J.D. and his balky back
At the time of year when most players inevitably proclaim to be in “the best shape of my life”, Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew was candid today about the fact that his back — that limited him through August and September last year — is still problematic.
Drew said that he is fine to play right now, but admits that it’s unpredictable when it might lock up.
“I’m not concerned that I won’t be at full capacity to play,” Drew said. “Like I said,
if we had to go out there and play a game today, I could do that. That wouldn’t
be a problem. That being said, I have battled with this the entire offseason as
far as stiffness goes. Not really mobility as much. You wake up stiff, you move
around, you do a few things, sit down for a while, you get stiff. Able to get
up and move around and swing the bat, stuff like that I can do no problem right
now. The one major thing is when it locks up, that’s when it causes the main
Other than that, the talk of camp today was how Jacoby Ellsbury looked more muscular and how David Ortiz looked trimmer. Big Papi will do his first media briefing of the spring on Monday.