Adrian Gonzalez moves further in his recovery, Takes 25 swings.
Boston Red Sox’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez took another step towards his return to the playing squad by taking nearly 25 swings during his batting practice at Palms park on Sunday. He also had little hitting practice on Friday
but that was restricted to only 10 swings and was done in the cage rather than on the field.
“The pitcher is throwing the same way in the cage as out here,” Gonzalez told reporters. “The only thing, from a hitter’s perspective, is you get to see the trajectory of the ball. You get to see if you get good back spin on the
ball or not.”
Red Sox’ manager Terry Francona was quite happy with the player’s rehab but didn’t set any deadline for player’s return. He said that the player still needs a lot of time to get back to his best and for this he may be sent to minor
league complex for more batting practice before eventually testing him in the Major League game.
“Today was a good step,” Francona said “But again, he needs to build up some volume, and we’ll get him in a game when he’s comfortable. There’s really no rush.”
The 28 years old Vateran joined the spring camp a weak earliar then the official reporting date and had been continually involved in catching and fielding practice but it was the last Friday when he had some batting practice.He
is far ahead of schedule and the player who was expected to miss some early part of the regular season may get his chance in the Grapefruit league in this weak
“He might just get in a game,’’ Francona said. “If he gets in a game and his timing’s not quite down and he takes an 0-fer, we can live with that.’’
Gonzalez joined Red Sox at the end of the last season at the cost of first baseman Anthony Rizzo, right handed Pitcher Casey Kelly, outfielder Reymond Fuentes and Eric Patterson. The Player underwent right shoulder surgery before
coming to Red Sox and that’s been the reason the club management did not offered him a long term contract. However with his recent improvements regarding his injury it looks more likely that the club will offer him a long contract sooner rather then later.It
is being expected that the first baseman will have an offer in the range of 154 $ million for the next seven years.
Gonzalez had a tremendous last year with Pedres in which he hit .298 with 31 homers and 100+ RBIs in the 160 games. He has been All Star Performer for the last three continuous years and was the winner of Gold Glove award winner
in the two of the last three years. Red Sox desperately needs him for the upcoming season in their hunt for the World Series. So are the fans that are anxious to watch the towering homers by the 30 + homer threat.