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Evan Longoria felt Will Middlebrooks‘ pain. Literally. As Middlebrooks recovered from a broken right wrist, which ended his 2012 season prematurely, Longoria knew exactly what the Red Sox third baseman was going through, because he too broke his wrist back in 2008. And despite the still developing rivalry between the two clubs, Longoria offered some advice to his AL East counterpart. “I pretty much just told him he’s going to be all right. He just needed to give it an ample time to get healthy,” Longoria told reporters on Saturday. “He can’t really push it. I just told him, ‘You’re going to be fine. It’s not something that’s a career-changing injury as long as you’re healthy and you’re right. It’s not going to change the way you play the game.’” The Red Sox would prefer if Middlebrooks didn’t see too many changes in his game. The 24-year-old hit .288 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs in just 75 games last season before getting hit by a pitch in August and missing the remainder of t

Rays send Wil Myers to the minors

The Tampa Bay Rays sent prospect Wil Myers to the minors before Saturday’s game. The move was expected. Myers was hitting .300 in 34 plate appearances this spring for the Rays. Myers is already looking forward to joining the big club in the near future.   Heading down to minor league camp. Looking forward to being back here soon! Excited to join @durhambulls to start season....

Rays send Wil Myers to minor league camp

The Tampa Bay Rays sent right fielder Wil Myers to minor league camp on Saturday. The move was expected as the Rays will attempt to delay his service time from beginning which could eventually earn him Super Two status. Myers spent the 2012 season at Triple-A batting .304 with 24 home runs and 79 RBI in 99 games last season. Acquired from Kansas City in a trade for James Shields...

David Ortiz Responding Favorably to Rest and Treatment, Could Take Batting Practice on Monday

David Ortiz‘s Opening Day status is still very much up in the air, but Friday brought some good news regarding the slugger’s health status. Ortiz, who was shut down for five-to-seven days on Sunday after an MRI revealed inflammation in both of his heels, is responding well to the rest and medication he’s getting. “Feels better. Symptoms have decreased. So the prescribed down...

Red Sox Option Dan Butler, Alex Wilson to Triple-A Pawtucket After Solid Spring by Both Players

The Red Sox continue to trim their roster. The club announced after Friday’s game that catcher Dan Butler and pitcher Alex Wilson have been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, which is where both players concluded their 2012 season. This news came just hours after the Red Sox announced that pitchers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster were optioned to Triple-A and catcher Christian...

Dempster solidifies spot in Red Sox rotation

On Thursday afternoon Ryan Dempster took the mound against the Minnesota Twins and pitched and had an excellent start. Dempster went 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits. He walked 2 batters and struck out 3. Dempster threw 73 pitches, 43 of them for strikes in his 4 inning outing. This start was the 4th appearance of the spring for Dempster who has pitched 12 2/3 innings allowing...

Shaquille O'Neil gives David Ortiz a hug, wisdom

The below is a cross-post by Scott Levesque of What do you do when you’re trying to find a support group for large athletes dealing with Achilles injuries and you can’t find one? First, you need to realize there are not enough of you to warrant a support group and second you find the biggest athletes around that dealt with the same injury issue and ask them....

Jose Iglesias Has Golden Opportunity to Become Red Sox’ Opening Day Shortstop With Stephen Drew Sidelined

Jose Iglesias was essentially handed a blank check at the tail end of the 2012 season. Iglesias had every opportunity to solidify himself as the front-runner for Boston’s 2013 starting shortstop job, but he couldn’t cash in on the opportunity, and the Red Sox ultimately decided to sign veteran Stephen Drew. It looks like the 23-year-old still has the check, though, and he has...

Stephen Drew Still Experiencing Concussion Symptoms, No Timetable Set for Shortstop’s Return

While much of the focus continues to be on whether or not David Ortiz will be ready for Opening Day, there’s a completely separate issue brewing at the shortstop position. Stephen Drew, who suffered a concussion when he was hit in the helmet by a pitch on March 7, is still experiencing symptoms, and it’s unclear at this point when he’ll return to the diamond. “[Drew is] frustrated...

Red Sox Spring Training Delight - 3/16

After playing a split-squad doubleheader yesterday, the Boston Red Sox make the trip up I-75 to Port Charlotte, FL to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and there will be no television broadcast of the game in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the WEEI listening area, you can listen to the game there as well. The audio is also available...

Red Sox-Rays Live: Jon Lester, Red Sox Break Out the Green As They Face Rays on St. Patrick’s Day

11:20 a.m.: Red Sox fans may want to pay close attention to Sunday’s game. There’s a possibility that the lineup is a preview of what we’ll see when the team opens up the season against the Yankees on April 1. Shane Victorino is back in the Boston lineup after playing in the World Baseball Classic. He’ll bat second, with Dustin Pedroia batting third and Mike Napoli hitting...

Red Sox-Twins Live: Boston’s Split-Squad Day Continues With Game Against Twins at JetBlue Park

5:53 p.m. ET: One game down, one to go. Half of the Red Sox — who are signed up for split-squad action on Friday — played the Orioles to a 3-3 tie in Sarasota earlier in the day. Now, it’s on to the Twins, who arrive at JetBlue Park for a 7:05 p.m. ET throwdown with the rest of Boston’s players. Felix Doubront will get the nod for the Sox. It’ll mark his third start of...

Rotters and Sleepers: Third Base

Third base is a weak position in terms of rotters and sleepers. Last season, some strong sleepers woke up at third base. David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman awoke from their slumber to turn in some very strong campaigns. Obviously, they are no longer in the sleeper category. Even if he was, “Captain America” has been flying up the draft boards after his performance in the World Baseball...
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