eb272a9e4d77a2e179ff87ad7634-c1a8eb272a9e4d77a2e179ff87ad7634-0.jpg Red Sox send Christian Vazquez to get MRI

Vazquez has caught only 26 innings in major league games this spring, the last coming on March 13, because of a sore right elbow and triceps.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/27/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/ortiz150-8128.jpg Failed drug test shadows Ortiz

The stigma has stuck to Ortiz like pine tar, scarring his legacy and threatening to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester throws against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 16, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

File/Lenny Ignelzi/AP

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Jon Lester says arm fatigue no longer a concern

“Everything felt good,” said Lester, who threw 54 pitches over 3 innings.

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hits a second-inning single in a spring training baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Alex Rodriguez’s cousin pleads guilty to federal drug charge

A cousin of Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez who was the star’s longtime personal assistant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal drug charge.

David Ortiz blasts those who believe he’s a drug cheat

The Red Sox’ designated hitter wrote a first-person essay on PED suspicions, the hall of fame, and MLB testing practices.

David Ortiz 0-for-3 in return to game action for Red Sox

The designated hitter has been sidelined since March 16 because of illness, dehydration, and soreness.

Shane Victorino has worked with fellow outfielder Mookie Betts throughout spring camp.

Dan Shaughnessy

Victorino episode a rare brush fire in Red Sox camp

The Red Sox’ glut of big league-ready outfielders in the spring of 2015 was bound to bubble over at some point.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/chin022115RedSoxSpring_spt45.jpg Shane Victorino disputes notion he wants Mookie Betts traded

The Red Sox outfielder said his comments regarding a potential deal for Cole Hamels have been misinterpreted.

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez speaks Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Fenway Park, in Boston, after being elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Martinez, a three-time Cy Young winner, helped the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Sports Media

Pedro Martinez a great fit with MLB Network

The soon-to-be Hall of Famer was the breakout star of TBS’s playoff coverage in 2013, and was even better last October.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9a9e6c2f45f344b29524fd9312c8a3b5-9a9e6c2f45f344b29524fd9312c8a3b5-0-7094--90x90.jpg Christian Vazquez insists he’ll be ready for opener

The catcher is making progress with his arm problems but is not 100 percent, according to John Farrell.

NICK CAFARDO | ON BASEBALL

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Garcia is a Rule 5 player and a former Sox prospect who could end up back in Boston if there’s no room in Baltimore.