Gonzalez set for tee ball
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who had right shoulder surgery over the winter, has been cleared to start swinging a bat.
Gonzalez hit off the tee on Monday, and will do again for the next two days, and the team will evaluate the next step after that.
The slugger will have no problem at all being ready for Opening Day and is, in fact, ahead of schedule.
Here was the statement issued by the Red Sox:
“Adrian reported to Spring Training in excellent condition after working with the team training staff this offseason. He was evaluated on Friday (February 18) at the time of his Spring Training physical examination by the team’s medical staff. At that time, he was noted to have full range of motion, no tenderness, and excellent strength. Based upon this examination, Medical Director Dr. Tom Gill spoke with Dr. Altchek yesterday, who performed the surgery, and it was agreed that Adrian could begin hitting off of a tee. Adrian will continue to work with Head Athletic Trainer Mike Reinold and the team’s training staff to work on his shoulder rehabilitation program, while incorporating more baseball specific activity as his progression allows.”