03/24/2013 6:14 PM ET
Bard shows improvement against Phillies
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Red Sox right-hander Daniel Bard, who is on the bubble when it comes to making the team, had a mixed bag in Sunday's performance against the Phillies.
First, the good. All three of Bard's outs in his scoreless inning (with one unearned run) were strikeouts. He also did not walk anyone, unlike Friday's performance in the Minors, when his command was off.
The negative was that Bard still had some inconsistency with his delivery. He gave up two hits, but not on hard contact. There was a bunt and an opposite-field single.
"Better than his last outing," manager John Farrell said. "He's still a work in progress because you see the arm slot early in the first couple of hitters, and it got back up. I thought he attacked the zone well, threw some better fastballs today."
For the first time since 2009, Bard is in the position of fighting for his spot on the team. He hopes it helps him raise his level during these final few days of camp.
Bard enjoyed being able to face Ben Revere, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. He finished his outing striking out Howard.
"I know there's a lot on the line for me personally, and I think having guys in the box who are All-Stars every year kind of makes you bring it up to another level," Bard said. "That's definitely who I would have picked to face -- that part of the lineup. It was fun, and I felt like I was in control. A couple of things, a bunt hit, and Utley hit a good changeup, he just placed it perfect. He's a good hitter. I was really happy with how I threw the ball."
Ellsbury leaves game with jammed right heel
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Sunday's game with a jammed right heel, but this does not appear to be a significant injury.
That's a good thing for Boston, considering that David Ortiz and Stephen Drew are already expected to open the season on the disabled list.
Ellsbury tweaked his right foot lunging back to first on a pickoff attempt by Phillies lefty Cliff Lee. The play happened in the top of the first inning, and Ellsbury stayed in the game initially. In fact, he even attempted his first stolen base of the spring moments later but was thrown out.
It was not Ellsbury's idea to come out of the game. Instead, the club did it as a precaution.
"I told [trainer] Rick [Jameyson] to tape it up and 'let's go,'" Ellsbury said. "But I feel good. It just got a little tight, but it's nothing of a concern. I'm sure we'll look at it tomorrow, but I mean, the way I feel, I feel good about it."
Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team was cautiously optimistic Ellsbury could return to the lineup Wednesday. The club is off Tuesday. Ellsbury was not scheduled to play in Monday's game in Sarasota against the Orioles.
When the Red Sox came out for defense in the bottom of the second, Shane Victorino moved from right to center, and Bryce Brentz was inserted in right while moving to Ellsbury's spot in the batting order.
As soon as Victorino moved to center, Ryan Howard tested him. Victorino ran into the wall to make the catch and was down for a brief moment. But he stayed in the game and seemed no worse for the wear.
"Having an opportunity to make that play was great," Victorino said. "I don't know who won the war, I guess I did. I made the catch. That's all that matters."
Workman tests stuff vs. high-caliber lineup
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Though Brandon Workman was not invited to Major League Spring Training this year, he got a day pass Sunday, one he will long remember.
The Red Sox gave Workman a chance to pitch on the road against a Phillies lineup that included established Major Leaguers Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.
The right-hander -- who was selected as Boston's best Minor League pitcher last year and is the club's 13th-ranked prospect by MLB.com -- went three innings and gave up three hits and two earned runs. He walked two and struck out one.
Workman will have some fun stories to tell when he returns to Minor League camp Monday.
"That was really exciting, to go up there and face those guys," Workman said. "Obviously I've watched them play in World Series and all that stuff. So it was really cool to get up there, get a chance to pitch and get a chance to see how my stuff plays against that caliber of lineup."
How did Workman think it went?
"When I was locating and ahead in counts, I thought I did well," Workman said. "I had a couple hitters where I left fastballs up and walked them. Other than two hitters, I thought I had a pretty good outing."
Red Sox manager John Farrell saw some things he liked.
"We cut his outing short, thinking the rain was coming, just to make sure we got [Andrew] Bailey and [Daniel] Bard to the mound," Farrell said. "But he ran into a little bit of a stretch where he had a hard time getting the ball down. Heavy fastball. Good breaking ball. Most importantly, you watch the body language, the way they handle this environment, and it was good."
Drew progressing but remains day to day
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Stephen Drew's concussion symptoms are not completely gone, but when they occur, they are "minimal," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.
The shortstop continues to ramp back up toward a return to action, though the club is unlikely to set a timetable until the residual effects of the concussion -- sustained March 7 -- are completely gone.
"Stephen will have a full workout this morning, much like he did [Saturday]," Farrell said. "He'll hit on the field. He'll take his ground balls. We'll still monitor day to day and see if we're closer to him getting back on the field with some kind of game reps hopefully soon."
"It would be ideal if we could get him into some Minor League games before camp breaks," Farrell said. "We'll see how he comes out of these next two days."
• Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was supposed to start Sunday's game against the Phillies, was scratched from the trip after having a growth removed from his back Wednesday.
"The incision opened up after yesterday's game," Farrell said. "Because of that, we're backing him out for a day or two to let that close up to not risk any infection or anything like that."
Ryan Lavarnway made the start behind the plate for Boston.