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David Ortiz' Red Sox post-playing deal may wait until late 2017 or 2018

David Ortiz' Red Sox post-playing deal may wait until late 2017 or 2018

BOSTON -- David Ortiz never rushed around the bases. He’s not rushing back into a job with the Red Sox, either.

Opening Day is a big reminder that Ortiz is gone from the lineup. Eventually he’s going to rejoin the organization in a multi-faceted off-field role, something greater than what most alumni players take on.

But that doesn't sound like it'll be finalized any time soon. Perhaps later in 2017, maybe in time for 2018, Sox president Sam Kennedy said Sunday during CSN’s Baseball Show podcast.

All the parties want it to happen, but the retired slugger is acting just like that: retired. 

“We’ve had I’d say three or four very positive meetings with him, with his agents, with John Henry, with Tom Werner,” Kennedy said. “He is so important to this franchise, so we’re talking about ways that we can work together for the long, long term. Not just the traditional sort of alumni contract where David would do a few things. 

“But we’d like to have a more meaningful role and helping him with his marketing partnerships, have him have a meaningful role with our young players. And so we’re talking through it. There’s no rush to get it done, because at least according to him, he is not coming back. So we’re talking and I would expect we’ll get something done this year, but he’s really enjoying taking time off. He’s been traveling a lot. My understanding he’s going to be gone for sort of the first month of the half of April.”

Ortiz’s jersey, No. 34, is to be retired in a Fenway Park ceremony on June 23. 

“There’s really no rush,” Kennedy said. “But he knows, believe me he knows the door is always open for any role he wants to perform with us. And we do want to get him involved sooner rather than later ‘cause he can be so helpful on the player’s side.”

Consider this a potential transition year, then.

“I think so, and we’ll definitely see him in June when we’re retiring his number,” Kennedy said. “But in terms of sort of a formal capacity, I don’t know — probably something this year. But it may be next year. In terms of, you know, the timetable.”

Whether broadcasting on NESN would be a part of the deal is up in the air.

“Broadcasting is an interesting one,” Kennedy said. “I think that’s probably me projecting that I would love to see him — that’s my personal opinion — as a broadcaster. He brings so much energy. His charisma is unmatched. Very much like Pedro. So I’d love to see David involved in broadcasting. 

“He dabbled in it, a little bit in the postseason over the last couple years and I thought he was great so we’d love to have him do that as well, but I’m not sure he’s up for that type of schedule. And commitment right now, when he’s got younger kids and he’s traveling around. He’s going to (his son) D’Angelo’s games. So we’ll see how it plays out over the next couple months as we continue our talks.”

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”