Red Sox pregame notes: Xander Bogaerts 'ready to go' following MRI, normal down days for David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval

Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2015 - 7:51 am
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There was cause for concern with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts and his knee after missing Tuesday's game and going for an MRI, but those concerns were lifted with a negative result of the MRI and Bogaerts getting back in the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals. "The way he presented some of the symptoms, sure there was concern," manager John Farrell said. "That was why the MRI was taken. It came back clean. He felt a little bit more loose even during the game last night and then reported today with all the stress tests that were given and movements he was put through with no ill affects. Clean bill of health." "Bogey is ready to go," he added. "He went out -- not only after getting examined this morning, went out through some running, change in direction, some work on the field, so he is a full go." Bogaerts is the team's best hitter to open the season, as he's 13-for-30 (.433) with seven RBI. The news may not be as good for reliever Brandon Workman as it was for Bogaerts. Workman is seeing Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his right elbow, after being placed on the major league disabled list with a right elbow strain. "They are actually meeting right now," Farrell said. "We should have something sometime during the game. I don't know a definitive update right now." OTHER RED SOX NOTES -- After leaving Tuesday's game after being hit by a pitch on his left foot, Pablo Sandoval is out of the lineup Wednesday, but not because of the foot -- just a down day. "Panda [Sandoval] is actually ready to go, but felt like this was an opportune time to give him a day off," said Farrell. "Give us a little bit more of a right-handed lineup even though that puts Brock Holt at third base." -- The same goes for David Ortiz, as it also gives him a chance to get two consecutive days off his feet with Thursday being an off day. "David is just a day off -- day game after a night game," said Farrell. -- One of the biggest positives from Tuesday's win was the performance of the bullpen as they threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Justin Masterson. Edward Mujica earned the win with 1 1/3 innings, which comes after he allowed homers in his first two outings of the year. "I think anytime a guy come out of the bullpen and can put a previous outing behind him and come out and execute -- he did exactly what he needed to and that was give us four or more outs," Farrell said. "[Tazawa] was on a limited exposure given the 25 pitches the night before so a key outing last night for Eddie."
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