BOSTON — The Red Sox think it’s unlikely is Eduardo Nunez back before the postseason, and it’s not a certainty at this point he’ll make the first-round roster.
Coming back from a right knee injury, Nunez hit on the field, took grounders and did some 40-yard sprints in the outfield on Friday. He hasn’t attempted baserunning yet, and won’t until next week.
“We’ll put together some simulated action Monday or Tuesday in workouts here,” manager John Farrell said. “[Base running] will be built into his BP on Sunday when he hits live on the field here. We’ll incorporate that coming out of the box and simulate as much as possible.”
Whether the Red Sox would carry Nunez if he’s available only as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter isn’t clear.
“I think that’s probably going to be dependent upon what we see he’s capable of and how he comes out of those simulated settings,” Farrell said, “so that’s yet to be determined.”
John Farrell can add another job to his resume.
The former Boston Red Sox manager has joined the crew for ESPN's "Baseball Tonight," according to The Boston Globe. His debut will be on Wednesday for a season-preview show.
The Red Sox fired Farrell on Oct. 11, 2017 despite a second-straight A.L. East crown. Alex Cora will begin his first season in Farrell's old role during the 2018 season.
Farrell added the broadcast work after the Cincinnati Reds hired him as a scout and adviser with a focus on pitching. He interviewed this offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals managing jobs, but both teams passed on him.
In this corner, the challenger out of Scranton, Pa., Joltin' Joe Biden...In the other corner, straight out of Queens, the President of the United States, Dandy Donald J. Trump!
The venue: LeLacheur Park, Lowell, Mass., home of the Red Sox Class-A affiliate, the Lowell Spinners.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's The Slasher at LeLacheur!
After the former Vice-President told a crowd at the University of Miami earlier this week of the current President, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him, President Trump fired back on Twitter Thursday morning.
The Spinners, the Sox' short-season New York-Penn League affiliate, have offered to host a boxing match between the Republican President and Democratic former Vice President on Aug. 17 by the flagpole at LeLacheur. Former light-welterweight champ and Lowell native Micky Ward has agreed to referee.
No word yet if Trump, who'll be 72 by then, or Biden, 75, have accepted the invitation.
The Spinners' press release announcing the invitation says that if the two do accept, "the boxing match will take place regardless of the weather, no matter how stormy it may get."