David Ortiz

Morning Fort: David Ortiz not expected to play over weekend; Rusney Castillo back

Rob Bradford
March 20, 2015 - 6:49 am

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It has evidently gone beyond dehydration. After David Ortiz' missed games earlier in the week with the aforementioned diagnosis, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday morning that his designated hitter most likely won't play over the weekend while dealing with "general soreness." "He's under the weather," Farrell said. "He's dealing with a couple of things. He's going to remain going through overall treatment just getting some of the general soreness out of it. I don't anticipate him in a game over the weekend." Asked about being prepared for Opening Day -- which, in this case, might include playing in the field in Philadelphia -- Farrell noted, "In a couple of games before we break camp. That's going to get enough familiarity. Even when we've been in interleague play before in National League ballparks ... there's been some days of ground balls, which he's already been taking here. So he'll have enough time to prepare for Philadelphia." Farrell said that Ortiz's ailment is not related to the Achilles tendon issue the 39-year-old previously dealt with. Ortiz is 4-for-15 with a home run in Grapefruit League action, having also gotten a pair of at-bats in the Red Sox' exhibition game against Northeastern. -- Koji Uehara was scheduled to play long toss Friday for the first time since aggravating his left hamstring. "Our target is sometime in the middle of next week by the time he gets back on the mound after we get through some physical testing," Farrell said of Uehara, who has three spring appearances under his belt. "But he can still keep his arm in shape. I still don't question if he's going to be ready for the start of the season. I fully expect him to be ready when the season begins." -- Rusney Castillo is returning to game action at JetBlue Park after having spent the past two days getting playing time in minor league games. Farrell said the plan was to get Castillo into the Red Sox' game with the Orioles on Friday at some point, with an eye on starting the outfielder Saturday in Bradenton. As for if the manager would like to see Castillo play regularly once the regular season began, Farrell said, "We probably need to get to that point and see where we are in the next 10-14 days." -- With Allen Craig showing life at the plate, and all signs pointing to the Red Sox valuing him on the Opening Day roster, the question came up in regard to getting the first baseman/outfielder enough playing time. "That's where we've got to work to maintain versatility to make sure we don't go too long going between appearances in games played and bats accumulated," Farrell said. "We're not coming off the approach we took at the outset of spring training with Allen. Let's focus on spring training. We have to regain some of the things that made him the player he was prior to the foot injury, prior to the trade, and we're working at that. That's kind of kept our focus over the course of the six or seven weeks we're down here. Beyond that, we'll address things as they come."