Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 4/15/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. David Ortiz was scheduled to play in his third game for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Sunday, slotted in to hit third for the PawSox. But prior to the game at McCoy Stadium against Rochester, the designated hitter was scratched due to illness. “There’s kind of a sinus funk traveling through our clubhouse,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell after his team’s 5-0 win over the Rays at Fenway Park. “He fell victim to it today, so he was a late scratch.” Ortiz has gotten just seven at-bats with the PawSox during his four days scheduled to be with the Triple-A team, notching three hits. Pawtucket is home for the next four games, taking on Lehigh Valley. If all goes well, there would seem to be a possibility that the DH might join the Red Sox when they return home from a three-game road trip in Cleveland, Friday. WEEI | David Ortiz scratched in Pawtucket due to illness Everything is going pretty well without Ortiz, but I think we can all agree that his return will be welcomed. JBJ just isn't ready -- and that's not a criticism, he's just young -- and Ortiz's return allows Bradley the chance to go down to Pawtucket and get his at bats in in an easier environment. Meanwhile, the rest of the lineup shakes out once you plunk Papi into the cleanup spot. Napoli and Middlebrooks shift down. Nava and Gomes get to do a true platoon in left. The top of the lineup has a proven bat behind them to knock them in. He may be getting older, and he may be coming back from a day-to-day injury that turned into a nine-month injury, but I still expect Ortiz to be close to what we've known him as. He'll push 30 homers, he'll get on base, he'll drive in runs. But hopefully he'll also provide that psychological boost that can come with a big bat in the middle of the lineup: No one will quite feel the pressure to be The Man once The Man returns. On page 2, Joel Hanrahan will be out for the next few days. Hanrahan has been dealing with soreness in his right hamstring since his second appearance of the season in New York, Farrell revealed before yesterday’s game. And although Farrell termed the situation “manageable,” he conceded that it has impacted Hanrahan’s mechanics, specifically the drive he has been able to generate with his legs. As a result, the Red Sox don’t intend to use Hanrahan for the next few days. Farrell said it is premature to determine if Hanrahan will have to go on the disabled list. Herald | Hammy irks Hanrahan Take your sweet time, Joel. I'm not calling for his ouster or anything like that. I do believe Joel Hanrahan can be the closer for this team, and can be good at it. He throws gas and his slider is pretty serious.  But right now, he can't do anything right. I was at the game Saturday when he nearly blew it in the 9th, walking two batters and throwing one of his breaking balls that bounces five feet in front of the plate. (Those are fun, aren't they?) The fans were quick to get on him, and even gave him a little mocking cheer when he finally threw his first strike. When John Farrell pulled him with the game on the line, it became pretty clear that the team is as nervous about him as the fans are. So, he can get healthy, and the rest of the bullpen will hold up until he can be 100%. Andrew Bailey, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara all have experience in tight situations, so this team is better positioned to have a closer go down. Globe | Clay Buchholz flirts with no-hitter in shutout of Rays | 18 consecutive scoreless innings for Buchholz | Jarrod Saltalamacchia of Red Sox nearly on receiving end of no-hitter | Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan sidelined with hamstring injury | Ortiz (illness) scratched from Pawtucket start | ESPNBoston | Clay Buchholz has it all working | Clay Buchholz has no-hit bid end in 8th as Red Sox roll | Ill Ortiz a scratch at Pawtucket | RHP Joel Hanrahan day to day | CSNNE | Buchholz brilliant, pitching like an ace | Did Sox make mistake starting Bradley, Jr. in majors? | Buchholz flirts with no-hitter in 5-0 win over Rays | No-hit bid just as important to Saltalamacchia | Herald | Buchholz looks like he has staying power | Clay Buchholz keeps Rays at Bay 
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